Panther Ridge Trail #1253

The Panther Ridge Trail follows a historic travel corridor utilized by the indigenous peoples of the area. Most of the trail follows Panther Ridge from Bald Knob to Buck Point. Approximately 95% of this trail is within the Wild Rogue Wilderness, and is closed to any kind of motorized vehicles or equipment. Most of the trail travels under magnificent stands of old-growth timber and through rhododendron and scrub oak undergrowth.

While there are many scenic parts to the trail, some deserve particular note:

  • Panther Camp Meadow, which is located on a side trail about halfway along Panther Ridge
  • Hanging Rock, a high outcrop at the extreme eastern end of Panther Ridge. From Hanging Rock, you have a breathtaking view into Eden Valley, and far away into the Rogue Wild and Scenic River canyon. But watch your step - the giant boulder which is Hanging Rock is situated on a sheer cliff, high above the trees below.

The trail has no water, so hikers should carry enough water along with them.

At a Glance

Open Season: Year Round - Access limited late Fall-Spring
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness regulations apply
Closest Towns:
  • Powers, OR
  • Glendale, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Powers Ranger District

General Information


Access from:


Day Hiking


Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
10.8 miles

  Elevation : 
2,800 feet - 3,300 feet range