The Chetco Gorge Trail is across the Cheto Wild and Scenic River  from the old low water bridge site. From this location, you must hike upriver on the old road until it leads to a river access location. From there you must ford the river, picking the best low water route across, working your way back down river toward the bridge site on the other side. Walk uphill on the road a short way to the trailhead on the right. There are good fishing and swimming spots.

Care should be taken to avoid poison oak.

Fording of Chetco River is only safe during low water periods, usually late spring to early fall.

At a Glance

Open Season: Spring - High Water Flow
Usage: Medium
Closest Towns:
  • Brookings, OR
Water: No drinking water
Information Center: Gold Beach Ranger District

General Information


Trail and access are not barrier-free.

Trail is not designed for ATVs or OHVs.

General Notes:
  • USGS: Bosely Butte


The trail is located 18 miles north of Brookings, Oregon. From Highway 101, take County Road 784 (North Bank Road) to Forest Service Road 1376, to spur road 1376-170, to the site of the Low Water Bridge. From the end of spur road 1376-170, follow the trail (dirt road) upriver to the river ford location. Once across the river (to the west side), return down river to access the trail off Forest Service Road 1846 (near old Low Water Bridge).


Mountain Biking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Easy

Horse Riding

Difficulty Level: Easy

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


  Area/Length : 
1.7 miles

  Elevation : 
200 feet