Rocky Rim Trail #1572

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This trail features a bird's eye view of Fish Lake and traverses a ridge separating the Fish Lake Basin and the remote Castle Creek Drainage within Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness. From the Beaver Swamp Trailhead, the trail travels 2.5 miles to the base of the Palisades, an outcropping of volcanic rocks and spires. The trail climbs around these formations to the top of the cliffs, with Fish Lake visible far below.

Past the junction with the Rocky Ridge Trail #1571, the trail continues south along Rocky Ridge, surrounded with views of Fish Lake and Castle Creek as well as distant views of the high Cascade Mountains. In places, the trail clings to the narrow backbone of Rocky Ridge, before finally entering the trees and sub-alpine meadows at the junction with the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail #1470.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 09/28/2020: Re-opened
Open Season: Summer
Usage: Light
Restrictions: Wilderness restrictions apply
Closest Towns: Tiller, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Tiller Ranger District

General Information


Beaver Swamp Trailhead

From Canyonville, OR, turn off of southeast Main Street onto southeast 3rd Street / OR-227. Continue on OR-227 for approximately 23 miles until reaching the town of Tiller, OR. Turn left onto County Road 46 (South Umpqua Road 28) and continue for approximately 24 miles. Turn right onto Forest Road 2823. Follow Forest Road 2823 and turn right onto Forest Road 2830. Then take Forest Road 2830 and turn left onto Forest Road 2840. Follow Forest Road 2840 and turn right onto Forest Road 2840-400, the Beaver Swamp Trailhead is located on the right side of the road.



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Horse Riding

  • Views of Fish Lake and Castle Creek.
Difficulty Level: More Difficult

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  Area/Length : 
6.7 miles

  Elevation : 
4,000 feet - 5,800 feet range