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Location: Approximately 2/3 of the Rogue River Trail is on the Medford District BLM in Josephine County, Oregon and approximately 1/3 is on the USFS Gold Beach RD Ranger District in Curry County, Oregon. The trail is co-managed by both agencies.
The trail runs from Grave Creek to Illahe, with various vehicle access points at Foster Bar - West trailhead, Grave Creek - East trailhead 30 miles from Grants Pass, Marial Road (middle).
The 40 mile Rogue River National Recreation Trail is in the heart of the National Wild and Scenic Rogue River Canyon. The trail runs from Grave Creek to Illahe. The Rogue was one of eight rivers originally designated under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 1968. The intent of the act is to protect the river's outstanding values of scenery, fisheries and recreation for present and future generations. One of the most interesting ways to experience the Rogue River Canyon is by taking a backpacking trip on the Rogue River National Recreation Trail.
Most of the Rogue River Trail is well constructed and has moderate grades. The average hike over this 40 mile trail takes 4 to 5 days. Trees, land slides and high water can create difficult passage across the trail after storms. Trail Maintenance on the Rogue River Trail is now done by the USFS and BLM in February and March after winter storms are no longer a threat. This is a hiking trail only and is closed to motorized vehicles, bicycles and pack animals.
The trail can be hiked starting from either end or from the middle. See "vehicle access points" below. If you hike east the sun will be at your back in the afternoon, which might be desirable in the summer time. Spring and fall are the popular hiking seasons as the summer can be hot and dry in the Rogue River canyon.
Width: 24 inches.
Primary Surface: Soil, compacted
Secondary Surface: Rock, smooth
Average Grade: 5%
Maximum Grade: 20%
Elevation Low Point: 200
Elevation High Point: 375
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available
Year Designated: 1981
Supporting Webpages and DocumentsDocument: Brochure
For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.
Bureau of Land Management
2164 NE Spalding Ave
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Siskiyou National Forest
Gold Beach Ranger District
Gold Beach, OR 97444
Rogue River Trail
The Rogue River Trail Is a truly amazing resource. There are amazing opportunities on it for hiking, viewing wildlife, fishing, and more!
November 9, 2018
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