Rogue River Trail is a hiking trail in Josephine County, Oregon. It is 9.3 miles long and begins at 629 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 19.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 9,674 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking.
Rogue River Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Southern Oregon’s Rogue River has earned a special place in the hearts of whitewater rafters. The 40-mile float trip from Grave Creek to Illahe is one of the most popular in the country, and it’s easy to understand why. This wild canyon provides continuously spectacular scenery, waterfalls, unusually abundant wildlife, and plenty of thrilling rapids. The Bureau of Land Management has a lottery system in place to regulate the number of people on the river. For backpackers there is an equally scenic way to see this roadless canyon. The Rogue River Trail has no crowds and requires no permits. The route parallels the north bank of the river for the entire distance. It is unquestionably one of Oregon’s most exciting long backpacking trips."
--Douglas Lorain, Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow (Wilderness Press).
"One of this country’s most famous river gorges may be seen from this trail. The route passes Rainie Falls, one of the Rogue River’s scenic highlights and the only spot on the Wild and Scenic section of the lower Rogue which forces rafters and boaters out of the water. Highlight: This is the best hike in the Oregon Siskiyous. The path follows a world-famous whitewater gorge as it cuts through the Siskiyou Mountains and Coastal Range to the Pacific."
--Art Bernstein, Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous (Falcon Guides).
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