Rogue River Trail

Josephine County, Oregon

Elevation Gain9,674ft
Trailhead Elevation629ft
Elevation Min/Max551/814ft
Elevation Start/End629/629ft

Rogue River Trail

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.

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Backpacking Oregon: From Rugged Coastline to Mountain Meadow (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"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."
Hiking Southern Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Art Bernstein and Zach Urness
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"This is the longest and best hike in the Oregon Siskiyous. The path follows the worldfamous whitewater gorge of the Wild and Scenic Rogue River as it cuts through the Siskiyou Mountains and Coast Ranges to the Pacific. There are porta-potties and parking for 25 cars at the Grave Creek boat launch, but overnight parking is not allowed. The best place to park at Grave Creek is on the sides of the road above the boat launch. At the trail’s far end, there is a pit toilet and parking for 8 cars at the trailhead just before Foster Bar. There is parking for 100 cars at the actual Foster Bar boat launch site."

Rogue River Trail Trip Reports

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great hike, butiful and totally worth doing!!
u can go what ever distance u want each day! the swiming is cold but feels really good!
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We did this as an overnight ... Grave Creek to Black Bar Lodge, spent the nght, and return the next day to Grave Creek (early September 2007). It's 9.6 miles into the lodge, the weather was hot, and the scenery absolutely stunning. During our two days of hiking, we encountered not a single other person on the trail (lots of boaters on the river, of course), a couple of deer and a black bear that scaled a tree to escape our entry into his area. BLMs offices have an excellent (and free) mile-by-mile trail description. Hardest part of this trail segment is from Grave Creek the 1.7 miles to Rainee Falls. We spent the night before we embarked at Wolf Creek Inn at Wolf Creek, good rooms and fine dinners. Black Bar Lodge family-style dinner was excellent, breakfast was satisfactory and they make a to-go lunch for you; rooms have heat if you need it and plenty of hot water before the generator goes off at 10 p.m. Looking forward to doing other segments of the Rogue River Trail.

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Hiked 41 miles from Grave Creek to Agness. Excellent trail, must take water purification with you. Surprised to find the trail so far from the river (elevation) and how jealous I became of the rafters and kayakers! Oh to float and drink cold beer! But it is worth doing just to say you have done it. First three miles to Whiskey Creek in the dark (not recommended) then 13 mile days from then on. Shorter days would have been nice. Take time to swim in the river or creeks every chance you get.

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Trail Information

Josephine County
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Additional Use
Grants Pass Interagency Office: (541) 471-6500; Smullin Visitor Center: (541) 479-3735
Local Contacts
USGS Mount Reuben and Marial; BLM Medford District; Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest
Local Maps

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