Southern Oregon Hiking Trails
Rogue River Country offers the hiker, horseback rider or bicyclist varied options for a great outdoor recreational vacation.
Rogue Country has thousands of square miles of secluded deciduous and old growth forests with hundreds of miles of trail systems. Much of this is high country, however coastal and ocean beach trails are also numerous. Abundant native forest plants and wildlife will keep you company while trekking along the hidden hiking trails. We don’t want to forget the traveled roads if you are looking for a ride or hike along Hwy. 101 or maybe through the back roads of Rogue River Country.
Map by the National Wilderness Preservation System.
Rogue Country offers much to the hiker who chooses a different path, one less traveled. Here-in we will give you the information needed to plan your back to nature hiking, biking or horseback trail information.
Depending on the time of year there may be snow in the higher elevations. It is always best to map out your hiking plan before you go. Check references with the agency that controls the forest you will be traveling in for travel info; such as rules, regulation, fees, etc. Be sure to leave your itinerary with someone, if you don’t show up on time, people will know where to start looking.
Upper Rogue River Hiking Trails
Rogue River National Forest, which is the managing agency for much of the mountain forest lands of the Upper Rogue region.
Rogue River National Forest
The Cascade Siskiyou National Monument is managed by the BLM. A visit to their web site will explain the diverse hiking area encompassed in the area, including recreational opportunities.
Crater Lake National Park recreational information
Prospect Ranger District / National Forest
47201 Highway 62
Prospect, Oregon. 97536-9724
Middle Rogue Hiking Trails
Hiking trails information in the Middle Rogue area will be accessed from one of the links below. This area is especially strong in botanical and geological assets.
Illinois River Wilderness Trails
High Elevationt: 3,800 Ft.
Trail Length: 27 Mi.
Low Elevation: 300 Ft.
Trail #: 1,161
Rating: Mod. to Difficult Trails
Season: Spring – Fall
From Grant’s Pass, Oregon take Highway 199 (Redwood Highway) south to Selma. Turn right on Illinois River Road at the Selma Post Office (County Road 5070) follow it to Forest Service Road 4103. From the junction with Forest Service Road 4105, 4103 is dirt to the trailhead. High clearance vehicles are recommended beyond McCaleb Ranch.
The Illinois Trail winds through the north side of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness area. A fairly difficult hiking trail near Bald Mountain, with breath taking vistas.
Wild Rogue River Canyon Hiking Trails
The Rogue Canyon Trail follows the river as it flows to the sea. Lodges are available to stay at on your hike or float trip. If the lodge you wish to stay at is on the opposite side of the river from the trail, hailing them will get you a boat ride across. Be sure and make reservations at our member page. This is a great Oregon trail hiking or river experience.
Hiking The Historic Rogue River Trail
A Great Article in the San Francisco ChronicleClick Here!
Lower Rogue River Hiking Trails
The Rogue Trail continues into the Lower River’s region and as it does it changes federal managing agencies going from BLM to US Forrest Service. A great trail trekking experience. There is also the Illinois River Wilderness Trail which follows the Illinois through the Illinois Wilderness from the Illinois Valley near Selma to the Oak Flat Trail head 2.5 miles from the little town of Agness.
Wild Rivers Coast Trails
Grassy Knob Wilderness Area
Located in the Elk River Drainage
A Rainforest of conifer trees the Grassy Knob Wilderness area hugs the steep mountainsides of the Southern Oregon Coast. Elevation changes from 2,000 ft to sea level with Grass Knob itself at 2,342 ft. above sea level. Home to the rare Port Orford Cedar with its drooping branches and trunks to over 6ft.diiameter.
Umpqua River Trails
Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness Hiking Area
3,200 to 6,878 feet in elevation and 33,000 ac. in size the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness splits the Rogue River and Umpqua River drainages. Located 8southeast of Roseburg 80 miles.
Both beautiful and mysterious with areas of high meadows and mountain-hugging mist. In the spring months there is an abundanceof wild flowers and in the fall months vivid fall colors usher in the season change. Many hiking trails transverse the landscape so visitors are able to access the breathtaking views and hidden lakes and lakes and meadows.
Mt. Thielsen Wilderness Hiking Area
Mt. Thielsen area is 55,100 acres the largest wilderness protection in the Umpqua National Forest. 80 miles east of Roseburg, on the crest of the Cascade Mountains. A land of volcanic activity that also created Crater Lake, a land of fire and ice. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the Mt. Thielsen wilderness.
Mt. Thielsen Wilderness Hiking Area
Diamond Lake District Umpqua National Forest
P.O. Box 1008
Roseburg, Oregon 97470
Boulder Creek Wilderness Hiking Area
Small waterfalls and rapids connect the series of quiet pools (suitable for summer swimming) that make up Boulder Creek, a tributary of the North Umpqua River. The rapids run south and west, channeling through the heart of the Wilderness. Ponderosa pines are found on Pine Bench at the lower end of the Wilderness and are considered to be the largest stand of Ponderosa Pine Trees this far northwest of the crest of the Cascade Divide.