Southern Oregon Hiking Trails

Southern Oregon Hiking Trails - Rogue River Trail

Crater Lake National Park to Gold Hill

The Rogue River was designated one of the first national Wild and Scenic Rivers by Congress in 1968.

Headwaters are in Crater Lake National Park starting from the crystal clear cold Boundary Springs at the 6000 foot elevation on the west slope of Mount Mazama an ancient volcano.

The Rogue River drainage is over 5000 square miles of Southwest Oregon. Starting in springs in the Cascade Mountains as a Wild and Scenic River westward through the dense Old Growth Forests of Douglas Fir in the Rogue River National Forest on its 200 mile path to the Pacific Ocean.

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Map by the National Wilderness Preservation System.

Southern Oregon Hiking Trails

Southern Oregon Hiking Trails in 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.

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Upper Rogue River Hiking Trails

Southern Oregon 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.

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Crater Lake National Park recreational information
Prospect Ranger District / National Forest
47201 Highway 62
Prospect, Oregon. 97536-9724
(541) 560-3400

Sky Lakes Wilderness Area
Rogue Umpqua Divide Wilderness Area

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.

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Illinois River Wilderness Trail

High Elevationt:  3,800 Ft.
Trail Length:  27 Mi.
Low Elevation:  300 Ft.
Trail #:  1,161
Usage:  Moderate
Rating:  Mod. to Difficult Trails
Reservation:  No
Season: Spring – Fall

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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.

Location Information:
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.

Illinois Ranger District Trails Map

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.

Wild Rogue Wilderness Trails
Galice Ranger District Trails Maps
P.O. Box 440
Grants Pass, Oregon 97526

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Hiking The Historic Rogue River Trail

A Great Article in the San Francisco Chronicle Click Here!

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Lower Rogue River Hiking Trails

The Rogue River 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.

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Lower Rogue River Trail information Foster Bar to Lobster Creek:
Siskiyou National Forest
P.O. Box 440
Grants Pass, Oregon  97526
Siskiyou National Forest
Rogue River Trail

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.

Southern Oregon Hiking Trails

Siskiyou National Forest Grassy Knob Trail
Chetco Ranger District Trails
Powers Ranger District Trails

Southern Oregon Coast Hiking Trails

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Along the Oregon Coast from the Columbia River to the California line there is a coastal hiking trail that follows the Oregon Coast line. In Southern Oregon one such trail is Through the Samuel Boardman State Park between Brookings and Gold Beach. Between Coos Bay / North Bend and Florence is the Oregon Dunes National Monument hiking trail.

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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.

Southern Oregon Hiking Trails - Mott Bridge on the North Umpqua River - Mott Trail

Southern Oregon Hiking Trails on the Umpqua

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.

Tiller Ranger District / Umpqua National Forest
Douglas County Trails

Mt. Thielsen Wilderness Hiking Area

Southern Oregon Hiking Trails in the High Cascades

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.

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Umpqua National Forest / Boulder
North Umpqua National Forest Recreation

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