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Rogue River Trail

The 40 mile Rogue River National Recreation Trail is in the heart of the National Wild and Scenic Rogue River Canyon


Length: 40.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? $5.00

Allowed Uses:

Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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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.
State(s): Oregon
Counties: Curry
Longitude: -124.05526
Latitude: 42.63933

Driving Directions

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.

Trip Planning

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.

Additional Details

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:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Document: Brochure

Contact Information

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.

Trail Management:
Bureau of Land Management
2164 NE Spalding Ave
Grants Pass, OR 97526
(541) 471-6500


Siskiyou National Forest
Gold Beach Ranger District
29279 Ellensburg
Gold Beach, OR 97444
(541) 247-3600




USFS Brushy Bar Guard Station cabin

USFS Brushy Bar Guard Station cabin



WhiskyCreek Cabin

WhiskyCreek Cabin



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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