Easy, beautiful! I recommend springtime to avoid major heat off the rock canyons and bring water purification. plan on three to four days to enjoy it and I always recommend a car waiting at the other side or pay a raft shuttle company to give you a lift.
was a great trail and experience! don't be fooled tho... this trail has some tough areas that are narrow and a bit sketchy. but well worth the trip! We started at graves creek and hiked thru to foster bar June 2016. lots of poison oak so take tencu plus tick and mosquito repellent.
Machelle W. on Rogue River Trail
I only did part of the trail with my family due to this being our first backpacking trip, but it's definitely one I'd love to complete in the future.
Bryan H. on Rogue River Trail
First time on the trail and I had a blast. The views are breath taking. It rained on and off on Thursday, but not much. I was able to take refuge in a Lodge. I was so upset that all the lodges don't officially open until May 1st. So no hot food of even a cold beer.
I highly recommend this to anyone.
Woods W. on Rogue River Trail
Great trail. Important to keep an eye out for bears or other big animals. They love our food scraps! Moderate trail unless your going in the summer time. Bring sunscreen and make sure you have plenty of water. There was a lot of traffic as well. Lots of day packers and trail runners. We went from Graves Creeks to Foster bar so the sun was at our back
Loved this hike! We took our 10 yr old dog and he did great as well. We all had a little bit of a hard time when it turns to the canyon (where you are basically walking on the edge of the mountain and following the river). We did not calculate the length properly and it was a hot day so we got wore out, but still made it with smiles on our faces. The reward was camping in the field at the ranch. We had a great time the whole time and made a couple new friends by some bad luck at the very end of the trip. We left our truck at Graves Creek and after our 5 day trip someone had stolen the battery. So Please be careful and don't leave anything of value in your car. Luckily we didn't have anything they wanted other than our battery and another couples. We had an old truck and our new friends had a newer Subaru. It was disappointing but since we weren't alone in the unfortunate moment it wasn't so bad. Everyone around was pretty helpful and obviously we made it out alive. But not what you want to discover after a 5 day backpacking trip. Loved it regarless!
Enjoyed the trail and the river. The trail does leave the river quite often. Lots of fun swimming and fishing.Some nice jump rocks with deep water. Beautiful gorges. Very few mosquitoes in September. Took 4 days and 5 nights to complete Graves Creek to Foster Bar. At Graves Creek there are no signs indicating a trail head until you hike 50 yards up the trail at the far end of the parking lot. Took Dozer (my rottweiler) and he had a blast. He only barked at one animal in the middle of the night. whatever it was, It backed off. Hang your food overnight. Saw one black bear. Our 8 mile days worked great. Picked up a small amount of trash. The rafters have more fun on this river. I was a little envious. I am going to raft it next time.
My wife and I did this over the summer. We decided to start at the Big Bend Trail head and make our way east. The trail guides mostly cater to west bound backpackers so we had to take this into consideration. It was nothing a little additional planning and preparation couldn't fix.
A lot of the trail is in the sunlight. This is great if you are using portable solar panels. It's not so good if you are trying to beat the 98 degree heat with 30+ pounds on your back.
We encountered very little wildlife. We remained wary of bears but did not see any. we did learn the rattle snake high step although at my age it is not a dance I prefer. We heard but did not see two rattlesnakes. we didn't stick around to check them out.
For the most part we enjoyed our trip.
This could easily become a go to for friends who want to experience southern Oregon backpacking.
Absolutely gorgeous section of the Rogue. I'd say five stars but there is an insane amount of poison oak hugging the trail. We drove in to Marial and started midway, going as far as Brushy Bar to camp (about 7 miles). In May there was a plethora of spring flowers. Such a delight! The bear boxes were very helpful and reassuring with how many bears there were in the area. I'd love to raft this area soon.
I really liked this hike. Getting to the trailhead was half the fun. My GPS took me on some out of the way tracks to get me to the trailhead. I advise looking at a recent TOPO map of the maze or roads traversing the immediate area just to get you safely to the hike's beginning. Add to that the recent forest fires in Oregon that swept right through this area had me driving through "road closed" signs to get to the trailhead. However, the recent rains had extinguished all but one small blaze that can be seen from my photos at the top. I ran into not one other human being on the trail or the twenty five mile drive to the trailhead. The hike is pretty much straight up taking you through a lower forested area that burned in 2005. Up the trail from that is exposed on loose rock and shale but not a problem if you have the proper hiking boots. On the far side of the mountain the trail then becomes shaded in old growth trees and is dark and wooded. Night and day from the previous half mile. As you reach the top the trail becomes exposed again. At the top is the remnants of an old fire lookout and a plaque commemorating the naming of the mountain. There is also a geocache container. Absolutely no services so bring plenty of water. Our little dog enjoyed the trek as well
Amazing views. Planned out 7 days to begin with but ended up doing it in 2 1/2 days. Surprising there is not a lot of trail access to the River but plenty of creeks to jump into.
The first half is uninhabited for the most part besides boaters and rafters. The second half, being the most popular, you tend to run into people more often for the reason of mid point trail access. Had more encounters with wildlife than humans. Saw one bear about 50 feet from us. Totally harmless but don't take your space from them granted since they are pretty big and intimidating. Saw an abundance of cougar dropping but no sightings. That occurred closer to the mid section of the trail.
I would say the last 5 miles before Illahee lodge is the hardest part with a lot of switchbacks and beware A LOT of poison oak right along the trail.
Enjoy because it is absolutely gorgeous out there!