Explore the most popular forest trails in Rogue River National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Wagner Butte Trail

hiking
2 days ago

Decent elevation gain but not hard by any means

Very easy trail with very gradual elevation changes, nothing hard. Hiked in mid-May 2018, about 4 miles in & back & no snow on the lower portion this year. Pretty views of Mt. McLouthlin & the lava flows. Lots of highway noise about 90% of the hike, but nothing too irritating. Not challenging for an avid hiker, more of a nature walk than hike. Trail very well maintained. Make note of which trail you come from at junctions, for your return. Would be great for kids. Pleasant day out & about.

hiking
4 days ago

Don’t use google maps to get you there because it won’t lead you to the correct spot. You will need to drive through a creek with a high clearance 4x4. Besides that it is a great hike worth any amount of hassle to get there. Do yourself a favor and hike the entire trail to the peak. The view will pay you back.

Beautiful. You can also start from Mt Ashland.

Beautiful views

hiking
10 days ago

Super close to the road, so easy to access. Incredibly powerful river as it runs through its own canyon. Rogue Gorge Falls upstream is an awesome sight: so powerful. Fence separates the canyon from trail, safe for dogs and kids.

Beautiful views & wildflowers!

great hike! well worth the distance

roads up to parking area are clear although the lot is full of water.

start the hike with switch backs, level out then ascend a seeming never ending incline. Rest assured once you hit sheeps creek slide it gets easier incline wise. Snow free until wagner glade, ranging from 1 inch to 18 inches of snow in some area. Most of the bootpack is solid but some steps send you post holing. great views at the top. not very rocky

enjoy and sign the log at the top

Sadly we attempted this one today but the road is packed with a few feet of snow so we didn’t have access. We will be back though in a month to see if the snow has melted enough.

Haven't been yet...I've researched this trail and it is impassible due to the fire that caused washout a couple of years ago. With that said, I believe the only way to reach this falls now is via the Stuart falls trail off of the PCT near Crater Lake which makes it a very long hike!

Beautiful!

Gorgeous!

Watch out for bears! Dad and sisters talked me into condemned lookout tower...rickety...don't do it!

Beautiful! Watch for the "Hippo" rock!

Nice views, great for older kids to explore the geological offerings of the area!

Great family hike replete with cave and Bigfoot trap, great ending point at the peak after enjoying lunch and the views! I've hiked this 5 times...each time great...plus the lake is right around the corner for a swim after :)

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best hikes around the Rogue Valley with easy access from Ashland, Talent, Phoenix, and Medford. The drive up is cool, with a great parking area and a distinct sign at the trailhead.
The hike is hard though not the hardest, starting with a long uphill slog that is somewhat intense even if you are in shape. Solitude abounds, the trail is well-marked, and Sheep Creek Slide is awesome. I can't say enough about this hike. Not the hardest hike you can do, but requires a solid amount of effort so be prepared to do a little work.

Gorgeous views on the way down!

I wanted to scout this before I took my twin 7 year olds up here - glad I did. They are experienced hikers and the first 2+ miles would have been a bit much for them. Hiked this with my dog on a balmy 60+ degree in mid January. Good hike if you're looking for a nice workout and Don't want to see any other humans. Go mid week.

Fun and short hike. Best in the summer time! So you can play in the falls

hiking
4 months ago

Very well maintained, beautiful trail. Great view from the summit though metal pipes (to prevent people from falling?) were kind of distracting. Snow patches here and there and slippery at places but nothing hard.

Great hike.... not to much up and down, and would be great for bikes although we walked... def do again.

Absolutely beautiful

Fairly strait forward and some fun elements like the Bigfoot trap. Trail was well maintained. Some nice views up top as well.

Love this hike. Good place to take dogs. Fabulous photos.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun hike with beautiful views.

The two waterfalls were beautiful, but a fire has burned through the last mile or so to Rough Rider falls resulting in tons of downed trees. Big trees! Constantly climbing over huge logs, squatting under them, or re-routing to get around them. Reached the final fall tired, frustrated, and muddy.

hiking
8 months ago

Really enjoyed this hike. Great distance good up hills and good long mellow slope side sections. We went in September and the valley was mostly full of smoke but I still didn't care. And we live in Talent so its super close. Will definitely do this one again.

hiking
8 months ago

Very interesting and informative. You can see the river, trees, waterfalls and awesome lava tubes.

hiking
9 months ago

Wanted to see the lunar eclipse but Oregon was on fire! Amazing hike and really beautiful. Trails are pretty overgrown now though. Wished I'd wore my gaiters. ☺️ magical experience though!

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