Explore the most popular trail running 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.

15 days ago

start at river bridge entrance, the abbot rd entrance is completely overgrown after .25mile mark. Unless youre bringing a machete or battleaxe forget it, you'll be fighting Ents on your way to Isengard.

the natural bridge trail is cool, around 2 miles you can hike out on a horn right above a waterfall for sweet pics and spot for a beer.

Beautiful views & wildflowers!

Loved it. Did it yesterday and nobody was on the trail. Fantastic views. Highly recommend Mt Baldy. If you go there, be careful not to miss the correct turn off on the return route. It was deceiving and lost some time.

hiking
2 months ago

If you're deciding whether or not to hike this trail, definitely do it. Highly recommend it, even if you don't intend to go all the way to Baldy Peak.

Two important points:
1. Trailhead & Parking: The trailhead is not marked with any signs, and is just a ramshackle gate directly across the road from the driveway of 12700 Upper Applegate Rd (the location pin is right on). It's easy to miss if you've never been. You can park about 300 ft past there on the right at a nice gravel pull off and walk back to the trailhead, or park on the shoulder next to the trailhead, but it's really small.

2. The trail continues on to Baldy Peak, providing better and better views the whole time. If you're going to go up and have the energy, definitely go all the way to the top of Baldy.

Trail was accessible and awesome in winter, even after a pretty substantial snow the night before. It's an uphill trudge, but well worth it. Give it a go.

Great hike!

Good Hike, river is basically by your side the entire trail. Beautiful views and pictures, was still icy when hiked it. Quite a few rocks on the trail, but nothing to difficult, besides incline on mud.

4 months ago

Good trail out and back. Small amount of snow right now but so pretty did not need any snow gear. Beautiful!

I have hiked this trail on many occasions it has a few tough part but a nice hike. You can hike it to baldy mountain trail and continue on baldy mountain trail to the top where you will come out on a mountain road .when you reach the road you can go right the road a short way and you would come to mule creek trail and take it back down to mule mountain trail and back to your car. it takes me about 4 hour to complete this hike and I'm a avid hiker. it also possible to hike over to little gray back mountain trail. but you should have two vehicles to do this hike parking one at mule mountain trail head and and one at little gray back mountain trail head. Or leave a vehicle at one and get drop off at the other trail. but make sure you know the way too get from one trail to the other. If you are starting at mule mountain trail. Take mule mountain trail to baldy mountain trail turn right on baldy mountain trail following it until you reach the mountain road then follow the road probably a couple of miles until you come to where it intersect another road turn right at this junction then follow the road until you reach a four way intersection ( I would estimate it's about a 1/2 mile or so. when you reach the four way intersection turn right and follow this road about a 1/4 mile or so to little gray back mountain trail. you will past a road gate on this short section of the road and the makes a hard right and this is where the little gray back mountain trail starts keep a eye out because last time I've did this hike the trail head wasn't Marked very well. And I have done this hike coming from the other way. From little gray back mountain trail,and it took me a couple different try until I figured out how to get from one trail to the other trail. So if try this hike give your self plenty of time to do it and if you going from little gray back mountain trail to baldy mountain trail to mule mountain trail. You will want to make all the right turns left turns. And now I think there's signs letting you know the way too go.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike. Fairly simple trail to follow, but it feels isolated enough to enjoy your surroundings. The gorge is powerful and gives you sight of the Rogue River you won't find along other stretches. Highly recommend checking it out!

trail running
5 months ago

I imagine that this trail is overgrown in the summer. This time of year it is awesome. Dog, kid, wife and beginner trail-runner did fine. I will be doing it again.

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

hiking
6 months ago

Nice hike with hidden camp spots. Trail is well marked and easy, great for families. The water is cold all year, too cold for swimming. Pretty swift in some areas.

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

hiking
7 months ago

My sister has bad knee and was able to enjoy the hike. We had a wonderful time.

hiking
11 months ago

Great trail. The miners shack has since fallen down; look for a flattened pile of wood on your right. Turn left there to get to the bigfoot trap.

Easy trail, pictueresque, with a lake across the street to cool off when your done with the hike.

hiking
11 months ago

We started this hike at Woodruff Bridge which made it a 4 mile out and back hike which was just right for the first hike of the season! Parts of the trail are slightly covered by overgrown plants but besides that it was a very enjoyable easy hike. Any skill level could do this hike, there's a very slight elevation change and there are a couple of spots next to the river to break and/or take pics! The Gorge is absolutely beautiful and you can hear it from about a half mile away. You can continue to the left side and climb down on the boulders to get closer to the edge. Very cool hike, would do it again for sure! Make sure you bring bug spray!!!

hiking
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The trail description says the trail is 14.3 miles. Actually it is about 2.5 miles because the trail starts at Middle Lake and ends at Lake Ivern. From Middle Lake to the trail head is Seven Lakes Trail.

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Very straightforward up and down hike, not a lot of downhill on the climbing​ section if you start from Hart-Tish. Great views of small surrounding area.

Super easy to follow trail when there's​ no snow. No blazes to be found though.

Fresh bear scat on the ridge. Saw no snakes. Plenty of ticks and some poison oak. None of the above were too sketchy or terrible for a May hike.

hiking
Wednesday, April 05, 2017

It was a nice hike. I did the grouse loop trail (right next to Collings mtn trailhead), but it didn't seem like enough for the day, so I hiked this one after that just to the ridge. Definitely a good climb and a couple really nice views.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

This trail really felt strenuous. I think perhaps because it is relatively short (3+mi to the summit) it is rated moderate but it feels harder than that. The views of the surrounding mountains were spectacular. The Applegate lake was pretty. other than those two, it was a steep trail in our beautiful Oregon wildness.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

gorgeous

Monday, February 20, 2017

hiked it 3 times...

Sunday, February 05, 2017

Fun trail! I have driven by it many times headed to Applegate Lake and never saw it. Only complaint about the description is that it doesn't say much about the the trail continuing. It connects to a network of trails. Baldy Peak is the nearest mountain with an actual lookout. Pretty well maintained trail.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

lots of downed trees the first mile with the creek rerouted onto the trail for a section. Once you got passed that it was fine until the thick snow towards the top. thankfully a trail runner came the opposite direction so i followed his prints. I would have not known where the trail was otherwise because of the snow. Not many scenic overlooks as I was hoping. Decent trail overall.

hiking
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

beautiful trail. mostly level. not sure how far we made it. amazing seeing the lake so low.

Usually do this during the summer months with my daughter and our dogs, taking dips along the way. Have backpacked all the way around the Lake few years back.

hiking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Great hike when water is up, skip it when the water level is low.

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

This trail is a nice trail, it is alot up hill. need some bud spray too. hiked 3 miles and was a great work out.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2016

Fun trail, Gorge is about 2 miles in. I am sure we will be back to see some more of it.

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