Explore the most popular river trails in Siskiyou 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.

I hiked this trail with my kids recently and in our opinion, it wasn't the most interesting trail in the area. We much prefer the Little Falls Loop and the Boardwalk Interpretive trail. If you want to see more of the boardwalk and the Jeffrey pine trails, here is a link to our YouTube video in which we document our hikes. :) https://youtu.be/lPJ7wtx5iG0

Beautiful. Rocky paths with random waterfalls crossing the trail. Shaded the entire way. The falls are more of a drop in the river and less fall but a nice spot to have a snack and sit down. Hike is between easy and moderate. If your kids are hikers and know how to be safe, this trail is fine but if they’re they type of kids that don’t understand potential dangers, I would say skip this trail. There are a couple of drop offs but enough room to be safe as long as you’re paying attention. I wasn’t scared at all but I could see where some people could be.

hiking
18 days ago

This is nice, but not what I was expecting. You hike to a rapid in the river, not “falls”. Lots of rocks with no trail at times. Still better than being indoors. Hiked this in December.

walking
24 days ago

Nice little walk along the river...but I would NOT recommend going out of your way to see.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was gorgeous! the views of the river were great and we even saw a river otter!

however, from the trail head to the falls and back was 4.9 miles and not kid friendly.

great hike with awesome views! Just lots of rocks and steep drop offs..leave the kids behind for this one!

Amazing hike today. Rained making it a little slick in spots but still beautiful. Recommend this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

I love this trail. It's beautiful, just the right amount of different exertions and it's out where there is no cell service. there's little swimming holes along the way and fishing spots as well. I love being able to get out and away from the craziness of town. there's a second trail opposite side of the river that's a bit easier, more for taking the kiddos on. it's a beautiful hike all year long.

Favorite hike so far in proximity to Medford. Beautiful views and no road noise so you can enjoy the nature in its entirety. Lots of little waterfalls on the way. And views of the river bending back and forth with trees in the background. Mostly shaded if coming from the south trailhead. It is pretty rocky and narrow like everyone else said. Kinda scary since I’m afraid of heights and the rocks are mostly damp, although not super slick. I’m surprised little kids go on this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Just a bit muddy in the winter months but very beautiful.

Beautiful! all the way!

took my two year old. it was a fun hike but definitely not more than 2 miles.

I would do this hike again but with no kids. The pictures didn’t do justice on how close you come to the edge of a drop off. We didn’t finish the hike due to how dangerous it became for the kids. ( we brought 5 kids under the age of 6. ) let’s just say I was completely uptight and uneasy the whole time. However if you are going with a young teen or adult it’s perfect. Very beautiful

Beautiful!

Mostly Shaded all year round. Some people are expecting the word Falls to live up to its name. There is no Water fall at the end if this hike. it is more like a Gorge, especially when water levels are high. It is neat to watch rafters navigate through as well as Large Salmon Jumping. Young kids should be watched closely on some sections where the trail narrows and edge is steep. This is a great day hike.

hiking
4 months ago

This is definitely a moderate trail. Lots of rock formations to go over and through. Some water to walk through at times, but easy enough to get through. Beautiful views and the waterfall was breathtaking! Worth the strenuous hike at times.

Beautiful day to be outside! The trail is well maintained and absolutely gorgeous!

Great trail!

Beautiful fall views.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice river trail, fairly rugged and rocky trail surface
Cool view of Grave creek/Rogue confluence from the bridge at trailhead

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful day and beautiful trail. Lots of hikers out with dogs. The falls are beautiful but you need to stand in the right spot to see the salmon.

Great day hike. Well maintained and easy to follow. You have a view of the river the whole time. Had a great time with two dogs. Saw lots of rafters on the river and a couple other hikers along the way.

we really liked this trail. 2 adults and an 8 year old. we are glad we didn't bring our puppy though. Too Rocky to have to hold a pulling leash the whole time.

hiking
7 months ago

Loved the hike. Very nice scenery. Has some steep sides so keep kids close.

off road driving
8 months ago

Interesting road that I've driven by many times. About 10 miles back there was a Y and I took the high road. There was another road I could have gone either way as well. Not sure which move was wrong but I ended up on North bank Rd of the Smith River which was a surprise. Next time I'll have a map.... Interesting area.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike! Would recommend hiking shoes instead of tennis shoes and maybe some bug spray. Amazing views and wildlife!

I would recommend this hike in the Spring or early Summer. The water was pretty low when we went (August) and the falls were nearly non-existent. It was also hot and smokey from the forest fires, so that didn't really help with the experience. The trail is rocky and narrow at times, but still easily passable and not difficult. It's a pretty hike and I'll have another go later on. Maybe even in the winter.

hiking
9 months ago

A little rocky in spots but well worth it!

Beautiful scenery with regular access to the river, which was great for my dog on a hot day. Lots of poison oak and blackberry. Falls were not quite what I expected, so I accidentally passed them and continued too far along the river. I wasn't sure where the trail actually ended, but it must have been a bit past the pit toilet.

hiking
9 months ago

Did another trail close by and noticed signage for this. Info on trail says it is one of the largest Myrtle trees in the world and is possibly 400 years old. Very short little uphill trail.

One of my personal favorites! The start is a little rough and rocky but the mellows out after a mile or so. Great views all the way. It can be quite hot during the summer months so bring water or a good filter. Whiskey Creek cabin is 3 miles in and makes for a good first destination. Bring good shoes too as the trail can be rocky and rough on feet. Enjoy!

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