Rogue River Trail is a 37.1 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Grants Pass, Oregon that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length37.1 miElevation gain4,419 ftRoute typePoint to point
BackpackingCampingFishingHikingNature tripsRunningCaveDog friendlyForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBugsRockyHistoric site
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This is a trail that cuts through Rogue River Wild and Scenic, and the Rogue River Wilderness on the north shore of the Rogue At Grave Creek, on the South side of the river, there is a short out-and back hike to Raney Falls. The view of the falls is much more impressive from that side than from the north The Rogue River itself is closed to motorized boats from Grave Creek to Blossom Bar rapids. Below Foster Bar the River is open to motorized boats but the bordering land is Wilderness. The river is popular with rafters, kayakers, and drift boaters. There is year round salmon and steelhead fishing. Hikers share campsites with boaters. There are restrictions on fire usage. There is a popular day hike to Whiskey Creek, 3.3 miles one way from the trail head. Whiskey Creek has an old Gold Miner's cabin. It is possible to drive to a spot above Whiskey Creek and make a steep hike down to the cabin; it is far less enjoyable than the river trail There are currently 3 lodges operating on this trail - Black Bar Lodge, Paradise Lodge, and Marial Lodge. Some people hike this route with day packs and get food and lodging from the lodges. At Black Bar you need to ring their bell for someone to come to row you across. Some people float down the river and hike the approx. 40 miles back

Grave Creek boat launch, trail head for day hikes. Park on the road above the boat ramp for overnight, or pay one of many available services to shuttle your car to Foster Bar. Overnight parking is supposedly available 5 miles from the trail head. See brochure referenced above in the "Map" field.

Smullin Visitor Center at Rand 14335 Galice Road Merlin, Oregon 97532 (541) 479-3735 email: BLM_OR_MD_Rogue_River_Mail@blm.gov www.blm.gov/or/resources/recreation/rogue Gold Beach Ranger District 29279 Ellensburg Gold Beach, Oregon 97444 (541) 247-3600 www.fs.fed.us/r6/rogue-siskiyou/

Grave Creek trail head: From Interstate 5 points south - Merlin Exit (# 61) go west on Merlin Road, which becomes Merlin-Galice Road and then Galice Road for 22 miles. From Interstate 5 points north - Wolf Creek exit (#76) Keep right at the fork merge onto Old State Hwy 99 S for 0.4 mi; right onto Front St for .1 mile; left onto Lower Wolf Creek Rd, which turns into Lower Grave Creek Road 9.7 miles. Foster Bar Trail Head: From Gold Hill Highway 101 from the south end of the bridge over the Rogue River take Jerry Flat Road 9.8 miles east. Continue on Agness Road, National Forest 33 for 20.9 miles. Turn right on Agness-Illahe Rd, 3.3 miles to Foster Bar turn right, .1 miles.

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Steven Cook
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HikingGreat!

The trail was wonderful. We just went April 20 - 25th. Disappointed that the All Trails App did not work in the middle of our hike. It might have been operator error. Maybe someone could tell me what I did wrong. No reception up there. No red button to record the hikes. Saw such wonderful scenery, flowers, slugs, king snake busy eating a lizard, very poisonous salamanders but cute, two deers, waterfall, creeks, few rafters, few hikers, a little rain, loved it.

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Tony Hayden
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My son and I hiked this trail in late April/2021. The weather was perfect. No trail maintenance had been completed yet this season so there was a fair amount of fallen timber to get around and over. The high vistas that look out over the beautiful Rogue River are plentiful and always awe inspiring. We spent three nights, had no trouble with bears or insects, just lots and lots of poison oak. Careful where you sit. All in all a wonderful experience. We used White Water Cowboys to shuttle my pickup from Grave Creek to Foster Bar and ate the most amazing cheeseburgers ever at Port Hole Cafe in Gold Beach. Memories for a lifetime!

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Tarsa Weikert
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I went on a mini backpacking trip. Everything about this place was perfect except the ticks! I flicked 2 off my dog that were crawling around on him. I somehow ended up with a tick on my back! I removed it within 24hrs, so fingers crossed that everything will be okay! I will probably not be coming back during the Spring.

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Jeff Morgan
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best place I've been to backpack, water and campsites every couple miles. didn't realize it after I started there is no overnight parking which after night 2 was told by a hiker that tweekers might break into your car . any trip will be an out and back not point to point. the trail past the rogue river ranch somehow got even more wild and scenic with more sheer cliffs and beautiful views

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Kara Freeman
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RunningGreat!

Did a long day hike (34 miles total) starting from trailhead past Ditch Creek and back. It got more and more beautiful the longer I hiked, so I’m guessing the end is even prettier. Wish I would have done more planning and researching because I originally wanted to do the full 37 in a day but didn’t know how I could get back to my car in shoulder season. Wasn’t sure if the shuttle services were open. Nonetheless, it was perfect for a long training day which was intended. Saw only two people the entire day and a group of rafters. Trail in great condition, but watch your step as I was very close to stepping on a large snake (but it was polite and gentle and moved off trail with a bit of coaxing). Some sections a bit boring but like I said, it got prettier as I kept on.

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Alexander Davis
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Amy Ross
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Only did a few miles, but what I saw was beautiful!

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Chris Schneider
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BackpackingBlowdownGreat!MuddyRockySnowWashed out

Just finished this 40 mile trail from graves creek boat ramp to foster bar boat ramp. It was 25-30 degrees at night and about 40 during the day. The trail was all passable but there are some dangerous rock/mud slides just before marial trail head. There was a small amount of blow down but looks like most of it was cleared in the fall. Most creeks had bridges and the ones that didn’t weren’t terrible to get over. Poison oak leaves were all gone and no bugs- it would appear these are both big issues in the warmer months. Other than a little snow and rain we had a good time and the views are outstanding! A few miles of this trail take place on a cliff edge.

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Michael Paul
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BackpackingFeeNo shadeRocky

The only hard part is the first 3m chili when you have a pack on and you are coming down anthem is coming up and also go look for the things as well but all and all it was a blast and the wildlife is And crawdads

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Caitlin Seid
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Paula Keady
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BackpackingGreat!

Great fall hike. No mosquitoes, poison oak died back and trail overall clear. Nights in the 50’s and days in the upper 70’s. Beautiful scenery.

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Jill Devenport
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Our group persisted and went in smoke that cleared to Black Bar Lodge, (that’s why is was just a four). Then on to Marial and Paradise Lodges. Even in the rain!Lovely hike. Got in raft a couple times which was fun. Great guides with Momentum, Glenn and Trish. Fun times.

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Reginald Young
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CARS BROKEN INTO. Has happened a lot recently, though consistent over years. BLM has tried to put up signs but thieves take them down. Had everything, including worthless stuff, stolen after windows broken. Do not leave car overnight or easily out of view from the river head. Take the shuttle from Galice outfitter. Hike itself was great — really hot and humid from 1-5ish but the river is refreshing after a hot day of hiking. Most side streams are filled with leaches so get any water from the river. Recommend staying at whiskey creek!

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Angela Atchley
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Beautiful, rugged, scenic. Would definitely do it again!

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Alexandra Fridlyand
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Amazing trail! Every mile there was something new about the landscapes. From gravel bare cliffs, to huge sugar pine trees, to lush green shrubbery, to thorny blackberry bushes (with delicious blackberries!), to beautiful meadows. This trail had it all. Lots of animals: otters, bears, minks, deer, birds, and more. Sometimes there would be no way to get to the river for a while so you have to watch out for all the creeks along the way to fill up water. Having the trail log of all the stops is a must. I recommend the horseshoe bend campground. Lastly, Watch out for the mosquitoes! They are horrible and never ending.

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Candy Boerwinkle
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HikingBlowdownBugsOver grownRockyScrambleWashed out

This trail is hard! There are parts that skirt along cliffs that are completely washed out and you are literally stepping in loose gravel where there isn’t a trail anymore with a huge drop below you. The second half of the trail has lots of downed trees and you have to climb over, under, or around them with your pack on. Not just a few trees- a LOT of trees. Also you will be passing through lots of high weeds and poison oak and thorns everywhere. It’s unavoidable. Trekking poles and a water filter is a must. We passed three beautiful waterfalls. Lots of this hike is in the sun so be prepared with sunscreen and insect repellant- the mosquitos were aggressive! Lastly the end of the trail is very confusing. After Hicks Creek, there are no more signs to tell you where you are. We came to a road and thought we must have gotten lost but kept going anyway until we ended up in a field. Nothing about this path looks right but it is. Just keep going, you will end up back in the forest nowhere near the river but eventually at the trail head. To get to Foster Bar, you’ll have to take the road and go left half a mile. Parking lot for the cars is to the right. Despite all of this, I will do this one again. Every day was exhausting but we averaged ten miles a day- four days and three nights. At Tate Creek, don’t miss the waterfall. We collected water from the creek just as it topples out. That’s also a nice place to camp- pass Brushy Bar and head on to Tate Creek and camp there. Do that section later in the afternoon/evening so it’s in the shade because it’s quite rocky!

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Amanda Stratton
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Grave Creek to Foster Bar, 6/21/20-6/24/20, please read!! *Bear Encounter* On our 3rd and last night we camped just adjacent to Paradise Creek (mentioned by a recent reviewer, Quentin). This area is a few miles form Brushy Bar Campground which is known for high black bear activity and has the appropriate set up -- cables between trees for hanging, and small areas with electric fences where you can store your food. Anywho, we used two bear canisters (BV500) and then we hung toiletries and garbage every night. On this night I picked a tree and hung our stuff about 20 feet up, 8 feet from the branch, and a few feet down. Around 1 am I heard a sound of something hitting a canister (them and the bear bag were a couple hundred feet away). We shouted and whatnot, but to no avail so eventually we got out of the tents and by this time one bear had climbed the tree and slashed our bag (not a slash proof bear bag) and spilled the garbage. After shouting some more it ran off, but then came back and watched us, and then we saw the second pair of eyes (never got a good visual on the second bear). They did not seem scared of us at all even though we banged pots and pans and shouted (5 of us). Eventually around 330am we gave up and went to bed and decided to see if they would try to come back, but they didn't. I reported this to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. After talking with them I would highly highly recommend using bear canisters only if you plan on camping near Paradise Creek. If you do go to Brushy Bar though, you should be fine in terms of being able to hang your food /toiletries or put into a fence. Beautiful trail, but fairly overgrown at points and a lot of blowdowns toward the end that made it confusing -- recommend GPS! Also, so so hot (100 degrees two of the days which was brutal since it's an exposed trail), and we each were drinking ~100 oz a day -- so plan accordingly and make sure you know when the next creek is!

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