While the Rogue River may be best known as a boaters paradise with 215 miles of wet and wild water, to the northwest of Grants Pass lies a hikers paradise, the 40-mile Rogue River National Recreation Trail. Wildflowers? Did someone say WILDFLOWERS?
- Oregon Rogue River Trail Brochure (includes many historical tidbits such as the murder at Meadow Creek)
- BLM Web Site – Rogue River National Recreation Trail
- Portland Hikers Trail Report
- Poison Oak – If you are highly sensitive, this might not be a good trail option. While the trail is mostly clear, it’s hard to avoid the prolific poison oak along the trail, near the creeks, accessing side trails, camping, etc.
- Heat – This is a HOT trail in the summer. Many of the streams are seasonal, much of the trail is exposed, and there are significant miles between beach access points.
- Congestion – Once the river gets busy with boaters, the lodges open, and the crowds hit the beaches, solitude may be a challenge.
- Ticks – Good to be aware that this is an area known for ticks.
- Additional blog postings about related hikes I’ve taken can be found in my Hikes in Oregon, Hikes with Wildflowers, and Hikes with Rivers categories.