Wild Rogue Wilderness: Visitor’s guide:
The 35,000-acre Wild Rogue Wilderness is probably Southwest Oregon’s most famous. Best known for its Wild and Scenic namesake, the wilderness designated in 1984 is popular, but almost all use is concentrated on the river corridor. And for those willing to scratch off the beaten path, there’s a whole lot more to be found than an overcrowded river.
The most popular hiking route is the 40 mile Rogue River Trail, which has become crowded much of the time, and requires a shuttle. Consider hiking it in the off season, including winter months.
The Wild Rogue Loop is an approximately 27 mile loop that combines the Rogue River, Mule Creek, Panther Ridge, and Clay Hill trails. The route features the pristine gorges of Mule Creek, old growth havens of Panther Ridge, oak and pine savanna of Clay Hill, and, of course, the Rogue River itself.
Get the Powers and Gold Beach map, start from Tucker Flat Campground and hike the loop counter clockwise.
Hike the Mt. Bolivar Trail to reach the Wild Rogue’s highest peak, or pursue shorter sections of the Wild Rogue Loop.
We saved the Wild Rogue Loop in 2015 with a grant from REI Medford and the Oregon State Recreational Trails Program.
Projects en cours
We are working to open up the Devils Backbone and Kelsey Pack Trails, as well as a spur of the Mule Creek Trail.
Tips and tricks
The road system encompassing this wilderness is more confusing than the hiking routes themselves. A lot of people get lost and run out of gas. Some die. Use an Oregon Road Atlas, come prepared, and check the weather.
Help us restore and maintain trails in the Wild Rogue Wilderness, and get the maps you need with a membership.