3.4 miles round-trip
200 feet elevation gain
Open mid-May to mid-November
Moderate (to Rough Rider Falls)
7.8 miles round-trip
650 feet elevation gain
Moderate (Highway 230 to Road 6530)
8.6 miles one-way
1200 feet elevation loss
Open June to mid-November
Above: Rough Rider Falls.
Near its headwaters the Rogue River churns through a rarely visited canyon of waterfalls. For an easy hike, take a nearly level stroll through the woods to an unnamed 40-foot S-shaped falls. For a longer hike, continue upstream to roaring, 50-foot Rough Rider Falls. Better yet, arrange a car shuttle and hike this entire 8.3-mile stretch of the Upper Rogue River Trail one way.
If a car shuttle isn’t in the cards, start at the lower trailhead. From Medford, take Highway 62 east...
The upper 4.2 miles of this trail is often within earshot of the highway, but follows the scenic rim of a 200-foot-deep canyon. The Rogue carved this chasm out of the vast ash layer deposited when Crater Lake’s Mt. Mazama erupted 7700 years ago.
Other Hiking Options
Backpackers and equestrians can ...
This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon.