Rogue River National Recreation Trail


Backpack - Rogue River National Recreation Trail

Backpack western Rogue River trail, Foster Bar to Marial, most scenic and remote segment of Rogue River trail. Spectacular scenery, seasonal wildflowers and autumn colors, birds and other wildlife, fascinating volcanic rocks and island arc geology.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 31.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

7:30am Foster Bar campground / Big Bar trailhead (1 hr from Gold Beach via Agness)

Directions from Gold Beach:  take CR 595  10 miles west to FS 33. Continue 21 miles to CR 375. Turn north go 5.4 miles to the Foster Bar trailhead.  Paved road to Foster Bar.

 4/24 update:  Leader not accepting new permission requests while Forest Service trail/trailhead closed and until COVID-19 health and safety risks reassessed and improved per Mountaineers official guidance. 6/4 update: requires approval of WA and OR (Curry Co.) COVID-19 reopening phase 3 or higher.

New dates October 5-8; rescheduled from May.  

Members only.  Minimum 3 persons.

Leader permission requests required using permission link - include 2-4+ day backpack experience on easy/moderate remote trails, comfort with trailside hazards (poison oak, abundant bears, rattlesnakes, ticks, potential high day temps), agree to Mountaineers COVID-19 safety expectations, and why you're interested in this backpack.  Minimum 3 persons. 

Backpack 30-35+mi RT.  1000' elevation change each direction, with up to 250' gain/loss sections.  Backcountry camps spaced 7-10 miles apart. 

Leader expectations of participants during COVID-19 risk period (before vaccine available):   follow guidelines for social/physical distance, hygiene safety, no tent/gear sharing or carpooling (unless related or household member).   Please cancel if you're feeling sick for any reason.

Treat (filter, boil) all creek water sources along trail and at/near camps.  

Closed tents required.  Bearproof food storage required (canisters, hang) and/or bearproof food storage facilities provided at a few camps.  Carry bear spray.

Be aware of potential hazards along trail and in camps:  black bears, rattlesnakes, ticks, poison oak, possible hot day temps. 

Option for dinner or beverage/snacks at Paradise Bar Lodge; and visit special BLM historical museum at Rogue River Ranch near Marial.

Recommend accommodations night prior to backpack - Foster Bar or other campground near trailhead, or motel in Agness/Gold Beach.

Hike guides recommended for lower Rogue River trail:  100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (Lorain), or Hiking Oregon's Southern Cascades and Siskiyous (Bernstein).

 Drive time / distance:  Seattle to Gold Beach 478 miles /9.5 hours; Portland to Gold Beach 305 miles / 6.3 hours.  Add 1 hour for Gold Beach  to Foster Bar campground/trailhead.  


Rogue River National Recreation Trail

  • see Land Manager

    USGS Mount Reuben, OR

    USGS Bunker Creek, OR

    USGS Kelsey Peak, OR

    USGS Marial, OR

    USGS Illahe, OR
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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