Guidebook

12 of the Best Hikes in Oregon's Rogue Valley

Go rogue on the trails of Oregon's Rogue Valley.

Greg Heil

Description

Few people will have "Southern Oregon" written on their bucket list of must-visit mountain destinations, but if you've ever driven through Southern Oregon's Rogue Valley while heading up or down Interstate 5, you might wonder why you've never heard of it before. Rolling mountain ridges surround the valley, with the tallest mountains soaring over a vertical mile above the valley floor. In the distance, snowcapped volcanic peaks tower over the landscape, providing omnipresent navigational landmarks. This mountainous landscape is home to hundreds of miles of trails and a lifetime of adventure... if you're willing to dig a little.

While Medford is the largest city in Southern Oregon, the small town of Ashland reigns as the cultural epicenter of Southern Oregon. With an internationally-renowned Shakespeare festival and an incredible wine, food, beer, and cannabis scene, Ashland draws tourists from across the country. While the outdoor access doesn't get nearly as much media coverage as the Shakespeare festival, for hikers, the incredible topography provides an even bigger draw. Top hikes near Ashland include Lithia Park, Bandersnatch to Red Queen, and Pilot Rock, among others.

Many of the hikes found in this guidebook are most accessible from Ashland, but the small historic town of Jacksonville also provides a great jumping off point for beautiful hikes. Forest Park offers dozens of trails, with the Norling Trail as one of the most accessible. And the views from East Applegate Ridge are some of the best in the region.

While Medford isn't nearly as cutesy and touristy as the towns of Jacksonville and Ashland, you can access a few great hikes from the outskirts of Medford, including Upper and Lower Table Rock, and Roxy Ann Peak in the second-largest municipal park in Oregon.

And these are just the highlights. You'll find even more great hikes in the guidebook below, and as you continue to explore further afield, you'll uncover a treasure trove of hiking opportunities!

Sources:
https://www.statesmanjournal.com/story/travel/outdoors/2018/06/28/best-hikes-oregon-ashland-medford-pilot-rock-grizzly-peak-wagner-butte-lithia-park/732847002/

Pilot Rock
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Pilot Rock

1 - 2 hrs
4.4 km
247 m
247 m
Reach stunning views of Mount Shasta and Northern California with this short hike.
Difficult
Private
Lithia Park Loop
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Lithia Park Loop

0 - 1 hrs
3.2 km
58 m
58 m
An easy loop walk with gorgeous fall colors!
Easy
Private
Pacific Crest Trail: OR Section 1

Pacific Crest Trail: OR Section 1

1 day +
66.2 km
2,329 m
2,779 m
*OREGON BORDER to OR 66:* Pass under thick white firs on this 40.8-mile leg in the Siskiyou Mountains. Bonus: Watch the sunrise over Shasta from the Grouse Gap shelter. ** **
Difficult
Private
Upper Table Rock
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Upper Table Rock

1 - 2 hrs
5.3 km
235 m
235 m
A popular hike to a beautiful view over the Rogue Valley.
Moderate
Private
Lower Table Rock
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Lower Table Rock

2 - 3 hrs
8.7 km
286 m
286 m
A popular hike to a beautiful view over the Rogue Valley.
Moderate
Private
East Applegate Ridge Trail
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

East Applegate Ridge Trail

0 - 1 hrs
3.7 km
71 m
71 m
Enjoy an incredible effort-to-view ratio on Applegate Ridge!
Easy
Private
Forest Park: Norling Trail

Forest Park: Norling Trail

0 - 1 hrs
3.5 km
115 m
115 m
Mellow hike through a lush valley
Easy
Private
Bandersnatch -> Red Queen
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Bandersnatch -> Red Queen

2 - 3 hrs
9.0 km
388 m
388 m
A popular hike high into the Ashland Watershed.
Moderate
Private
Grizzly Peak Loop
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Grizzly Peak Loop

2 - 3 hrs
7.8 km
296 m
296 m
An achievable hike through beautiful Oregon forest leading to gorgeous views.
Moderate
Private
Wagner Butte
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Wagner Butte

4 - 5 hrs
15.3 km
716 m
716 m
Gain stunning views above Southern Oregon from the site of an old fire lookout.
Severe
Private
Roxy Ann Peak
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Roxy Ann Peak

1 - 2 hrs
5.0 km
224 m
223 m
Stunning views from Oregon's second-largest municipal park.
Moderate
Private
Bandersnatch Figure-8
The best Routes on FATMAP, hand-picked by FATMAP’s Editorial team.

Bandersnatch Figure-8

1 - 2 hrs
5.9 km
260 m
260 m
A beautiful figure-8 hiking route.
Moderate
Private