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HIKING THE MOUNTAIN OF THE ROGUE

Close by to the Valley of the Rogue State Park, this hike is a pristine location for epic views of the Rogue River and a great workout. The system of trails is primarily for mountain bikers, but there are routes to the top for hikers wanting to trek the journey to the top! 

To get to the top, hikers start at the trailhead on the “Rat Pack Trail”.  This is the only trail open to hikers at the trailhead. As you ascend, be aware of cyclists ascending the hill, and be sure to yield to them. Views of the many vineyards around Gold Hill and Rogue River will soon come into view as you trek along the narrow trail gradually ascending to the top. In the springtime, wildflowers will be abundant including varieties of Iris and Larkspurs. This portion of the trail is a bit arid and there are primarily Manzanita trees along the way. 

After around 2.5 miles, the “Rat Pack Trail” will intersect with the “Darkside Trail”, which you can take to the top for your last mile. The distinctness of the two trails is astounding and an experience you won't want to miss, as you enter the side of the mountain that receives less sunlight. Enjoy the change of landscape and the beauty of the surrounding moss, ferns and beautiful Manzanita trees.

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Mountain of the Rogue

Difficulty: Moderate 

Distance: 7 miles, 1,395-foot elevation gain

Parking: Free

Restrooms: Public restrooms throughout the park before the trailhead 

Optimal Season: Year-round, weather permitting

Primarily a biking trail system, but many trails open to trail running and day hiking.

Watch out for ticks and poison oak in the warmer months and mud along the trail in the rainy season. Mountain bikers are the main users of this trail, so use caution, and be mindful of which trails hikers are permitted to use.

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Take Interstate 5 north from Medford past Gold Hill. Get off at exit 45B (Valley of the Rogue State Park). Go left on Twin Bridges Road and then another immediate left of N River Road. Take North River Road for 1.6 miles. The trailhead will be on your right, follow the signs. 

Whether you choose to hike or bike, experience this wonderful mountain and all it has to offer you! Interested in more biking trails? Your adventure awaits in the Heart of the Rogue!

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