Explore the Rogue River Gorge

Oregon Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint

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A small but beautiful volcanic gorge surrounded by a stunning forest.

This 500 ft. long gorge carved out of an old lava tube sits right along highway 62 near Crater Lake. The original road that brought travelers to the National Park passed right next to the gorge but it now remains hidden from view of the current highway. The area isn't large but has a nice parking area and 500 ft. long paved trail that follows right along the edge. At the head of the gorge sits a waterfall where the river splits around an basalt talus island and a little further up is some interesting rock formations and moss covered trees. If it's not overcast get here early in the morning for some nice sidelight in the gorge and surrounding forest.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Wide-angle Lens
  • Tripod
  • Batteries
  • Memory Card
  • Warm Layers
  • Hiking Shoes
  • Rain Gear
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Chillin, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
River
Scenic
Waterfall

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26 days ago

Compact beauty

We stumbled across this beautiful little gorge while rambling around the Rogue River area, looking for interesting day hikes. This is a great lunch stop and the paved trail makes for an easy walk, good for families with kids who maybe aren't into long, strenuous hikes. Be sure to take your camera! I only wish there was more - the walk is over too soon.

26 days ago

Added by Jason Hatfield

Adventure and travel photographer based out of Denver, Colorado. I teach photography workshops and offer private guiding around the west. More at jasonjhatfield.com

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