This Easy Gorge Hike Near Crater Lake is Perfect For Fall

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If you’re looking to see some beautiful fall foliage this year in Oregon, you’ll definitely want to head over to the Rogue Gorge Trail. This hidden gem is just south of the intersection of routes 62 and 230 just west of Crater Lake Oregon.

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This trail is accessible all year-round and comes in around just 3.5 miles. Located near Prospect, Oregon, it is the perfect hike for all skill levels and offers absolutely stunning views of the gorge. The site is easy to access from Crater Lake Highway just south of Farewell Bend Campground.

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Beginning at the Natural Bridge Viewpoint parking lot, you will travel upriver on the east side of the Upper Rogue Wild and Scenic River. You will come across the Natural Bridge Campground as well as the Union Creek Campground, before getting to the Rogue Gorge.

As the hike is pet-friendly, your furry ones are welcome to come as long as they are on a leash.

The loop will guide you through old growth forest, stunning waterfalls, the beautiful river, and awesome lava tubes.

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Take the paved trail for a half-mile, and see discreet views of the powerful Rogue River as it flows down from Crater Lake before disappearing underground a few miles downstream, only to reemerge as a much wider and gentler river.

3.5 miles


3,760 feet – 4,000 feet range

How to get here:

From Prospect, OR, take Highway 62 (Crater Lake Highway) north for approximately 9 miles. Turn left at the Natural Bridge sign, just before Union Creek. Follow signs to the day use area. The trail is accessed on the west side of the footbridge and continues upriver (north).

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