At the gateway to the Wild and Scenic Rogue River, the Southern Oregon town of Merlin is a watery heaven.

Rafters and kayakers delight in the white-water action, and fly-fishermen are hooked on world-class fishing. Hike the 40-mile river trail, and check out Hellgate Canyon, made famous in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and still a Wild West of natural beauty. Study the habits of wild creatures at the local wildlife preserve.

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Are there hikes near Rogue River (the city) that reach an elevation of 1,500 feet?

I love your question! Like you, I must have elevation hiking, and I live near Rogue River. My Adam Sawyer has written a book on waterfall hikes in Southern Oregon; he also wrote a Travel Oregon story about specific waterfall hikes along the Umpqua and Rogue River. You can also go the other direction from Rogue…

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