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Rogue Gorge

Rogue River

Southern Oregon Cascades, Oregon

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  • The paved path has a series of select vantage points that are clear and provide plenty of room on busy days.- Rogue Gorge
  • The first view of the river is a rock garden below the basalt chasm.- Rogue Gorge
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  • The water is deep and churning at the narrowest points.- Rogue Gorge
  • A view down the river chasm from the narrowest point.- Rogue Gorge
  • A view upstream to the magnificent main falls.- Rogue Gorge
  • A vantage point just above the main falls provides a close peak at the water.- Rogue Gorge
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  • Pock-marked basalt along the water's edge.- Rogue Gorge
  • The living stump.- Rogue Gorge
  • Rogue River just below Rogue Gorge in winter.- Rogue Gorge
  • Rogue Gorge in winter.- Rogue Gorge
  • Rogue Gorge in winter.- Rogue Gorge
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Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Easy to access. Spectacular waterfall. Proximity to Crater Lake.
Cons: 
Crowded. Close to main road traffic.
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Region:
Southern Oregon Cascades, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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For those traveling through the Crater Lake area, the Rogue River Gorge is worth a stop.  The site is easy to access from Crater Lake Highway just south of Farewell Bend Campground.

The river is viewable from near the edge of the parking lot, but a quick stroll down the paved path reveals the magic of the Rogue River as it carves it's path through hardened basalt lava tubes.  This narrow chasm is 500 feet long and barely 25 feet wide at it's narrowest point, with roughly 410,000 gallons of water flowing through it each minute.  This results in an awesome display of the water's power as it cascades and churns below.  

Douglas fir trees cling precariously to the edges of the basalt cliffs and provide welcome shade on hot days.  Stop to view and read about the 'living stump' that uses its root structure to feed off of neighbor trees.

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

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