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Hike-in Required
No
Open Year-round
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ADA accessible
Yes
Guided tours
No
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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. 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Easy to access. Spectacular waterfall. Proximity to Crater Lake.

Cons

Crowded. Close to main road traffic.

Pets allowed

Allowed

Address

OR-62
56555A13
Prospect, OR 97536
United States

Features

Big vistas
Geologically significant
Old-growth forest
Waterfalls
ADA accessible

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Comments

12/29/2014
Just made the drive from Bend to Medford with 6 inches of fresh snow fall throughout most of the state. The drive past Crater Lake was spectacular, including our brief stop here, at the Rogue Gorge. Kill two birds with one stone and bring your sled and family to enjoy the slopes at Farewell Bend Sno-park just up the road.
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