Agness is a hiker’s paradise, offering a large network of spectacular hiking trails. Here are three popular ones:
Lower Rogue River Trail: Hikers can enter this beautiful trail next to the Library/Community Building at the east trailhead. The trail continues twelve miles downriver, a wonderful day hike with lots of wildlife, going past Copper Canyon and ending at Morey Meadow.
Upper Rogue River Trail: It’s a short drive of about 3 miles to the trailhead at Foster Bar, the beginning of a spectacular 42-mile-long hike along the Rogue River. It goes past many historic sites including Paradise Lodge, the famous Rogue River Blossom Bar Rapids, Mule Creek Canyon and the Rogue River Ranch museum at Marial, and ends at Grave Creek.
Illinois River Trail: Beginning at Oak Flat near Agness and ending at Silver Creek, the route will take you through the north end of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. It is a fairly difficult trail, especially near Bald Mountain, but offers breathtaking views of the rugged canyon. The trail is approximately 27 miles long and follows the course of the river. It is considered one of the best hikes in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, and offers spectacular wildflowers, old-growth trees, rugged and steep river canyons and a wide variety of wildlife.
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