Crews will open hiking trails rarely explored off lower Rogue River

An Ashland, Oregon-based group has begun clearing overgrown trails within the rugged Wild Rogue Wilderness Area, and a new grant means they can expand their efforts at opening foot access off these Rogue River trails.

The Siskiyou Mountain Club‘s Wilderness Conservation Corps crew has begun scouting and hand-clearing light brush to launch the club’s two-year quest to restore what will become a 30-mile hiking loop with multiple access points along the famed 40-mile Rogue River National Recreation Trail within the wilderness area downstream from Galice.

The club secured a $10,000 grant from the REI store in Medford that will help fund clearing even more spur trails in the wilderness area, opening access to areas rarely explored by visitors largely relegated to the river or the main trail that hugs its banks and rocky canyon walls. The new grant buoys a nearly $21,000 federal grant the club secured last fall through the Oregon State Recreational Trails Program that is anchoring the work.

“I think we’re going to be able to extend what we’re going to do in the Wild Rogue,” says Gabe Howe, the nonprofit club’s executive director. “It’ll strengthen the scope of the project.”

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