Hanging Rock in the Wild Rogue River Wilderness is perched at 3500 ft overlooking the Rogue River canyon and the rapids below. The Panther Ridge trail winds along this high ridge under magnificent stands of old growth timber with rhododendron and scrub oak and nest of bear grass. Hikers can either hike the easy to moderate 1.9 mile round trip to Hanging Rock and back or they can extend their hike along the Panther Ridge trail to Clay Hill for a 5.5 mile total hike - rated difficult. Shuttle set up required. Hikers can finish the day with optional trips to Coquille Falls (1 mile moderate) and Elk Creek Falls (.25 miles easy), which are both on our way back toward Powers. Bring at least 1 liter of water if you are taking the short hike and at least 2 if you plan on taking the longer hike.
Boots and walking sticks are recommended for both hikes.
A small group will backpack 4.5 miles down to the Rogue River on the Clay Hill trail and camp overnight then walk out 6 miles along the Rogue River Trail to Big Bend Trail head on Sunday before going home.
* You must register for the overnight trip by May 26th by emailing Don Luce at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information go to coostrails.com