The Mule Creek trail is located in the Wild Rogue Wilderness. This trail was constructed in the early 1900s and historically has been used by miners and other early settlers as a pack trail to bring supplies in. The Forest Service also used it to reach the lookout tower at Hanging Rock and the guard station at Marial. Hikers will enjoy a part of our history as well as views, wildflowers and wildlife.
The best time to hike the trail is in the spring or fall. Summer temperatures can reach 100 degrees fahrenheit on south facing slopes. Camping along the trail is at dispersed sites. Carry water with you. Water is available near the south trailhead at the Rogue River Ranch. The water at Tucker Flat campground is not potable. North trailhead has no spring water.
The north end of the trail connects with the Panther Ridge Trail. The south end of the trail is 0.5 mile from the Rogue River Ranch. The Rogue River National Recreation Trail can be accessed from here as well as the Historic Kelsey Pack Trail.
Prohibited User groups: Mountain Bike, Motorized Bike, ATV, 4-Wheel Drive
CAUTION: Rattlesnakes and poison oak are present.
Directions from Grants Pass
From I-5 take the Merlin Exit #61
Drive west on the Merlin-Galice Road approximately 23 miles
Continue across The Grave Creek Bridge and onto the Mt. Reuben Road (Bureau of Land Management Road #34-8-1) until it junctions with the Kelsey Mule Road, then go left
Approximately 0.25 mile west, at Marial Saddle, go left on Marial Road (Bureau of Land Management Road #32-9-142) following signs to Tucker Flat Campground
Trailhead is at rear of campground
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