12 incredible backpacking trips around Oregon

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3. Rogue River Trail

Distance: 40.6 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Season: Spring, summer, fall

Permit: None

The beautiful trek through the wild and scenic Rogue River canyon is a perfect backpacking trip for beginners, with enough challenge to keep things interesting for more advanced hikers. There are primitive campsites and developed campgrounds along the trail, as well as several lodges, which allow for a more luxurious lodge-to-lodge experience. Beware of bears, ticks and snakes as you hike, and hire a shuttle service instead of leaving your car at the heavily-prowled Grave Creek trailhead.

Courtesy of Jeremy Fox/ONDA

4. Owyhee Canyonlands

Distance: Varies

Difficulty: Difficult

Season: Spring, summer, fall

Permit: None

One of the most rugged places in Oregon, the Owyhee Canyonlands is also a place of stark desert beauty. Adventure can be found rambling through the remote river canyons, past spectacular rock formations and ancient volcanic fields – but this is no easy trip. Roads to the trailheads are far from any town, and most require high-clearance vehicles. Once you’re there, you may need to navigate by topographical map, and water can be scarce. You’ll need to take every precaution if you venture into the Owyhee, but the reward will be well worth it.

Jamie Francis/The Oregonian

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