Summary: The beginning of the trail is somewhat rocky and narrow at times, as is the end of the trail. As you hike you will encounter small water runoffs crossing the trail in the spring. If you are hiking in the summer it can be very hot but there are several calm pools along the way to swim. About half way in the hike you will see a bare rocky island named Sandersons island. The end of the trail, and the main attraction, is Rainie falls. It is a small falls more like a large rappid but it makes a great place to have a snak and watch the salmon and stealhead jump if it is the right time of year.
Trailhead: On interstate 5, take exit 76. The exit is located18 miles north of grantspass or 49 miles south of roseburg.Turn on the road in middle of the town of wolf creek next to wolf creek tavern. Follow the road for about 15 miles to graves creek bridge. The trail head is on the west side of the bridge. Tip, do not park next to rock wall. Rocks fall often and smash your car! (Lat:42.64866 Lon:-123.58533)
Trail Guides for Rainie falls trail:
100 hikes in southern oregon
by william l. sullivan (navillus press)
100 hikes in oregon
by rhonda & george ostertag (the mountaineers)
Best Seasons: Spring,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Siskiyou NF, Medford District BLM 541-618-2200
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Tim Staggs
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Reviewed by Lulu on 3/28/2013
Beautiful - just the right amount of exercise to start the spring with.
Reviewed by ramlm on 6/9/2012
We love going on these hikes very relaxing, & have lunch, watch people go down the falls, We,ve also hiked the other side to Agnes. Just a great experience just love it. one way just to leave your worries behind for a few days.
Reviewed by msh on
Worth it. Breathtaking. Even though it is the middle of July, if you get on the trail and off before 1 or 2 pm, its still nice and cool since the trail is on the shaded side. super narrow with insane dropoffs down to the river. The 15 miles off the 5 fwy seems a bit unnerving like "am I really in the right place?" and a one lane twisty road for NINE MILES! but once you hit the big bridge there are people around and very lively. I went with two big energetic dogs at 11 am and saw only one other hiker. i would take any visitors for sure.
Reviewed by Stacey on 8/29/2010
I take my kids and hike this at least once a year. This year was great as usual, with the weather at 65 degrees, breezy and a few sprinkles it was perfect! Once we arrived at Rainie Falls, we sat and ate sandwiches while watching a group of rafters take the "Falls" while others took the middle chute and fish ladder. This was good for the soul and my family!! We will be back next year!
Reviewed by Stacy on 10/23/2009
I did this hike last spring and it was beautiful... Hoping to do it tomorrow - October 24 and see some salmon jumping. pretty easy trail and dog friendly, but please make sure you use a leash and pick up after you pet... beautiful foilage and some waterfalls depending on when you go.
Reviewed by SS on 8/30/2009
My sons and I hiked this trail with family friends. There were three adults, two ten year olds, an eight year old and a six year old. Every one enjoyed the trail. I am not a big hiker. I found it easy to navigate and physically manageable. The scenery was my favorite part. The river was visible the entire time. We saw a small (harmless) snake and two different types of lizards. At the falls there was a blue heron, he put on a good show for us, catching and eating a fish. The kids fished and were quite successful. They caught four small sucker fish and two chubs. The adults did not do as well, fishing for salmon. Overall this was a wonderful day. We started the hike at 9:00, picnicked, fished and hiked by out by 2:00. We will defiantly do th
Reviewed by Linda on 10/24/2008
We enjoyed a perfect fall day Oct. 18, our first time on this rugged trail. It is narrow and rocky, so you'll need good hiking shoes and a walking staff. We saw elderly folks, kids, young parents, and people with dogs on the busy trail. The footing on this trail is very dicey in places, but overall, there are no major hills to climb. Bring water and a snack for the rest stop at Rainie Falls, where you can watch the salmon (Oct.-Nov.) leaping and rafters and kayakers taking the safe side route or the experts running the boulder-strewn falls. Allow about 4 hours for the roundtrip, depending on how long you stay at the Falls. You can also enjoy a picnic lunch at nearby Indian Mary Park, a pretty county park near Grants Pass.
Reviewed by dustyn on 9/15/2008
Very nice trail that is always right next to the river. Up and down hills. In this hike i would were good hiking shoes due to the rocks and the cliffs all around.
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