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Galice-Hellgate Back Country Byway, Rogue National Wild and Scenic River (OR)
Scenic Drives > Galice-Hellgate Back Country Byway (OR) 
Location
8 miles north of Galice, Oregon.
 
Description
Upon entering this gateway into the back country, visitors can feel the cool mist surrounding Rainie Falls, a cascade along the wild and scenic portion of the Rogue River. The byway climbs out of the Rogue River Canyon and winds through the beautiful Klamath Mountains before descending back to the river and leading to the historic Rogue River Ranch.
 
Directions
From Galice, head north on Galice Road 8 miles to the Grave Creek Bridge. The byway route starts here; follow the back country byway signs, or the following directions:Cross the Grave Creek Bridge and bear left uphill on paved BLM Road #34-8-1 for 5 miles. At the junction with Whisky Creek Road (#33-8-26), bear right and continue on #34-8-1 (sign reads “Marial 28 Miles”) for 3 miles. At the junction with BLM Road #33-8-13 (on the right), bear left and continue on #34-8-1 for 8 miles. At the junction with BLM Road #32-8-31, bear left and continue on a paved road for 5 miles to the junction with BLM Road #32-8-9.2. Bear left and continue on #32-8-31 for 1 mile to Anaktuvuk Saddle Junction. Turn left on BLM road #32-9-14.2 for 3 miles to Marble Gap Junction. Continue ahead (pavement will end) for another 3 miles to Fourmile Saddle junction. Bear left and stay on #32-9-14.2 for another 9 miles to the Rogue River Ranch.
 
Visitor Activities
Picnicking, scenic drives, swimming, boating, rafting, plant viewing, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, and hiking.
 
Special Features
A strenuous hike along the historic Rogue River or the Mule Creek Canyon Trail offers visitors an invigorating challenge. Wildlife observers will want to look for elk, deer, and wild turkeys. Black bears also inhabit the area.
 
Permits, Fees, Limitations
There are no fees. Boating on the Rogue River requires a permit, which can be obtained at the Rand Visitor Center near Galice, at the eastern terminus of the route.
 
Accessibility
The Rogue River Ranch is wheelchair-accessible.
 
Camping and Lodging
There is a primitive BLM campground approximately 0.5 mile from the Rogue River Ranch. There are no fees.
 
Food and Supplies
All food and supplies should be obtained prior to beginning the trip. There are no gas stations in the area. Travelers should fill their tanks when they purchase supplies in Grants Pass or Merlin. (From Galice, travel east approximately 20 miles on the Merlin-Galice Road to Interstate 5. Grants Pass is 2 miles south on Interstate 5.) Drinking water is not available.
 
First Aid
There is no phone service or medical care. During the peak-use season of May-September, caretakers are on duty at the site and can provide first aid supplies and radio communication. The nearest hospital is in Grants Pass.
 
Additional Information
This site is extremely remote, with no visitor services. Travelers should be well prepared for a long trip on mostly one-lane dirt roads, which are well maintained and passable by passenger vehicles. Access to the area is often impossible during the winter months because of snow accumulations. The best time of year to visit the site is from May-September.
 
Contact Information
BLM - Medford District Office
3040 Biddle Road
Medford, OR 97504
Tel: (541) 618-2200              

Galice-Hellgate Back Country Byway Map


Rogue River

The byway offers stunning views of the Rogue River’s rocky canyon and whitewater rapids, against the backdrop of the fir-studded Siskiyou Mountains. (BLM)

 
Last updated: 10-23-2009