Rogue River National Forest Map, Rogue River Oregon Maps, Backpacking Map Hiking Rogue River Wilderness, Backpack OR Topo Maps, Ashland OR, Prospect, Medford, Butte Falls, Jacksonville, Oregon Topographical Map. Published 1994; reprinted in 2003. ISBN# 978159351550
Rogue River, Oregon, USDA National Forest, Fishing, Hiking, Camping Southern Oregon
The Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest ranges from the crest of the Cascade Range west into the Siskiyou Mountains, covering almost 1.8 million acres. Forest headquarters are located in Medford, Oregon.
The largest river in the national forest is the Rogue River, which originates in the Cascade Range and flows through the Klamath Mountains and Coast Range. The Illinois River is a major tributary of the Rogue in the Klamath Mountains, while the Sixes, Elk, Pistol, Chetco, and Winchuck rivers drain the Coast Range directly to the Pacific Ocean.
The national forest is home to some stands of old growth, including Port Orford cedar and Douglas fir in the Copper Salmon area. A 1993 Forest Service study estimated that the extent of old growth in the forest was 345,300 acres some of which occurs in the Red Buttes Wilderness. Blue oak and Canyon live oak occur in the Siskiyou National Forest. For the California endemic Blue Oak, the disjunctive stands are occurring near the northern limit of its range, which occur no farther north than Del Norte County. The world’s tallest pine tree is a 268.35-foot ponderosa and is located in the national forest.
The Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest contains all or part of eight separate wilderness areas, which together add up to 565,900 acres:
Copper Salmon Wilderness – 13,700 acres
Grassy Knob Wilderness – 17,200 acres
Kalmiopsis Wilderness – 179,775 acres
Red Buttes Wilderness – 19,940 acres
Rogue–Umpqua Divide Wilderness – 33,200 acres
Siskiyou Wilderness – 152,680 acres
Sky Lakes Wilderness – 113,590 acres
Wild Rogue Wilderness – 35,818 acres
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