A 60-mile tour route that takes you on the Hellgate-Galice Backcountry Byway through the Rogue Wild and Scenic River corridor to hiking trails, campgrounds, picnic sites, the historic Wolf Creek Inn, Applegate Trail Museum, and the old mining town of Golden.
See and Do
Applegate Trail Interpretive Center
Sunny Valley, Exit I-5. In 1846, Jesse and Lindsay Applegate, Levi Scott, and 13 companions explored a new route from the central Willamette Valley through Southern Oregon and Nevada that connected with the California Trail. The California Trail branched from the Oregon Trail at Fort Hall, Idaho. By 1949, the Applegate Trail was the main route of hopeful miners in the “rush” for gold.
Byway - Galice-Hellgate BLM Backcountry
Four miles west of Grants Pass. This scenic byway drive from Merlin to Grave Creek parallels the Rogue River. Numerous river access points and recreation sites provide sightseeing, fishing, picnicking and camping opportunities. Total length about 39 miles. Maps are available at BLM, Medford District Office.