Mount Bolivar (Wild Rogue Wilderness)

Rating (Out of 5): 4.0

Location: Near Marial, Ore.

Distance: 2.8 miles round-trip

Difficulty: moderate

Camping: Yes near summit

Quick hit: This hike takes a long time reach via car, but it’s worth the effort. This is the highest point in the Wild Rogue Wilderness and Coos County. The trail climbs a few switchbacks 1.4 miles to the summit, climbing 1,160 feet in the process. The trail had a few spots of shade but is mostly wide open, and hot in the summer.

The views near the top are spectacular and take in the canyon landscape of the wild Rogue River rolling below. There are a few campsite near the summit. And at the summit there’s a cool monument with a plaque from the Venezuelan government, with a quote by Simon Bolivar, for whom the mountain is named.

Directions: From Glendale: Head west 3 miles into Glendale. Opposite a small gas station (that no longer is operating), turn right on Brown Street, which becomes Reuben Road. After 12.3 miles veer left at a large brown signboard. Take this paved side road past the turnoff for Marial and continue to a six-way junction. Follow Kelsey-Mule Road 32-8-31 for about 4 more miles to a trailhead on the left.

From Grave Creek boat landing: Turn left just over the Grave Creek bridge and head up the mountain on 34-8-1 (gravel) for 15 miles. The road is very narrow and winding for the 3 miles between Whiskey Creek Road and Sawmill Gap. At mile 15.1, the road merges with the upper end of Whiskey Creek Road and becomes 32-7-19.3. At mile 15.6, pick up 32-8-31, a one-lane blacktop road from Glendale. Turn left, toward Powers, and continue 13.8 miles continue to a six-way junction. Follow Kelsey-Mule Road 32-8-31 for about 4 more miles to a trailhead on the left.

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