South Coast Striders – Hanging Rock – Panther Ridge to Rogue River

Posted by OCVA / May 29, 2016

Short Hike: 2.5 miles moderate round trip to Hanging Rock and back. Or continue to Panther Ridge to Clay Hill for 7 mile.

Long Hike: Continue hike 4.5 miles on Clay Hill trail down to Rogue River to camp for the night. Continue 6.5 miles to Big Bend Trail head next day. Limited to 20 participants. 

Hanging Rock in the Wild Rogue River Wilderness is perched at 3500 ft overlooking the Rogue River canyon and the rapids below.  The Panther Ridge trail winds along this high ridge under magnificent stands of old growth timber with rhododendron and scrub oak and nest of bear grass.    Hikers can either hike the easy to moderate 1.9 mile round trip to Hanging Rock and back or they can extend their hike along the Panther Ridge trail to Clay Hill for a 5.5 mile total hike – rated difficult.  Shuttle set up required.  Hikers can finish the day with optional trips to Coquille Falls (1 mile moderate) and Elk Creek Falls (.25 miles easy),  which are both on our way back toward Powers. Bring at least 1 liter of water if you are taking the short hike and at least 2 if you plan on taking the longer hike. 

Boots and walking sticks are recommended for both hikes.

* You must register for the overnight trip by by emailing Don Luce at

Carpool Site: Coos Bay Visitor Center. (Note: address listed is from Coos Bay Visitor Center carpool site). Leaves 6:45am.

Arrive 15 minutes early for sign in and hike information. Visitors are always welcome and encouraged to come! Short hikes have an average pace of 2mph and last 2.5 -3.5 hrs while long hikes average 2-3mph pace and can last 3-6 hours. Bring lunch and water and raingear, dress in layers, and wear sturdy waterproof boots.

For more information call Bay Area Hospital at 541-269-8076 or email

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