About the Rogue River Trail
The Rogue River National Recreation Trail is the heart of the canyon and is approximately forty miles in length. The Rogue River Trail features easy to moderate hiking and typically takes four to five days, hiking anywhere from eight to fifteen miles per day. Our raft-supported trips allow you to hike with little weight and stop along the trail to enjoy gourmet meals and riverside respite. The trail is well constructed and maintained every season after winter storms have passed. The trail is designated for hiking only and you can truly experience the serenity and solitude of this beautiful wilderness. The Rogue River is also a popular whitewater rafting destination and you may see rafts floating by on the river or hear the occasional whoops of joy as a boat goes through a rapid.
The wilderness of this river and canyon is special. Pine and oak blanket the canyon walls, rendering a tapestry of green. Smooth boulders and cliffs line the river and one can often see a variety of wildlife—including black bear, river otters deer, raccoons and turtles—near the rivers edge. Blue heron, bald eagles and osprey soar through the sky. Our Rogue trips feature all of this plus guides who love the canyon and the river and who want to share its special character with you. You have the option of overnighting in lodges or camping on the banks of the river enjoying a beverage and savory cuisine under the brilliant Oregon night stars. The lodges are nestled above the river and offer cozy beds and warm showers and good family -style meals. If you wish to continue your wilderness experience outdoors each night, our guides will set up comfortable river-side camps each evening and prepare amazing meals. Our camps are sited on perfectly placed sand beaches or in forest meadow camping areas and all personal camping gear such as sleeping bags, pads, and tents are provided. With a raft-supported hiking trip you are able to carry only a light day-pack while you hike as all food and gear is transported by guides who meet you at predetermined places along the river at lunchtime and at the days’ end. Please note: you will not be accompanied by a guide while hiking on the trail
On our Rogue hiking trips we provide oar rafts in which to carry both gear and food down the river (and guests, too, if your feet need a break!) In an oar boat, the guide sits in the center of the raft and controls the boat with oars.
All of this and more await you in this classic river canyon. The Rogue River Canyon is a perfect setting in which to spend time with friends new and old, adventuring, exploring, relaxing, and rewarding yourself in the magical peace of a wild place.
Getting to Rogue Canyon
By Air: Medford, Oregon, has the nearest commercial airport with services by major airlines. It is located approximately one hour from our rendezvous point at Galice Resort. Please plan flights to arrive no later than the evening before your trip and to leave no earlier than 8 p.m. on the last day of your trip. We can assist in arranging shuttle transportation for you between the airport and Galice.
By Car: Take the Merlin Exit (#61) off of Interstate-5 (about 3 miles north of Grants Pass). Go west on the Merlin-Galice Road after exiting the freeway. You will pass through the town of Merlin. Continue on this road, crossing over the Hellgate Bridge and on to Galice. The Galice Resort, approximately 16 miles from the freeway, is marked by a small sign, store, and a gas pump. If you cross the Rogue a second time, you've gone about 7 miles too far. Please plan to arrive in Galice or the Grants Pass area the evening before your trip.
Where To Stay
We recommend the following lodging for before and after your trip:
The Galice Resort: (541) 476-3818
Riverside Inn: (541) 476-6873
There are also many other hotels in Grants Pass, or you may choose to camp at Indian Mary or Almeda Bar County Parks or one of a number of other campgrounds in the area. Contact Josephine County Parks at 541-474-5285 for more information.
No previous experience is necessary for the Rogue River Hiking trip. In fact, this trip has again and again proven to be just right for those on their first wilderness adventure. Our minimum age is14, the maximum age is up to you! Your guides will gladly help with any aspect of the trip that is new for you, whether that means setting up a new tent or helping you decide what to pack in your day pack.
Participant Fitness & Activity Levels
Rogue Canyon Adventures trips are created with fun, curious, and nature-loving adventurers in mind. Our Rogue River Hiking is ideal for those with a zest for the outdoors, moderate adventures, and self-determined activity levels. While you should be fit and in good health for this trip, you need not be a honed athlete. The hiking on this trip is moderate with the possibility of more challenging sections of trail, depending on conditions.
The Rogue is a coastal river with mild weather almost year-round. Temperatures from late May through June, and then in September, are usually in the high 70’s to high 80’s during the day and 50’s to 60’s at night. July and August days often reach into the 90’s and nights are in the 50’s and 60’s. Of course, rain can occur any time and weather in the canyon can be unpredictable. Always bring rain gear. On the camping trips we always have tarps and shelters in the event of rain.
Rogue Canyon Adventures provides camp chairs and eating utensils plus sleeping pads, sleeping bags and tents for the camping trips. You will need to provide your own day pack and personal gear. A complete list of what you should bring will be included in your confirmation packet. If you should chose to spend time on the raft, wet suits and lifejackets will be available.
Camps & Lodges
We camp along the river in pristine wilderness, usually on expansive sandy beaches or isolated forest glades. All personal and camping gear is carried down river with us on oar-powered gear boats. We proudly practice minimum-impact camping and carry out all trash. The lodges are a unique experience in rustic, wilderness comfort. The rooms are typically double occupancy and meals are served family style. Relax with a drink and watch the river and local wildlife meander by!