Wilderness By Day, Creature Comforts by Night
The Galice Resort, Galice, Oregon. Meeting Time: 8:30 a.m. the first day of your trip. Trip Departure: Approximately 9:30 a.m. the first day of your trip. We return to Galice by late afternoon (typically around 5 p.m.) on the last day of your trip.
We meet at the Galice Resort, a full-service facility with a lodge, cabins, restaurant, and small general store, perched quietly on the banks of the Rogue. It is located thirty minutes from downtown Grants Pass and one hour northwest of Medford, Oregon. Medford has an airport that is served by commercial airlines. Please plan to arrive in Galice or Grants Pass the night before your trip and to depart Galice after 6 p.m. on the last day of your trip.
Lodge to Lodge Itinerary
Your trip leader and river shuttle vehicle will meet you just downstream of the gas pumps at Galice Resort, at 8:30 a.m., on the first day of your trip. There he or she will distribute waterproof "dry" bags, answer any last minute questions, and help assure that your car is parked in the secure parking area. Following this introduction you will pack your clothes and personal items into the dry bag (be sure to keep any items you want during the day out of this dry bag. You will then participate in a group orientation before boarding the shuttle vehicle for the scenic few minute drive to the Grave Creek to start your self-guided hike. After two miles you reach Rainie Falls, a thundering drop where you may see salmon leaping to continue their migration upstream. Soon after Rainie Falls we will meet you for a delectable lunch. We reach the first lodge late in the afternoon after an unbelievable first day. Your guide will meet you and ferry you across the river to the lodge. We take our bags to our rooms and settle in while a sumptuous dinner is being prepared in the lodge kitchen. This evening we listen to the river and share tales of the Rogue as twilight comes to the canyon.
Each day on the Rogue follows a similar routine although no two days are alike. Breakfast, a multi-course affair with hot coffee is in the warm and welcoming dining hall. After breaking camp and loading the rafts the guides will see you off for another unforgettable day of hiking along the Rogue. You will marvel at the rock formations and watch eagle and osprey as they circle overhead. Depending on the day you may visit Zane Grey's former writing getaway, hike up to one of the many side creek waterfalls, or visit a remote wilderness lodge. Lunch is set up each day around noon, with more than enough delicious food to energize you for the afternoon on the trail. In the late afternoon we again arrive at another beautiful and secluded wilderness lodge. The early evening hours provide time to fish, read a book, enjoy happy hour snacks and beverages, or take a nap. Dinner is prepared and served each evening by the lodge. Some beer and wine is provided by Rogue Canyon Adventures and you are welcome to provide any additional beverages you may desire to accompany the evening meals.
After breakfast you will hike on to meet your guides and enjoy lunch on the banks of this magical river. The guides will meet you at the take-out, near the tiny town of Agness, mid-afternoon. Following a salute to a great trip, our shuttle vehicle meets us and we head over the hills back to Galice Resort. This steep and curvy drive (approximately 2.5-3 hours) is along the ridge tops of the Rogue river canyon and affords panoramic views of the Siskiyou Mountains. We reach Galice late in the afternoon. Note: the end point at Agness is approximately thirty-five miles from the Oregon coast. Those with travel plans that include visiting the coast may want to have their vehicles shuttled to the take-out point as Agness is closer to the coast than Galice. There is a fee for this service.