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Hiking Oregon's Coastal Wilderness Along the Rogue River

Program Number: 2257RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/26/2013 - 5/31/2013; 5/18/2015 - 5/23/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Rogue River, Oregon
Price starting at: $695.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Walking/Hiking Activity Level: n (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Join professional guides for an adventurous journey through one of America's most spectacular wild river canyons. The trail follows the north bank of the river as it rushes through Oregon's coastal wilderness towards the Pacific. Hike the length of the Rogue River National Recreation Trail — used by gold miners and Native Americans for more than 1,000 years — carrying only a daypack, while equipment and supplies are carried down river on rafts.




Highlights

• Stay in four unique off-the-grid wilderness lodges.
• Learn about the natural history and local lore of this spectacular canyon as you experience its extraordinary beauty and diverse habitats.
• Enjoy stops to discover regional history — from gold-mining remnants to author Zane Grey’s cabin.



Activity Particulars

Hikes of up to 11 miles per day over uneven, hilly terrain (fewer miles most days). Some exposed heights.




Date Specific Information

5-18-2015

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Coordinated by Oregon River Experiences.




Rogue River

The Rogue River is the West Coast's premier wilderness river journey. Travel through a beautiful canyon surrounded by Douglas fir forests, sandy beaches, waterfalls, historic homesteads, plenty of wildlife and, of course, whitewater. In all seasons, the Rogue welcomes - whether it is with springtime wildflowers or fall colors and crisp evenings.



Accommodations
Off-the-grid wilderness lodges.
Meals and Lodgings
   riverside campsite
  The Rogue River Canyon 5 nights
 riverside campsite
Type: Tents
  Contact info: -
-, OR - USA
  Smoking allowed: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Arrive at 1 PM at Galice Resort. You will be staying at riverside campsite that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at approx. 5:30 PM, at the Galice Resort. You will be staying at riverside campsite the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Must sign liability release waiver in order to participate in the program.
  Parking availability:
Available at Galice Resort. No charge.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  The Rogue River Canyon
  Nearest city or town:  Galice, Oregon.
  Nearest highway: Interstate 5.
  Nearest airport:  Medford, Oregon.
  From End of Program
  Location: The Rogue River Canyon
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Medford

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
O.R.E.
phone: 503-563-1500
Advanced Reservations Required

   

A shuttle from a hotel near the Medford airport (location TBA) to the Galice Resort (our program’s meeting place) will be available. The shuttle will depart at 11:30 AM on day one of the program. The return shuttle to the airport-area hotel will also be available the afternoon of day six, after the program has concluded. The cost of this round trip shuttle is included in the program tuition. You must request airport-area pickup a minimum of one week in advance, by calling 503-563-1500.

 
Driving Directions
  All locations We will meet at 1:00 PM at the Galice Resort in Galice, Oregon. (Please have lunch before our meeting time, and arrive in your hiking clothes.) Galice is roughly 400 miles north of San Francisco, California, and 250 miles south of Portland, Oregon. To get to Galice, take Interstate 5 to the Merlin exit (exit # 61), five miles north of Grants Pass, then follow the signs to Merlin. This will put you on the main road, which passes through Merlin and continues to Galice, about 20 miles west of I-5. The Galice Resort is on the right-hand side, between the road and the river. It takes about 40 minutes to drive from Grants Pass to Galice.
Elevation Note: Elevations below 2,000 feet on the trail, but above 3,000 feet on the drive back to Galice.

Equipment Requirements: Hiking boots, day pack, sleeping bag, pad, and tent. We offer camping equipment for rent to those who do not own or do not wish to transport this gear. High quality, two-person backpacking style tents are available for a $40 per tent rental fee (per trip). Sleep kits (15 degree rated synthetic sleeping bag, cotton bag liner, self-inflating sleep pad, and ground cloth) are also available, for $40 per person. Supplies are limited, so please place your rental gear reservation request well in advance by calling the O.R.E. office at 1-800-827-1358. Rental fees are payable by check or by credit or debit card.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Orientation at 1:00 pm, van travel and hike to camp site
(Sunday, May 26)
   
 Afternoon: We will meet at 1:00 pm at the Galice Resort in Galice, Oregon. (Please have lunch before our meeting time, and arrive in your hiking clothes.) After a brief orientation you will pack your things into our river bags, and park your vehicles at Galice. We will then travel by van to the trailhead (a 15 minute drive), and hike 3 miles to our first night's camp. Your camping gear will be transported to camp today (and each subsequent day) via raft.
 Dinner: Dinner at approximately 6 pm.
 Evening: A brief orientation and get-acquainted session will be held after dinner.
   
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Hike eleven miles along the trail
(Monday, May 27)
   
 Breakfast: The day begins with freshly brewed coffee by 7 am, and breakfast by 8 am.
 Morning: After breakfast we’ll pack our bags and load the boats. Then, after a brief orientation to the day’s adventures, we’ll hit the trail. Today's hike is the longest of the trip at eleven miles.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Hike continues.
 Dinner: Dinner
   
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Hike nine miles along the trail
(Tuesday, May 28)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: The day's hike is nine miles in length.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Hike continues.
 Dinner: Dinner
   
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lay over at Mule Creek Camp, choice of hiking, fishing or relaxing
(Wednesday, May 29)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Today the group will lay over at Mule Creek Camp. Participants may choose between a variety of activities at this scenic spot including side hikes to historic sites and scenic overlooks, fishing, and rest and recovery from the rigors of the prior days' hikes.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: See morning description.
 Dinner: Dinner
   
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Hike along dramatic Mule Creek Canyon
(Thursday, May 30)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Hiking along Mule Creek Canyon, perhaps the most dramatic portion of the trail.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Hike continues.
 Dinner: Dinner
   
Accommodations: riverside campsite
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hike final eight miles, board van back to Galice and departures
(Friday, May 31)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast
 Morning: Today we'll hike the final eight miles out to trail's end.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Hike continues. We typically finish our hike between 2:30 and 3:30 pm. Once we’ve unpacked your gear from the boats, you’ll board a van for the ride back to Galice. (You'll be saying good-bye to the guides when you leave Foster Bar, as they will stay behind to finish de-rigging the rafts.) There are a number of routes back to Galice from Foster Bar. The shorter routes are sometimes closed by snow or by road construction, and we may not know which route we'll be taking until we arrive at the end of our hike. The shortest route is a 2 hour drive; the longest is a 3 plus hour journey. As a result, we'll may arrive back in Galice anywhere between 5:00 and 7:00 pm. All three drives a beautiful. And all three routes include some sections of winding road, so if you’re particularly susceptible to car sickness you may want to bring dramamine or similar medicine.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


The Hip Pocket Naturalist: A Guide to Oregons Rogue River Basin


Author: Andrew Jackman


Illahe: The Story of Settlement in the Rogue River Canyon


Author: Kay Atwood


Description: (Out of print, but you may be able to find a used copy, or perhaps a copy at your local library.)



Rogue River Float Guide


Author: USDA Forest Service


Description: Waterproof booklet



The Rogue River - A Comprehensive Guide


Author: Matt Leidecker


Description: A waterproof, spiral-bound map and guidebook.




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