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Choose Your Pace: Hiking Lodge to Lodge Along the Rogue River

Program No. 2257RJ
Hike the trails alongside Oregon’s Rogue River, exploring pristine wilderness, discovering unique geology and learning the region’s story from experts at Oregon River Experiences.
6 days
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May 16 - May 21, 2023
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Sep 20 - Sep 25, 2023
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At a Glance

Join local experts 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.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from multiple hiking options based on your desired level of challenge and pace, ranging from 4-12 miles on varied terrain. Elevations range from 150 to 885 feet. Those who choose shorter hiking option will be transported on rafts.
Micro Group
Micro Group
These adventures feature our smallest group size, with 12 participants or fewer.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • 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.

General Notes

This is a Micro Group program, with 12 or fewer participants. You might be interested in a camping version of this program, “Choose Your Pace: Hike & Camp Along Oregon’s Rogue River (#23840)”.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Rogue River - A Comprehensive Guide
by Matt Leidecker
A waterproof, spiral-bound map and guidebook.
Illahe: The Story of Settlement in the Rogue River Canyon
by Kay Atwood
(Out of print.)
The Hip Pocket Naturalist: A Guide to Oregons Rogue River Basin
by Andrew Jackman
Rogue River Float Guide
by USDA Forest Service
Waterproof booklet
The Rogue: A River to Run
by Florence Arman and Glen Wooldridge
The story of pioneer Rogue River runner Glen Wooldridge.
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Galice resort
Galice Resort

Activity note: Resort check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: 4:00 p.m. After you check in and have your room assignment, join us in the main lodge area to register with the program staff, get any updated information, and confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please locate your Group Leader and let them know you have arrived.

Dinner: In the main dining area of the lodge.

Evening: Orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. We will review COVID-19 protocols and will adhere to applicable COVID-19 guidelines and requirements throughout the program. Hikes will be led by the Group Leader and program staff who are expert naturalists. This program features both river rafting and raft-supported hiking. The rafts will carry Road Scholars, food and gear, and staff who will row. Everyone will need to bring a day pack and carry the items each of us will need along the trail during the day. Because the location of some lodges would result in long hikes on certain days, we will transport hikers by raft around certain sections of the trail. Sections of the Rogue River we will be rafting are mild (Class II whitewater and below). Road Scholars will be able to get on a raft at most points during the day if they choose. Elevation gain/loss will vary from day to day. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/current conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Continue getting to know your fellow Road Scholars, settle in, and get a good night’s rest for the day ahead.

Rogue River Wilderness Hiking & Rafting
Black Bar Lodge
Black Bar Lodge

Activity note: Two field trip choices. Group A: 4.8 miles total for the day with lunch stop and raft ride to Black Bar Lodge. Group B: 9.6 miles total for the day with lunch stop. Be prepared for conditions such as rocky slopes, loose gravel, washouts, downed trees. Because poison oak grows along the trail, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

Breakfast: At Galice Lodge.

Morning: We will check out of the lodge, board vans, and ride to the trailhead at approximately 9:00 a.m. We will then have a safety talk for rafting portions of the program. We will have two hiking choices depending on interest and abilities. Group A will hike 3.3 miles while Group B will hike 5 miles to either Whiskey Creek or Tyee campsite for lunch. In general, the elevations encountered today and on subsequent days are low, beginning at 689 feet at the trailhead, but the trail climbs and descends multiple times. The trail is considered of moderate difficulty overall, but certain sections of the trail are more challenging. Highlights include views of Rainie Falls and an elective hike to historic Whiskey Creek cabin. We will learn about the last miner to live in the Rogue River Canyon and the canyon’s rich history with numerous historic sites remaining from the trapping and mining days.

Lunch: At riverside.

Afternoon: We will continue our hiking field trips from the lunch sites to Black Bar Lodge. Group A will hike 4.6 more miles. Group B will hike 6.3 miles. We will explore the Big Windy Creek drainage and enjoy views looking down upon the river.

Dinner: At Black Bar Lodge.

Evening: The Group Leader will give us a talk on a topic relating to the region’s cultural and/or natural history.

Rogue River Wilderness Hiking & Rafting
Marial Lodge
Marial Lodge

Activity note: Two field trip choices. Group A: Getting on/off raft, floating 3.8 miles to Meadow Creek Camp. Hiking 4.1 miles to Winkle Bar for lunch. Group B: Hiking 6.3 miles from Black Bar to Winkle Bar. Choice of rafting or hiking on either section.

Breakfast: At Black Bar Lodge.

Morning: Group A will set out on a 3.1 mile float in the rafts from Black Bar Lodge to Meadow Creek camp, followed by 4.1 mile hike to Winkle Bar. We will view writer Zane Grey’s cabin at Winkle Bar and take a break here for lunch. Group B will hike the whole distance from Black Bar Lodge. The Rogue canyon through which we will hike and raft is an enchanting blend of lush forests, fern grottoes, abundant wildlife, sparkling side streams, and clear swimming holes.

Lunch: At riverside.

Afternoon: We will hike 6.5 miles from Winkle Bar to Marial Lodge. Those who prefer to take the raft rather hike are welcome to do so. Experential education will be based upon going down the trail/river.

Dinner: At Marial Lodge.

Evening: The Group Leader will give us a talk on a topic relating to the region’s cultural and/or natural history.

Rogue River Wilderness Hiking & Rafting
Paradise Lodge
Paradise Lodge

Activity note: Getting on/off raft. Hiking 4.2 miles.

Breakfast: At Marial Lodge.

Morning: There will be an elective hike from Marial Lodge to the Rogue River Ranch.

Lunch: At Marial Lodge.

Afternoon: We’ll set out on a 4.2 mile hike from Marial Lodge to Paradise Lodge, along perhaps the most spectacular section of the Rogue River. Due to the nature of the river, everyone will be required to hike this section. We will watch staff take the boats through Mule Creek Canyon and a view from Inspiration point. We’ll then seem them take the rafts through the hardest rapid on the river, Blossom Bar. We’ll also have an opportunity for an elective hike from Paradise Lodge to canyon overlook.

Dinner: At Paradise Lodge.

Evening: The Group Leader will give us a talk on a topic relating to the region’s cultural and/or natural history.

Rogue River Wilderness Hiking & Rafting
Galice resort
Galice Resort

Activity note: Hiking 6.9 miles total throughout the day. Getting on/off rafts; riding 3.7 miles. Getting in/out of a van; riding approximately 2 to 4 hours depending on return route based on road conditions in the mountains. Van travel back to Galice Resort is a 2 hour trip on a mixed surface road – mostly paved but with some gravel stretches. Route is a winding road, so if you’re particularly susceptible to motion sickness you may want to bring appropriate medication.

Breakfast: At Paradise Lodge.

Morning: The first portion of our hiking field trip will be 4.6 miles to Tate Creek. We will hike through the lower Rogue Canyon and pass by the Brushy Bar USFS Ranger cabin.

Lunch: At riverside.

Afternoon: The next portion of our hiking field trip will be 2.3 miles to Flora Dell falls. At this point, everyone will be loaded onto the rafts for the final 3.7 mile float to the end. We will then shuttle back to Galice Lodge. The return to Galice will take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours depending on return route based on road conditions in the mountains.

Dinner: At Galice Lodge. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for check-out and departure in the morning.

Program Concludes
Galice resort

Activity note: Check-out 10:00 a.m. The van will leave for the airport at 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast: At Galice Lodge. This concludes our program.

Morning: If you are returning home, safe travels. If you are staying on independently, have a wonderful time. If you are transferring to another Road Scholar program, detailed instructions are included in your Information Packet for that program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Don’t forget to join our Facebook page and follow us on Instagram. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Important registration tip:
If you want to attend the live lecture, please do not wait until the last minute to enroll.
If you enroll after a lecture is complete, we’ll send you a recording of the event.