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Off the Map: Choose Your Pace Hiking & Camping Along the Rogue River

Experience the great outdoors from different perspectives as you choose which hiking, rafting and floating adventures are right for you along the marvelous Rogue River trail.
Program No. 23840RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Oregon

Off the Map: Choose Your Pace Hiking & Camping Along the Rogue River

Experience the great outdoors from different perspectives as you choose which hiking, rafting and floating adventures are right for you along the marvelous Rogue River trail.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,499
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Program No. 23840 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 2 - Jun 7, 2021
Starting at
1,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Sep 1 - Sep 6, 2021
Starting at
1,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Jun 2 - Jun 7, 2021
Starting at
1,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

Sep 1 - Sep 6, 2021
Starting at
1,499
Special Offer

No extra cost for single rooms! Free singles sell out quickly, so be sure to enroll early.

At a Glance

On quiet trails along the Rogue River, wildflowers sprout colorful blooms of pinks and yellows and bald eagles soar above verdant cliffs. Welcome to your home for the week: a beautiful remote river canyon in Southwest Oregon. With experts by your side, unplug from the outside world and spend three nights camping on one of the west coast’s most picturesque trails. In this hiker’s paradise, choose the trails perfect for your desired level of physical activity, or float along in a raft with new friends. Along the way, learn about the local wildlife and study unique flora before resting your eyes under the stars.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from hiking and rafting options based on your desired level of challenge and pace. Depending on the day, hikes range from 2.2-6.3 miles on maintained trails with varied terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Join experts on either a hiking or rafting adventure to your campsite at Horseshoe Bend.
  • Enjoy a pleasant lunch at a cabin built by American Western novelist Zane Grey.
  • Experience a serene float to Winkle Bar as you immerse yourself in the wonders of the wilderness.

General Notes

This program is part of our “Off the Map” series, exploring truly remote areas of the United States as a way to connect with local culture and landscapes, and disconnect with the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives. Our goal is to bring you to places that have limited (or no) access to Wi-Fi, cell service and other technology so you can enjoy authentic learning experiences without modern distractions.
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: A River to Run
by Florence Arman and Glen Wooldridge
The story of pioneer Rogue River runner Glen Wooldridge.
Illahe: The Story of Settlement in the Rogue River Canyon
by Kay Atwood
(Out of print.)
Rogue River Float Guide
by USDA Forest Service
Waterproof booklet
The Rogue River - A Comprehensive Guide
by Matt Leidecker
A waterproof, spiral-bound map and guidebook.
The Hip Pocket Naturalist: A Guide to Oregons Rogue River Basin
by Andrew Jackman
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
5 B 4 L 5 D
DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Galice resort
D
Galice Resort

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

Afternoon: Program Registration. We'll meet in front of the Galice Store at 4:00 p.m. then go to our lodge for the evening and assign rooms. After you have your room assignment, join us at the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing the up-to-date schedule that reflects any changes, other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in. Remember to bring your name-tag (sent previously).

Dinner: In the Galice Lodge dining room, we'll enjoy a meal served by O.R.E. staff with coffee, tea, water, juice, and wine. Feel free to bring your own alcoholic beverages.

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. This program includes both river rafting and raft-supported hiking. Rafts will carry most of your personal gear, as well as food and group supplies. You’ll need to bring a day pack, but you will need to carry only those few items you’ll need along the trail during the day. The location of the camps will result in long hikes on certain days. To avoid this, we transport hikers by raft around certain sections of trail. The sections of the river rafted are mild (class II whitewater and below). 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/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

DAY
2
Hiking in the Rogue River Wilderness
Camping along the Rogue River
B,L,D
Rogue River Campsite

Activity note: Hiking 3.3-5 miles in the morning, 4.6-6.3 miles to Black Bar in the afternoon. Hiking 2.5 miles or rafting to campsite in the afternoon.

Breakfast: Meal prepared by program staff at Galice Lodge. Coffee, tea, juice, and water provided.

Morning: We'll check out of the lodge and depart for the trail at approximately 8:30 a.m. We will have the choice of a 3.3- or 5-mile hike this morning to either Whiskey Creek or Tyee campsite for our lunch stop. In general, the elevations encountered today (and on subsequent days) are low – starting with 689 feet at the trailhead – but the trail climbs and descends multiple times. In addition, though the trail is of moderate difficulty overall, participants may find certain sections of the trail more challenging. Hikers should be prepared for conditions including rocky slopes, loose gravel, washouts, and downed trees. Hikers should also be aware that poison oak grows along the trail (for this reason we recommend that you consider wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants).

Lunch: At riverside, we’ll meet the hiking group and enjoy a lunch freshly prepared by O.R.E. staff.

Afternoon: We'll elect to begin a 4.6- or 6.3-mile hike to Black Bar. From there, we'll have the choice of rafting to our next campsite at Horseshoe Bend or hiking another 2.5 miles.

Dinner: At the campsite, we'll gather for a meal prepared by O.R.E. staff.

Evening: Evening hours each day include leisure time, allowing for swimming, fishing, exploring the area and other campsite activities. Each day may also include instructional presentations on a variety of topics concerning the region’s cultural or natural history.

DAY
3
Kelsey Creek, Winkle Bar, Zane Grey's Cabin
Camping along the Rogue River
B,L,D
Rogue River Campsite

Activity note: Hiking 5.5 miles or rafting to Winkle Bar in the morning; hiking 5.8 miles or rafting to campsite in the afternoon.

Breakfast: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite.

Morning: The first hiking section will be 5.5 miles to Winkle Bar and lunch. 3.6 miles in, we'll stop for a break by the cool waters of Kelsey Creek. The choice to float the first section of the day is available. At the end of the section, we'll meet the raft guides for lunch at a cabin built by the American Western novelist Zane Grey.

Lunch: Meal prepared by program staff at riverside.

Afternoon: From Winkle Bar, we'll continue hiking for 5.8 miles to Rogue River Ranch, our campsite for the evening. Those who wish to raft this section are welcome to do so.

Dinner: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Mule Creek Canyon, Blossom Bar Rapid, Half Moon Bar
Camping along the Rogue River
B,L,D
Rogue River Campsite

Activity note: Hiking 5.2 miles in the morning. Choice of hiking 5 miles or rafting to camp in the afternoon.

Breakfast: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite.

Morning: We'll set out on a 5.2-mile hike from the Rogue River Ranch and watch the raft leaders run the difficult and demanding Blossom Bar rapid. We follow the river as it flows through Mule Creek Canyon. Due to the nature of the river, everyone will be required to hike this section. At Half Moon Bar, we'll meet up with the raft leaders for lunch.

Lunch: Meal prepared by program staff.

Afternoon: We'll have the choice of hiking 5.4 miles or rafting through the lower part of the river through Huggins Canyon to our camp at Tacoma.

Dinner: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Flora Dell Falls, End of the Trail
Galice resort
B,L,D
Galice Resort

Activity note: Hiking 2.2 miles in the morning, 4.4 miles in the afternoon; trail climbs away from the river. Getting in/out of a van; driving about 40 miles, approximately 2-4 hours to Galice Lodge; mixed surface road with some gravel.

Breakfast: Meal prepared by program staff at campsite.

Morning: We'll head out on a 2.2-mile hike from Tacoma Camp to Flora Dell Falls.

Lunch: Meal prepared by program staff at riverside.

Afternoon: We're into the homestretch! We'll split from the raft leaders and continue on the final 4.4 miles of the Rogue River Trail. (The choice to float the final segment may be available but is not guaranteed.) At the end of the trail, cool drinks will be available before we board a van and ride back to Galice Resort in time for dinner.

Dinner: Meal prepared by the Restaurant at Galice Resort.

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

DAY
6
Program Concludes
Galice resort
B

Activity note: Lodge check-out 10:30 a.m.

Breakfast: Meal prepared by program staff at Galice Lodge.

Morning: The van is set to leave for the airport at 10:30 a.m. This concludes our program. 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!






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