Rogue River Hiking Itinerary
DAY 0 - Travel to Merlin, Oregon and meet your Team Leader at Morrison's Lodge at 5:45pm PST for a one-hour orientation meeting to answer last-minute questions. You'll also receive your waterproof gear bags. Dinner is on your own.
DAY 1 - On the first day of this Oregon Adventure, our lead guide meets hikers at 8:00 am the morning of the hike at Morrison's Lodge. Once everyone is greeted and, given directions on where to park their vehicles, the lead guide gives a short description of the hike. Hikers then step into a Lodge van and are transported to the hiking starting point: Graves Creek. The first day, we hike about 9.6 miles to Black Bar Lodge. We stop for a riverside buffet lunch along the way, often near the Tyee Rapids camp site. One of the highlights of this Rogue River hiking trip is the many historic sites along the way. Our guides are natural story-tellers and will make your trip more rewarding with their stories about these sites. In the spring there are also dozens of wildflowers in bloom in the Rogue River canyon and viewing them is fascinating.
After lunch we continue along the gentle Rogue River trail to Black Bar Lodge. As you hike, one of our guides provides raft support for the hiking group and upon arrival at Black Bar, will row over and get the group and transport them to the other side of the river. Hikers arrive at Black Bar Lodge late afternoon and the lodge staff assigns double-occupancy cabins. There’s time to freshen up before the evening’s hors d’oeuvres are served. We focus on locally-sourced foods, Oregon wines and beers as well as other beverages. Dinner is generally around 7 pm. Since the lodge is run by a generator, lights go out at 10 pm and back on the next morning at 7 am This makes for great star gazing and a peaceful, quiet sleep.
DAY 2 - Oregon adventurers wake up and the Black Bar Lodge serves a country breakfast around 8:00 a.m. After that there’s time to pack up before walking back to the river and crossing over to the trail. Today’s hike covers a little less than 15 miles on a gentle trail. Again, some of the fun on the Rogue River trail is the many historic sites along the way and beautiful vistas of the river. After working up a good appetite, we serve the hikers a bountiful riverside lunch, usually at a place known as Battle Bar. Refreshed and re-energized, we continue hiking downriver to Marial Lodge, arriving late afternoon. Again, cabins are assigned, there’s time for a shower or other relaxing and then hors d’oeuvres are served. Dinner is served around the classic round tables of Marial Lodge. After dinner we offer a short hike to enjoy the soft summer light and spectacular views of the river canyon. Evening is a good time for wildlife viewing as well. The power generator is never turned off at this lodge so there is power available all night.
DAY 3 - We gently wake you around 7:30 .m for breakfast. It’s a casual pace though as today’s hike is just under five miles. Our destination is the Rogue River’s own Paradise Lodge. Since this is such a short hiking day, anyone who wants will head back upriver to the Rogue River Ranch which is a museum and interpretive center. After the visit and imaging what pioneer life in the canyon must have been like, we head back downstream, stopping for lunch at Marial Lodge. Then we continue on to Paradise Lodge. Our Rogue River hikers arrive at Paradise Lodge by mid-afternoon so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the expansive lawn and maybe have a game of Frisbee or sit and watch the river go by. As the afternoon sun sets hors d’oeuvres are served along with the usual selection of beverages. Then it’s a nice dinner and time to sit on the deck and watch the stars and share stories of the day. Again, there is power all night long at this lodge.
DAY 4 - We wake you a bit earlier today around 7:00 am, enjoy a leisurely breakfast and then get back on the Rogue River hiking trail. About 6.5 miles later we reach Flora Del and have lunch. The river canyon has widened here and on a hot day you might enjoy a dip in the river. After lunch, we either hike another five miles, or climb aboard our rafts to be transported to the take-out point, Foster Bar. We try to arrive by early afternoon, around 1:30 or 2:00 pm and then load up into vans to return to Morrison's Lodge. The drive takes about two hours and is a winding and scenic road through the mountains.
EXTEND YOUR STAY! There’s no end to the variety of things to do in southern Oregon and northern California and we’ve got plenty of ideas if you’d like to extend your stay. Before the trip you might consider heading north to Crater Lake National Park. At the end of the trip head south to Redwoods National Park or Oregon Caves National Monument. If you’ve got a small group of six or more, ask about our custom trip options that can extend your Rogue River trip by two to four days. On these custom tours we provide transport, unique and authentic local accommodations, meals and a professional and jovial guide. Trips run to and from the Medford airport making it easy for you and we guarantee to keep the fun, learning and laughter going from start to finish. Call us for more details!
Permits & Licenses:
ROW Oregon, LLC., doing business as ROW Adventures, is proud to be an Equal Opportunity recreation service provider under permit from the Bureau of Land Management, Medford District along with the U.S. Forest Service in Siskiyou National Forest. All our operations and facilities are operated on a non-discriminatory basis.