Rogue River Wild and Scenic Hiking Trail
The Rogue River National Recreation Trail from Grave Creek to Foster Bar is in the heart of the National Wild and Scenic Rogue River Canyon. Multiple day hikes in this pristine environment are adventures in solitude, adding a new perspective of the beauty of the river corridor. Viewed from ridges, the river appears as a sparkling ribbon of diamonds as it relentlessly winds its way toward the ocean. In addition to the magnificent scenery and plentiful wildlife of the river corridor, the rich hillsides of the Rogue are alive with wild flowers.
During the months of May and early June hiking outfitters offer a variety of hiking trips along the Rogue River trail. All of the trips begin at Grave Creek trail head about 30 miles west of the town of Grants Pass. The trail from Grave Creek to Foster Bar is about 40 miles long and is maintained by the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Forest Service. The elevation at the trail head is 689 feet and at Foster Bar the elevation is 474. Generally speaking you are walking down hill most of the way. The trip will take at least 4 days and 3 nights. Longer trips are available, however, previous experience has proven that shorter trips are not practical.
The following are the two most popular options for hiking the Rogue River Trail.
Supported Lodge to Lodge Hike
This 4 day, three night trip features raft support for your trip. All you will need to carry is a simple day pack for your camera, binoculars and a container of water, everything else will be packed in whitewater bags and transported by the raft. Gourmet, deli style lunches will be prepared by your guide and served at predetermined locations. The presence of the raft insures against adversity should problems develop while on the hike. The raft can transport up to 4 guests if necessary or provide an exciting ride if someone wants to try a little whitewater rafting. Lodges provide double occupancy rooms with private baths, sumptuous family style meals, and comfortable beds with linen. Round trip transportation is provided from our office in Merlin, Oregon.
Non Support Lodge to Lodge Hike
On this trip you'll be on your own. We provide round trip transportation from our office in Merlin, Oregon. Lodge accommodations will feature double occupancy rooms with private baths, linen on the beds and sumptuous family style meals. We will even pack your first days lunch. You will need to provide your own backpack for your clothes and personal items. Be sure to pack light since there will be no raft support.