Rogue River Hike and Glamp Trip
Raft Supported Rogue River Trail Hiking and Camping
On this hike down the Rogue River Trail, picture evenings resting on a cot under the stars (or in a tent), as the sound of meandering river lulls you to sleep. During the day your group slowly journeys downriver from camp to camp on the leaf-covered trail while the hillsides surrounding you are glowing with the golden colors of fall. On a 5-day camping hike down the Rogue River Trail, we slow the trip down a little and allow for plenty of time to enjoy all that Oregon has to offer. This is the opportunity to sleep under the stars and eat under the sky. Our camping trips include three-course dinners with freshly baked deserts and warm cinnamon rolls for breakfast. We make sure you can relax with a glass of wine or the cold beverage of your choice while watching the sunset over the canyon. On this Rogue River Trail hiking trip, leave the freeze-dried food and throw in a bottle of wine, this is not your normal backpacking adventure.
The Rogue River Canyon is a special place, filled with active wildlife, including deer, elk, bear, turtles, eagles and otters to name a few. The Rogue River trail was built by miners and settlers in the early 1900s, and because it is in the protected wild and scenic canyon, the scenery is much the same today as it was a century ago. The group journeys on sections where the trail was carved into the riverside cliffs and also retreats into lusciously green tributary corridors. This is a unique location with scenery and wildlife that never fail to amaze.
So come to the Rogue River Trail and hike with only a few pounds on your back. An Orange Torpedo trip makes it easier to focus on taking in the parts of the hike you value: the wildlife, the scenery, and the friends you decide to share this amazing experience with. Spend your energy enjoying your vacation, not suffering through it with 50 pounds on your back; spend your vacation hiking the Rogue River Trail with Orange Torpedo Trips.
What our guests have to say...
Rogue Hike and Glamp Trip
Reviewed by travelboundseattle on June 26, 2014
“I cannot say enough great things about Orange Torpedo”
Just returned from the 4 day/3 night lodge to lodge hiking trip on the Rogue river. I cannot say enough great things about Orange Torpedo. Everything is so well planned, professional and executed - 10 out of 10.
Rogue River Trail Hiking Trip Itinerary
Trip Logistics Overview
Arrive at our shop in Merlin Oregon at 9 am on day one. Here you will pack a dry bag with everything you want during the rest of the trip. Your vehicle can be securely store at our shop during the trip. After everyone is geared up and packed up it’s about a 30 minute drive in our van to the trailhead.
From here it’s hiking for the next 5-days. On day five around 1pm the group will arrive at Foster Bar where everyone loads back into the van for a two hour drive back to our shop. When you return to the shop you will transfer your things back into your luggage from our dry bag.
Day 1: Arrive at 9 AM at the at the OTT HQ (210 Merlin Road, Merlin, Oregon) to meet your head guide and receive Rogue River Trail hiking trip orientation. Orientation will include information on the layout of the Rogue River trail including daily miles and where the steeper sections of the trail are in case you plan to ride the raft. The trip orientation will also include a basic whitewater rafting orientation to prepare you for any raft riding you choose to do. This is also when you will be supplied with a dry bag to pack your personal items. This is the bag to put everything you want to access at night. It will go on the raft where you will have a limited ability to access it during the day. Anything you want on the trail needs to go into your backpack. When everyone has their bags packed, vans will be loaded and the group will drive the 20 minutes down the Rogue River to the trail-head. At Grave Creek boat ramp the group will meet the rest of the guides, pick up a lunch and start walking down the trail.
This first day on the trail has plenty of beautiful viewpoints including the historic Whiskey Creek Cabin. This is a pretty easy warm up day with only about five miles of hiking. Tyee is a wonderful camp to spend the afternoon swimming, relaxing, and generally unwinding as you start your wilderness adventure.
Day 2: The second day of the Rogue River Trail is 8.2 miles of beautiful scenery. For most of this day the trail is up away from the river providing long distance vistas of the deep Rogue River gorge.
Day 3: Day three is a little longer day at 9.5 miles, but it leads to one of the premier camps on the river. During this day the trail varies from riverside cliffs above Kelsey canyon while also retreating up some tributary gorges. This a wonderful varied day providing a great workout combined with spectacular scenery all leading to an amazing camp right on a tributary creek.
Day 4: This is the highlight day for many hikers on the Rogue River Trail. The trail navigates the cliffs above beautiful mule creek canyon. At this unique gorge the river funnels through a crack in the bottom of the canyon being condensed to under 15 feet wide at its narrowest point. Near the bottom of the canyon the trail hosts a spectacular view of Staircase falls making for one of the finest photo opportunities of the trail. In the afternoon the trail leaves the river and cuts through the lush forrest behind Brushy Bar. This is a beautiful journey through a deeply green thicket with a beautiful fern filled forest floor. Today is the longest day at 10 miles.
Day 5: The final push out. At 8.2 miles and the steepest vertical climbs and descents make this a great conclusion to the hike. Many do decide to hope on the raft and skip the steep hills at the end. At the end of the hike the group will walk the extra 1/2 mile to foster bar where we meet the raft and the shuttle van back to the Rogue River Center.
Rogue River Trail Travel Information
Where to Meet Orange Torpedo Trips
Take exit 61 off of Interstate 5. Exit is approx. 3 miles north of Grants Pass. At exit turn left (west) and follow Merlin Rd 3.2 miles until you see Orange Torpedo Trips on right. We have a secure fenced parking lot where your car can be stored during your trip.
We strongly recommend staying locally the night before your trip. Here are a few of the local accommodations in the Grants Pass area.
- Redwood Motel Grants Pass Oregon 888-535-8824 (recommended)
- Holiday Inn Express Grants Pass Oregon 541-471-6144
- Flery Manor Grants Pass Oregon 541-476-3591 (Award Winning)
- Shiloh Inn Grants Pass Oregon 541-479-8391
- La Quinta Inn Grants Pass Oregon 541-472-1808
If you plan to camp while you’re here, we recommend Indian Mary Park (541-474-5285). The nearest RV Park is Beaver Creek RV on Merlin Rd., although Indian Mary Park also provides full RV hook-ups. We have a parking lot that will accommodate RVs while you are on your trip.
The closest commercial airport is in Medford, Oregon (airport code MFR), 34 miles southeast of our shop in Merlin. In the Medford Airport there are four car rental companies (Budget, Avis, National, Enterprise, and Hertz). At this time we do not offer transportation to or from the airport, but we can pickup and drop off at any Grants Pass Hotel the morning of a trip and at the conclusion of a trip. If you plan to not rent a car, you can call Double D Shuttles at 541-476-7773 and hire them to transport you from the Medford Airport to a Grants Pass Hotel. Please note: Our trips return too late in the day for us to ensure you will make a flight out of Medford same day. We suggest making reservations for the next day after the trip concludes.
Southern Oregon is known for its great summer weather. Weather here is generally so nice that the local tourism board has adopted the slogan “its the climate” to describe what makes Southern Oregon so desirable. In the shoulder season rain does sneak in, but it’s generally perfect for hiking.
- May · High (F) 73 Low (F) 41Avg. Rainfall 1.21 in.
- June · High (F) 81 Low (F)45 Avg. Rainfall .53 in.
Rogue River Trail Hiking FAQ's
Q: What does OTT supply to drink and if we want something specific can we pack it?
Orange Torpedo Trips will supply water and Gatorade, which is always available from the raft throughout the day. This water and Gatorade is stored in large dispensers and you will need a water bottle to dispense into. We also supply a variety of soda that will be available at lunch and at the lodges. For those over 21 years old OTT will supply red wine, white wine and beer in the evenings at the lodges. The wines come from either, one of our many wonderful local Applegate Valley vineyards or our partner vineyard in Napa Valley. You are more than welcome to bring hard alcohol with you, but we no longer supply it as part of our service. Please label it and give it to us the morning the trip starts and we will store on the raft for you during the day.
Q: Gratuity, is it common to give tips and how much?
Gratuity is certainly appreciated but by no means required. At the conclusion of a trip please just give any gratuity to the head guide who will divide it evenly among the crew. Standard restaurant gratuity percentages tend not apply on these trips, so what we have seen over the years on the Rogue River 4-day trip is an average of approx: $65 per person in a group. So a group of four would be about $260. That is an average of what we typically see on this trip, please don’t feel obligated. Also, when thinking about gratuities, please feel free to tip the staff at the lodges during your stay there.
Q: Does everything for the trip go down the river with the group?
Everything for the trip will go down the river. When you pack a dry bag, that will be all of your stuff for the duration of the trip. Please consider wearing a small backpack or hydration pack on the trail so you can carry a few layers and anything else you may want between raft stops.
Q: What is your cancellation policy?
On single day trips your $10 per person deposit is refundable up to 72 hours before your trip. Cancellations within 72 hours of the scheduled trip launch will be subject to loss of their deposit.
On all of our multi day rafting trips we do not offer refunds on deposits or balance payments. We strongly encourage all customers to purchase travel insurance through travel guard to help protect your travel investment against the things that come up in life. It’s a small additional price for the comfort to know that if something comes up (illness, work change, etc) you will have the ability to recover your significant travel investment. Get a Travel Guard Quote Here.
Q: How much is the deposit and when is the balance for my trip due?
For the Rogue River 5-day Wild and Scenic Hiking Trip the deposit is $350 per person. The remaining balance is due 30 days before the trip launches. Upon making your reservation you have the option to set up your credit card to automatically run the balance on the due date.
Rogue River Trail 5-day Hiking and Camping Trips
Check back soon for 2016 dates.
Custom dates in October are possible for groups of 6 or more.
Rogue River Trail Packing List
Everything on the Rogue River Trail hiking trip goes down the river in the raft so all of your trip items will be packed into a supplied drybag when you meet at our shop. If you have a special bottle of wine, fishing equipment, or something else that either does not fit or you don’t want in your drybag, that’s typically not going to be a problem. Just let us know and we will find somewhere to pack it.
What to pack
On the Trail
- Hiking shoes. Something you have previously broken in. (Early Spring and late fall, having shoes with Gore-tex is a good idea)
- Sports sandals (Something you can swim in if you choose at lunch or at camp)
- 2 pair light pants
- 2 pair shorts
- 4 comfortable hiking shirts (non-cotton is advised)
- Small Hydration pack or backpack with 1 liter water bottle
- Waterproof sunscreen
- Bug spray
Off the River
- 2 pair pants/shorts
- 2 shirts
- Pair of shoes or sandals
- Fleece jacket or sweatshirt
- Rain Jacket
- Sleeping Bag
- Insect repellent
- Personal Items (medications, hygiene)
- A good book
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Camera with memory cards and batteries