Summer Hiking & Rafting Trip Series
Morrisons Rogue Wilderness has come up with a new exciting trip for you to experience the trail, but still stay cool in the summer heat: A hike and raft combo adventure!
Most days will begin on the Rogue River Trail when the weather is cool and breezy. As the day heats up, your guides will pick you up from the trail and get you geared up for an afternoon on the rafts with sunshine and whitewater – maybe even a soak in a turquoise side creek! One full day of your trip will be dedicated to a side hike with lunch on the trail, followed by a float down an ancient volcanic canyon with the best whitewater on the Rogue!
This trip aims to touch the best of the trail, best of the whitewater, and the best adventure the Rogue River canyon has to offer! Car shuttles are available.
Our hiking trips begin at Grave Creek trailhead about 30 miles west of the town of Grants Pass. The elevation at the trailhead is 689 feet and at Foster Bar, the elevation is 474. Generally, you are walking downhill. The trip takes 4 days and 3 nights.
The Paradise Hike is a special version of this trip that includes a night a Black Bar Lodge in addition to Paradise Lodge. As a bonus, you will float the Rogue River’s most exciting rapid: Blossom Bar. This is for people who have gone on our hikes and want to explore another itinerary on this famous trail, those that would like to try their hand a Blossom Bar Rapid, and those that want a few more miles on the trail (4 more miles total).
Summer Hike Series – Lodge to Lodge Trip
Wild and Scenic Rogue River
(6-11 years old)
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
* Trip price subject to 3% BLM fee and $10.00 USFS per person user fee. All reservations for hiking are based on double occupancy. Bookings must be done in even-numbered groupings. No Singles or odd number groups can be accommodated due to lodge space.
Summer Hike Series Trip Dates
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- Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights
- Season: June and July
- Age: Adults and Youth age 6-11.
- Start: 5:45 pm for trip orientation at Morrisons Rogue River Lodge the night before your hiking/rafting trip starts.
- Four days/three nights, staying in a different wilderness lodge each night. Paradise Trip: a night a Black Bar Lodge and two nights at Paradise Lodge.
- Great food, lunches served trail-side, fun dinners at lodges each evening.
- End: 4:30 pm back at Morrisons Rogue River Lodge.
- What’s Included: All meals, guides, camping gear, lodge night, rafts, transportation to and from the river.
- Not Included: Adult beverages, guide gratuity, and Government access fees.
* Please inquire about our discounted rates for lodging at Morrisons Rogue River Lodge before and after your trip.
5:30 pm – You will meet for trip orientation. You receive your bags to pack your overnight gear in. Meet in front of Morrisons Lodge Front office (8500 Galice Road, Merlin, Oregon).
Possible 5 miles hike
- 7:00 am – If you would like to join us for our breakfast buffet please go to the front desk after orientation to let them know.
- 8:30 am – Meet at Morrisons Lodge to finalize packing begin orientation.
- 9:30 am – Final Trail Orientation, hit the trail for 3.5 miles.
- 11:00 am – Snack break
- 12:00 pm – Lunch
- 1:00 pm – On the river for lots of whitewater.
- Evening appetizers and dinner at Black Bar lodge.
- The generator is turned off at 10:00 pm.
Possible 7 miles hike
- 7:30 am – Breakfast
- 8:30 am – Hit the trail!
- 10:30 am – Snack break
- 12:00 pm – Lunch
- 1:00 pm – To the river!
- 5:00 pm – Arrive at Marial Lodge.
- Paradise Lodge: 5:00 pm – Arrive at Paradise Lodge
- 6:00 pm – Dinner and fun evening. The generator is on all night.
Possible 12 miles (subject to guide discretion) hike
- 8:30 am – Head up Mule Creek Canyon for a day in a shady moss covered canyon.
- 12:00 pm – Lunch on the trail.
- 2:00 pm – To the river for the best rapids on the Rogue (optional).
- 5:00 pm – Enjoy the evening at Paradise Lodge, one of the nation’s most remote lodges. Small hikes available, read a book in a hammock, take a nap. Swim in the creek.
Possible 6 miles hike
- 7:30 am – Breakfast
- 8:30 am – On the trail.
- 10:30 am – On the rafts.
- 12:00 pm – Lunch at beautiful Flora Dell Falls.
- 2:00 pm – Finish at the Foster Bar boat ramp.
Take Out Instructions
Foster Bar is 26 miles from the city of Gold Beach and the Pacific Ocean. Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Adventures vans will pick you up and bring you back to our offices. However, since you’re so close to the ocean, you can have your car shuttled to Foster Bar for an additional $115, and then visit the Redwoods or other parts of the Oregon Coast. Typical drive time back to Morrisons Lodge is 2.5 hours with arrival at about 4 pm.
Summer Hike Series Lodge to Lodge Trip
Wild and Scenic Rogue
Summer 2017 $1279/Adult , $1179/Youth
Where can I leave my pet while I am on a trip?
We recommend leaving your pet(s) at home. If you are traveling with your pet(s) and need to find a place for them to stay while you are on a trip with us we have some recommendations for lodging for your pet:
One Day stay: Canine Club (541) 507-1230
If you have any questions about our trips, please call our offices 7 days a week at 1-800-336-1647. Our friendly office staff is glad to answer any questions about our trips or visiting the great state of Oregon.
Where is the best place to stay the night before the trip?
Morrisons Lodge is a great place to prepare and launch for your trip. It offers riverside cabins, secluded townhomes, and cozy lodge rooms. A gourmet 4-course dinner is available in the evenings, and a country-style buffet breakfast is available before your trip in the morning.
- Morrisons Rogue Wilderness Lodge: (800) 826-1963 (about $150) – Morrisons Lodge
Other Lodging Options
- Weasku Inn (541) 471-8000 (about $195) – www.weasku.com
- Double Tree Guest Ranch (541) 416-0120 (about $145) – www.doubletree-ranch.com
- The Lodge at Riverside (541) 955-0600 (about $175) – www.thelodgeatriverside.com
- Riverside Inn (541) 476-6873 (about $145) – www.riverside-inn.com
- Holiday Inn Express (541) 471-6144 (about $160) – www.hiexpress.com
Indian Mary, Griffin Park, and Almeda Park all take reservations. For reservations call 1-800-452-5687 or visit www.reserveamerica.com
What lodges do we stay at on the river?
You will stay at Morrisons Lodge the night before your trip leaves. While on the river, it depends on the trip. You might stay at any of the following lodges: Black Bar Lodge, Marial Lodge, and/or Paradise Lodge.
What kind of food do you serve?
We provide a picnic style lunch that includes healthy light meals ideal for river trips. On our multiple day trips, the lodges will provide dinner and breakfast for the lodge trips, and our guides will turn into gourmet cooks for the camp trips. They will cook anything from bbq chicken to fajitas to stir-fry, salmon, and steak. They follow it up with desserts such as chocolate cake, vanilla pudding cake, or our famous bacon peanut butter chocolate crumble. If you have any kind of dietary specifications, please let us know so we can accommodate your needs.
Do you provide drinks?
We serve water and juice on our trips. You are responsible for bringing anything else that you would like to have to drink.
Do you serve alcohol on the trips?
We do not provide alcohol. You are welcome to bring alcohol with you on the trips. On multiple day trips, we provide a cooler for you to store any extra drinks that you would like to bring. Marial and Paradise Lodge also offer a wide selection of alcoholic beverages to purchase at a ‘wilderness’ price.
What do I bring?
When you book a trip we will send out an itinerary on what you need to bring or you can download a PDF.
What do I wear?
Dressing safely and comfortably (not to mention fashionable) for river trips is a challenging task. It is very important and should not be taken lightly. For much of the season, you will need two sets of clothing: one for on the river and one for camp or the lodge.
During the day, shorts, swimsuit, water sandals, hat, and sunglasses are best. Sun protection is always a priority. There is no shade on the river. Please plan on wearing shoes that attach to your feet. No flip flops!
In the evening, you will need a dry pair of shoes or sandals, a warm pair of pants, and a sweatshirt or jacket. In the heat of the summer, you may just need dry shorts and a t-shirt for the evenings, but the mornings are always chilly, so be prepared with a warm top.
It is always a good idea to bring a rain jacket and pants. Oregon is known for erratic weather.
For more specifics on what to pack, reference the itinerary provided with your trip confirmation email.
What happens if I need to go to the bathroom?
On the Wild and Scenic Section, the lodges have bathrooms, and many of the places we camp have outhouses, but in case an outhouse isn’t available, we carry a riverside toilet system. We make sure you have a bathroom available at all stops.
How high are the rapids ranked?
Rapids are classed on a scale from 1 to 6. The Wild and Scenic Rogue River includes rapids ranging from Class 1, 2, 3, and two Class 4 rapids that are easily walked around if preferred.
Class I (easy) – Moving water with small waves that can tug a boat. This is the calmest class, with minimal maneuvering required.
Class II (novice) – Easy rapids, with waves up to 3 ft tall that are easily seen, and wide channels. Some maneuvering required.
Class III (intermediate) – Offer plenty of excitement with waves up to 4 ft and narrow passages that send the boat shimmying and water gushing over it’s sides.
Class IV (advanced) – Long, difficult rapids, with turbulent water that requires precise maneuvering. Guaranteed to get your heart racing!
Class V (expert) – A constant adrenaline rush. You’ll see large waves, complex, gushing rapids, twisting, and spinning.
Class VI (extreme) – Considered “un-runnable” and have rarely been attempted due to their difficulty, unpredictability, and danger. This is the most dangerous class and should only be attempted by a team of experts.