"Everything about the 4-day trip was terrific. Our lead guide, Tessa, was exceptional at maneuvering the rapids and making great snacks and lunches. The assistants, Britt and Ted, were excellent as well. Every lodge was unique with hosts who loved their jobs and having us as guests. The evening and breakfast meals were fantastic. It was so relaxing to enjoy the wilderness with no connection to the outside world. We're ready to go again." ~Richard C from Winsor, CA
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 lodge-to-lodge raft supported 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. The trip takes 4 days and 3 nights.
The Paradise Hike is a special version of this trip that includes a night at Black Bar Lodge in addition to 2 nights at Paradise Lodge. As a bonus, you will have the option to 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)
We reserve the right to cancel a trip due to insufficient reservations.
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We did the Four Day Hiking/Rafting Adventure.
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.
What to Expect
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 cost, 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 $1,349/Adult , $1,199/Youth
What should I know before I go?
Check out this quick video to learn what you’ll need for your trip.
How healthy do I need to be to go on a trip?
Your MRWA Rafting/hiking trips on the Rogue River can be physically strenuous and require active participation from each trip participant. Essential eligibility requirements for all participants on any MRWA river trip are as follows:
- Ability to independently board and disembark a boat four to ten times each day. This may require stepping into the boat, and then maneuvering your body over and across tubes and fixed objects into a seated position.
- Ability to remain seated and balanced while in a whitewater craft while holding on with at least one hand.
- Ability to independently navigate shoreline terrain, including maneuvering around and across boulders, rocks, slippery or sandy, uneven surfaces, under low branches, and around vegetation. This includes the ability to independently maintain your balance near precipitous ledges or cliffs.
- Ability to follow both verbal and non-verbal instructions given by guides in all situations, including during stressful or dangerous situations, and to effectively communicate with guides and other guests. Wear a Type V Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device provided. Where required, properly wear a helmet.
Are guide gratuities included?
Guide gratuities are additional and based on 10-15% of your base trip cost, not including BLM and USFS fees (if applicable). For payment, we accept cash or check (made out to your guide). We cannot add gratuities to your credit card.
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.
What is the difference between the 3-day and 4-day rafting trips?
The pace on the river is slightly different, but you are still covering the same 40 miles of the Rogue River. Both feature many historical cabins and landmarks, although we may not stop at some depending on the duration of the rafting adventure. Longer trips also allow for more time spent swimming. Both trips are fantastic options!
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:
If you are on a half day or full day rafting trip, do not leave your pet in the car unattended. Temperatures are too hot to leave your pet in the car for any length of time. Also, we are unable to watch your pet while you’re on the river. Please plan ahead and secure lodging for your pet(s) before arriving for your trip.
Where is the best place to stay the night before the trip?
Morrisons Lodge is our preferred lodging location for convenient orientation and launching of 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’ Lodge: (800) 826-1963 (about $150)
Other Lodging Options
- Weasku Inn (541) 471-8000 (about $195)
- Double Tree Guest Ranch (541) 416-0120 (about $145)
- The Lodge at Riverside (541) 955-0600 (about $175)
- Riverside Inn (541) 476-6873 (about $145)
- Holiday Inn Express (541) 471-6144 (about $160)
Indian Mary, Griffin Park and Almeda Park all take reservations. For reservations call 1-800-452-5687 or visit CampLife.com/
What lodges do we stay at on the river?
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. You are responsible for bringing anything else that you would like 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. Additionally, Paradise Lodge offers 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. If an outhouse isn’t available, we carry a riverside toilet system. We make sure you have a bathroom available at all stops. For more information, check out this blog post.
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, and 3, with two Class 4 rapids that you can easily navigate or walk around if preferred. However, the classes of rapids you will encounter will vary depending on your trip. The following explains each classification:
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 its sides.
Class IV (advanced) – Long, difficult rapids, with turbulent water that requires precise maneuvering. Guaranteed to get your heart racing! There may be dangerous rocks or boiling eddies. Precise maneuvering required, and you should be accompanied by an experienced guide.
Class V (expert) – A constant adrenaline rush. Long and violent rapids that follow each other almost without interruption. Paddlers should have Class IV or better whitewater experience, and go with experienced guides who know the river.
Class VI (extreme) – Not commercially raftable. 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.