Trip Itinerary & Details
We meet at 8:30 AM (lodge trips) or 10 AM (camp trips) on the day your hike begins, at the Galice Resort Cafe. The Resort is situated along the banks of the river not far from the town of Grants Pass. Galice is roughly 400 miles north of San Francisco, California, and 250 miles south of Portland, Oregon. (Please have your breakfast before our meeting time, and arrive in your hiking clothes.) Our Lead Guide will meet you in front of the cafe and store. Look for a vehicle sporting the O.R.E. logo. If in doubt about where to find us, ask a Galice employee at the store, and they will assist you. After a brief orientation you will pack your things into our river bags, and park your vehicles at Galice. We will then go by van to the trailhead a few miles downstream.
Once we arrive at our trailhead you’ll meet the rest of our guide crew, and they’ll conduct a short safety and orientation briefing. Your gear will be loaded into a raft, and afterwards you will begin the hike towards the first night's camp or lodge.
We typically arrive at trail's end between 2:30 and 3:30 PM. Once we’ve unpacked, you’ll board a van for the ride back to Galice. The ride takes about two hours, on scenic Bear Camp Road through the Siskiyou National Forest. (It's a beautiful but winding road, so if you’re particularly susceptible to car sickness, you may want to bring Dramamine.) We normally arrive back in Galice about 5 PM.
4 day Lodge Trips –
- Day 1, 10 miles – Trailhead at Grave Creek to Black Bar Lodge. Rafts will row hikers from trail across the river to the lodge.
- Day 2, 14 miles – Black Bar Lodge to Marial Lodge. (Hikers may ride in raft to shorten trail mileage if needed.)
- Day 3, 5 miles – Marial Lodge to Paradise Lodge.
- Day 4, 11 miles – Paradise Lodge to trail's end.
5 day Camp Trips –
- Day 1, 4.8 miles – Trailhead at Grave Creek to Tyee camp
- Day 2, 8.8 miles – Tyee camp to Meadow Creek camp
- Day 3, 9.4 miles – Meadow Creek camp to Mule Creek camp
- Day 4, 10.0 miles – Mule Creek camp to Tacoma camp
- Day 5, 7.0 miles – Tacoma camp to Foster Bar (1/2 mile past trailhead)
Sample Itineraries. Actual Itineraries may vary.
- The services of our professional guides.
- Transportation to the trailhead from Galice, and from our take-out back to Galice at trip’s end. Three night's lodging at off-the-grid lodges on Lodge trips (linens included), four night's camping on Camp trips (tents and sleeping bags not included).
- All meals, from lunch on the first day through lunch on the last. Our menu is delicious, varied, and hearty. Meals are freshly prepared by our guides from the highest quality ingredients. Juice and water are available at each meal. Coffee, tea, and cocoa are available at dinner and breakfast, and complementary wine is served with some dinners. Special dietary needs may be accommodated with advance notice. We also provide cups, plates, and silverware.
- Waterproof river bags and boxes for your personal gear.
- Camp chairs on camping trips
- Lodge trip prices assume double occupancy. In most cases an additional fee will apply for singles or odd numbered groups.
- Guides will be on the river and will meet you at lunch and at camp or lodge. A guide can be assigned to accompany you on the trail if you wish, however this service is not included in our standard trip prices and must be arranged in advance.
- For lodge trips, hikers are able to ride in a raft if they would like to take a break from hiking.
- For camp trips, space for passengers in the rafts is quite limited. Hikers may request a ride in a raft if they would like to take a break from hiking, but space is not guaranteed (except that space will always be made for a hiker in a raft in the event of illness or injury).
Where to Meet
To get to Galice, take Interstate 5 to the Merlin exit (exit # 61), five miles north of Grants Pass, then follow the signs to Merlin. This will put you on the main road, which passes through Merlin and continues to Galice, about 15 miles west of I-5. The Galice Resort is on the right-hand side, between the road and the river. There’s no “Galice Resort” sign – look for the café. The address is 11744 Galice Rd, Merlin, OR 97532. Galice is roughly a 40 minute drive from Grants Pass.
The closest commercial airport is Medford, Oregon. It is served by Alaska, United, Delta, and Allegiant airlines. Plan your flight to arrive the day before your river trip begins.
Car rentals are available at Medford. Also, the Galice Resort offers shuttle service from the airport to Grants Pass or to the resort (which is our meeting place). Shuttles are $525 round trip, per van, so your ultimate cost depends on the number of people (1 to 14) who share the ride. For more information or reservations contact the Galice Resort at 541-476-3818 or visit www.galice.com.
Pre and Post Trip Shuttles
Your trip fare includes transportation from Galice to the trailhead, and from trail's end near Illahe back to Galice. If you’re planning to drive up or down the Coast after your river trip, you may wish to leave directly from trail's end. When we meet in Galice your guides can assist you in arranging to have your car shuttled. Galice Resort conducts these shuttles, at a cost of approximately $115 per vehicle.
What to Bring
You will need to bring your own clothing and toiletries. You will also need to bring a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad for camp trips, although if you prefer you can rent them from us instead. (Info here.)
Details, tips, and a complete list of what to bring are found here. You will receive a copy of this information when you sign up for your trip.
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The weather in the Rogue River canyon is usually very pleasant. Warm or hot days are likely, especially June through September. The river water itself is cool in the Spring, and warms by early July to the high 60’s.
Fishing on the Rogue is fair to good during spring and summer and good to excellent in the fall. If you would like to fish you will need an Oregon fishing license, which may be purchased at Oregon sporting goods stores, at the Galice Resort, or online at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife's web site.
Camps and Lodges Along The River
We select beautiful beaches, meadows, and forest glens for our camp sites. Our guides establish a central kitchen and social area, and trip members select spots in the surrounding area to pitch a tent or roll out a sleeping bag. Most camps are equipped with outhouses, while at other camps O.R.E. will set up a portable toilets. O.R.E. practices minimum impact camping, and the crew will instruct you on the simple steps we follow to protect the river.
Our lodge trips stay at Black Bar, Marial, and Paradise Bar lodges. Each is rustic, unique, and full of character. All three serve delectable, high quality meals. Though in wilderness settings, all three have hot water showers, fresh bedding, and electricity. (The power goes out at 10 PM at Black Bar and Paradise, and is on 24/7 at Marial.)
Where to Stay Before or After Your Trip
Rustic cabins and a lodge are available at the Galice Resort. Phone 541-476-3818. Also nearby is Morrison’s Lodge (800-826-1963).
Camping is available nearby at Indian Mary Park and also at Almeda Bar Recreation Area, both within 5 miles of Galice. Reservations for both can be made through at www.reserveamerica.com.
An overview of the Rogue River region's colorful history can be found here
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An overview of the Rogue River region's natural history can be found here.
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While in the area you may want to visit Crater Lake National Park, Oregon Caves National Monument, or the southern Oregon coast. You may also want to visit the nearby towns of Jacksonville and Ashland. Jacksonville, a National Historic Landmark, hosts the Britt Music Festival on weekends in July and August. The Britt Festival features classical, jazz, and bluegrass music under the stars. For information contact the Festival at 800-882-7488. Ashland is site of the renowned Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Because Shakespeare Festival performances often sell out, we recommend that you call well in advance for tickets and information (541-482-4331).
Guests sometimes ask whether it is appropriate to tip their guide. Tipping is optional, but if your guide did a great job then feel free to thank him or her with a gratuity. The amount is up to you, but tips between 8% and 20% of trip cost are customary. Gratuities are customarily presented to the Lead Guide, and will be shared equally among all guides on your trip.
Guests on our Lodge and Camp/Lodge trips may wish to consider offering a tip to lodge staff as well, just as one might do at a Bed and Breakfast in town.