ROGUE RIVER HIKING TRAIL FAQ'S
What is the difficulty of the trail?
The trail was built for pack mules or miners who had to push a wheelbarrow down the trail.The Rogue River trail is a moderate hike. Elevation gains and drops are about 1000 feet a day. The typical day of hiking varies from a flat trail to climbing uphill and then going downhill. The trail follows the river and sometimes leaves the river and goes deep in the forest to later meet up again at the river.
What are the hazards on the trail?
Most common are poison oak and ticks. We, of course, have bears and rattlesnakes too. However, bear and snakes are rare, but poison oak and ticks are not. If you are scared of heights, there a few spots on the trail that do have a significant drop to the river. We encourage you to use caution when passing these areas.
How high are the rapids ranked?
Rapids are classed on a scale from 1 to 6.
What happens if you need to go to the bathroom?
On the Wild and Scenic Section, the lodges have traditional bathrooms and there are several pit toilets along the trail. Your guides will always be able to direct you to the nearest toilet on the trail. They also carry emergency toilet kits that are available for use at all times.
What do we wear?
Dressing safely and comfortably (not to mention fashionably) 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 hike and one for camp or lodge. Sun protection is always a priority. There is no shade on the river.
What do we bring?
When you book a trip we will send out an itinerary on what you need to bring. You can also find it on our Itinerary and Gear List page.
Do you serve alcohol on the trips?
We do not provide alcohol. You are welcome to bring alcohol with you on the trips. For the multiple day trips, we provide a cooler for you to store any extra drinks you would like to bring. Beer and wine are available at the market up the street from our store. Alcohol is also available for purchase at the last two lodges, but be careful, there’s a ‘wilderness’ upcharge!
Do you provide drinks?
We serve water and juice on our trips. You are responsible for bringing anything else you would like to have.
What kind of food do you serve?
We do 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 on 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 to salmon and steak. They follow it up with a dessert like strawberry shortcake, chocolate cake, or cheesecake. If you have any kind of dietary specifications, please let us know so we can accommodate them.
What lodges do we stay at on the river?
Lodging Options before and after your trip
- 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
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.
Multi-Day stay: The Lucky Dog Lodge (541) 660-4479
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.[/tab]