Rogue River Trail Running

Raft Supported Trail Running Trips along Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River

TRIP LENGTH

3-Days

WHEN TO GO

April-May, September-October

WHO IT'S FOR

Runners of all speeds who can comfortably run 12 to 15 miles per day.

ACTIVITIES

Running, hiking, rafting

GATEWAY CITY

Ashland / Medford, OR (MFR)

MEETING LOCATION

Merlin, OR
 

Join Momentum River Expeditions and ultra-running hosts Jenn Shelton, Hal Koerner, Anna Frost, or Ryan Ghelfi for a 3-day raft-supported Trail Running Trip along Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River.  Started 3 years ago by Jenn and Pete, these have become some of our most popular trips and they sell out fast!  Combine the world famous Rogue River Trail with comfortable raft supported river side camping or lodging and gourmet meals.

The Rogue River is an iconic American classic; one of the world’s great wilderness rivers, a founding member of the National Wild and Scenic River System, and a river with such a grand reputation that in some circles it is simply known as “The Canyon”. The Rogue River National Recreation Trail from Grave Creek to Foster Bar cuts through the heart of the canyon and offers stunning views of the river and unique access to a wilderness playground that is home to a staggering amount of wildlife.  The trail is 42 miles of wilderness single-track that is only accessed from the start, the finish, or by river. The group can split up according to fitness level and how people feel that day (and there is always the option to spend some time floating in a raft and do shorter days).

These trips are a unique and amazing way to explore the world famous Rogue River and do a multi-day wilderness run without all the gear or planning.

Who is it For:
Runners of all speeds, from the front to the back of the pack, who can comfortably run 12 to 15 miles per day. The group can split up according to fitness level and how people feel that day (and there is always the option to spend some time floating in a raft and do shorter days).

 

TRIP DETAILS AND OPTIONS:

We offer two Rogue Running itineraries and each day includes around 11 to 19 miles of running with options for more.  All itineraries do the full trail and they are all raft supported – meaning runners do not need to carry anything except for water and snacks (all personal overnight clothing will be transported by raft). 

 

3-Day Camp/Lodge Running Trips:
This is our standard itinerary (conceived late one night over Lima Rita’s and Jenn’s meatloaf) and we will offer these trips in the late spring and early fall. The first afternoon the group will arrive at a fully set-up and very comfortable wilderness river side camp where you can swim and float the river, play beach games, or just relax, have a beverage, and take it all in. Appetizers and diner will be served under the stars followed by an evening around the campfire and a good night’s sleep.  Night two is at the famous Paradise Lodge – it allows for the amazing experience of a true wilderness adventure capped off by a comfortable and cozy evening in a remote lodge steeped in pioneer history.  This is also known as the ‘Shelton Special’ because the lodge has a deck with beer and always serves at least one extremely cheesy menu option…  All camping gear is included and there is always the option to jump in a raft for the day or part of the day.

3-Day Lodge Running Trips:
This trip is perfect for later fall when the weather is ideal for trail running, but not always perfect for camping. It is also a great way to experience the extremely unique lodge system on the Rogue. There are very few places in the world with a system of remote riverside lodges only accessible by boat (or trail!). It allows for the amazing experience of a true wilderness adventure capped off by comfortable and cozy evenings in a remote lodge steeped in pioneer history.  This is also the perfect itinerary to learn some of Hal’s legendary grooming tips…

 

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• Small Trips, unparalleled personal service, and a greater experience.
• A small company committed to amazing trips & our wild places.
• Safety: All our guides have a minimum 5 years of experience leading trips around the world.
• Accomplished Ultra-runners as Trail Hosts
• Excellent meals featuring local and organic produce & products
• All inclusive: all camping gear included if needed (ultra-comfortable 3" sleeping pads).
• Most importantly - we are friendly, we love what we do, and it shows!

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Recent Testimonials

  • "A flawless experience – the trip of a lifetime! … I could not have imagined the trip better. It was everything I hoped it would be and much more. An experience that will certainly stick with me for a long time."
  • "What an incredible adventure! I truly appreciate how hard your team worked to ensure that our group had an amazing time, and we absolutely did. The trail running was awesome and not only were Mike and Ryan there every step of the way (literally) to ensure we made it to our next destination safely, they were a whole lot of fun to run with. Impressive ultra runners and truly great guys. The river team (Tyler and Craig) was equally impressive. With a boat waiting in case we opted not to run, camp ready when we arrived, and plenty of exceptionally delicious food to enjoy (vegans did not miss out!!). I loved how your team worked together to make the experience fun and memorable. I can't stress enough how much we appreciate your dedication to creating a great trip for the whole group (with very diverse needs) and your attention to every detail. Our Rogue River running trip did not disappoint. The river was gorgeous, the trail challenging, the company (Momentum) exceptional, and a snake ate a fish. I have nothing but rave reviews. Many many thank yous. "
  • "We ALL loved the trip very much. One woman in our group said it was a "life changing" experience for her. I appreciated that all of the guides treated us with respect, even though a couple people had to walk most of the miles. I am thankful that they allowed them to do that and kept smiles on their faces and made them feel valued to be on the trip. Orea was an especially fantastic caretaker. Anthony too! The the young runners - well it is hard not to be happy with so much smiling and laughing going on! The trail was way better than I thought. I knew it would be beautiful, but I pictured a far rockier trail out in the full sun all the time. I was pleasantly surprised to find many stretches of smooth footing, in the shade, among the big trees and side creeks headed down to the river. The food was excellent! Absolutely no complaints. So decadent to have someone cook for me! LOVE that - wish I could do it in real life! It was all in all a fantastic trip. Might even have to do it again!"
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