Hike Oregon’s world famous Rogue River Trail with lodge to lodge comfort, raft support (you only carry a daypack), great meals, Momentum style horderves, and local wine and beer. The Rogue River is an iconic American classic; one of the world’s great wilderness rivers, and a founding member of the National Wild and Scenic River System. The canyon it creates is classic Pacific Northwest scenery – big trees, tumbling side streams, and cascading waterfalls. Our trip combines old west history, our unique American Wilderness, and the comfort and style of European trekking.
The Rogue River National Recreation Trail cuts through the heart of the Rogue 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. Originally built for pack mules supplying miners the trail is now over 100 years old and links areas rich with pioneer history and lore – some of it surviving to this day in the form of remote, river-accessed, wilderness lodges and abandoned historic homesteads.
Each day we hike between 5 and 15 miles on a rolling trail that roughly parallels the river (there is always the option to shorten the days by jumping in a raft). There are amazing views of the canyon and opportunities to see bald eagles, osprey, otter, and black bear. Because all your overnight gear is transported by raft to the lodges, you only need to carry a daypack with a jacket, water, and any snacks. At lunch you will meet up with your guides and the rafts at a beautiful riverside beach or bench. Lunches will have shade, chairs, our well-loved lunch spreads, and assorted local beer and wine.
In the afternoon we will hike into a wilderness lodge strategically placed along the Rogue River corridor. The availability of lodges is a unique aspect of 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 true wilderness adventure capped off by comfortable and cozy evenings in a remote lodge steeped in pioneer history.
The accommodations are rustic but comfortable and may include cabins or rooms. In each room you’ll find beds made up with fresh linens, bathrooms stocked with plenty of towels and hot water for showers. We will offer ‘Momentum style’ horderves and local wines and then the lodge dinner is served family style in a dining room or on the deck. Evenings are spent relaxing on the deck with a glass of wine or beer, fishing at the river’s edge, hiking to side creeks, playing games, or enjoying the peace and quiet of a deck chair and a good book.
We offer scheduled Rogue River hiking trips in the fall when temperatures are ideal for hiking, when the canyon is alive with fall colors, and when we have the best chance to see bear. The trip is suitable for anyone in reasonable shape that can hike 10-15 miles per day and there is always the option to spend some time floating in a raft to do shorter days. We can also offer spring trips for charters and groups.
Our Rogue Lodge to Lodge Hiking tour is active, comfortable, one of the most unique ways to experience one of the countries iconic wilderness river canyons, and done with Momentum’s style and attention to detail. The trip is a way to step back in time, into the Pacific Northwest wilderness, and get away from wifi, cell phone chatter, and hectic daily schedules.