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 a rotating cast of ultra-running hosts (Jenn Shelton, Ryan Ghelfi, etc.) for a 3-day raft-supported Trail Running Trip along Oregon’s Wild and Scenic Rogue River.  Started 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 and 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).

Who is hosting each trip:
Check out the dates and prices page to find out who the hosts are for each date.

 

TRIP DETAILS AND OPTIONS:

We offer a standard Rogue Running itinerary as well as a charter lodge option. 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.

Charter 3-Day Lodge Running Trips:
We offer this trip at a fixed price for groups of 2 to 8+. 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 only itinerary where you would have any chance of learning 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

  • "I’ve been in the business world a long time, watching people try and fail to develop a service model anywhere close to what the guys pulled off in the wilderness. For me their kindness and caring made the adventure complete and gave me a satisfaction and long lasting impression that I’ll never forget!"
  • "My husband and I recently ran Momentum's raft supported, Rogue River Trail Run last weekend. We had an AMAZING time! Alex (our running guide) was so great! He was super supportive and very knowledgeable about many things. For example, some parts of the trail are a bit exposed and I have some issues with heights. He picked right up on that and even let me hold his hand, while I walked through those spots that made me a bit uncomfortable. Who does that? He does. I really felt like he went out of his way to make sure we had a great experience! The rest of the staff also went above and beyond...Orea far exceeded any culinary expectation we had. Arden was also fantastic! She kept us greatly entertained at camp with some extra site seeing adventures after our run. I just can not say enough great things about this team! From pick up to drop off, it was 5 star service! Alex, Orea and Arden could NOT have been any better! Not to mention, you could tell they all love what they do. They are simply the BEST! My husband and I will be talking about this run for years to come. THANK YOU to Momentum for making this such a memorable experience. Kristen "
  • "I have to say that before we left, the only thing I knew for sure was that I didn't train enough for the 3 day trail run. I don't camp much and don't really trail run. I'm a pavement/bike path/treadmill kind of runner. I've been hiking for long distances, but it's not really my thing. You have to carry everything. So, when we arrived in Galice, OR I wasn't sure I would like this trip at all. I loved every minute of it! While waiting to leave for the take off point, we had a chance to meet and chat with the group. We a great group with folks coming from each coast and as far away as Australia. The first day's run was refreshing. Not being the fastest runner in the group, I arrived, nonetheless not too far behind the fastest runners, as they staggered the everyone in groups by estimated finish time. Sandwiches were there waiting for us at the edge of the Rogue River along with Gatorade, cookies (always a favorite of mine!), and some good strong cowboy coffee. The camp was already set-up with large two person tents and fantastic air mattresses. All we had to do was choose our location on the shore. After changing into our camp pants (I brought my plaid fuzzy pajama pants), we hung around and chatted with the group, took a sort nap, and skipped rocks in the river. Appetizers came shortly thereafter along with some wine and more good conversation. Dinner was some homemade soup provided by Patagonia. The dinner was very good and filling. We had more than a few vegan and vegetarian folks in the group and Momentum always offered options for every appetizer, dinner, and desert. For desert there was fresh strawberries and melted chocolate and more wine. Man, this is camping...okay, probably NOT camping, but MY kind of camping. All the stuff I would take, but can't carry was there for the enjoyment. The trail guides and trail/cooking crew were fantastic and always willing to play games and talk about their lives and experiences running and paddling through life. They were patient for those who ran slower to enjoy the scenery and understanding when folks needed to raft down the river to the next camp...no judgement at all on the three day event...run as much and as slow or fast as you want...or even just hike down the trail...it's was all good. The second evening turned into jammy pant night as others had also stashed away their favorite fuzzy comfy pants, but were just a little timid to where them outside the tent. But, a little coaxing and beer and wine, it was a jammy fest. GREAT FUN! I think the best part for me was talking with the guides and not carrying a single thing, except maybe a energy bar (Momentum brought along a stash of those, too). Next best, I'd have to say was the Rogue River itself, especially the scenery through the gorge. I had to pretty much walk the last day because my thighs took a pounding on the trail. But, really, who cares when the scenery and camaraderie and experience was so good. Thank you, Momentum, I just may sign up for this one again."
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