From: May 26 to May 31, 2017

Destination: Merlin, OR

  • Rafting and Hiking the Rogue River - FULL

    The Rogue River is one of the most famous western rivers - and with good reason. Our trip takes place on the most scenic portion, flowing through the heart of the Rogue River Wilderness. For those who love to hike, a gentle, fairly flat riverside trail takes you past old homesteads, through fields of wildflowers, and to ever changing vistas of the river below. For those who love rafting, the class II-IV rapids offer just the right level of challenge for novice and intermediate rafters. And for those who love both, the option to choose how much of each you want to do means the hardest part of the trip is trying to decide which you want to do today. On top of that, remote riverside lodges offer us the luxury of a comfortable bed, hot showers, and cold drinks each night. Maximum group size: 15

    THIS TRIP IS FULL. To get on a waitlist, register for the trip (no deposit required)
  • Friday, May 26
    Our trip begins today when we meet at Morrison's Rogue River Lodge in Merlin, OR at 5pm. If you're flying in, the closest airport is Medford (MFR) and we will help you arrange a shuttle from there to our lodging. If you're driving, you can plan to leave your vehicles at the lodge. At 5pm we'll gather for introductions before meeting with our river guides for an orientation, where you can have any last minute questions answered and receive your waterproof gear bags. Following the orientation we'll have dinner together at the lodge. D

    Saturday, May 27
    Today and most days you can choose whether you want to spend the entire day hiking, the entire day rafting, or switch between the two at lunch. Hikers will meet the guide at 7:45 and drive to Grave Creek, the starting point of the hike. The total length of the hike is 9.6 miles to Black Bar Lodge. Many historic sites along the way are one of the highlights of the trip and the guide will share stories of their history along the way. We'll meet up with the rafting group for a sumptuous riverside lunch and you can decide at that point whether to raft or continue hiking. If you continue hiking, at the end of the day you will be ferried across the river in a raft to the Lodge.

    If you choose to start the day rafting, you'll meet at 8:15 and depart for the Rand Boat Launch. We'll get fitted with PFDs and go through a safety orientation. After orientation everyone chooses a raft (paddle or oar-powered) or inflatable kayak (called duckies). We can't promise you can always have your boat of choice but we'll make sure we have a good mix of boats with plenty of time in the craft of your choice. The river starts gently but soon becomes more exciting as we encounter our first rapids. About noon we enter the Wild and Scenic section of the Wild Rogue River at a rapid called Grave Creek. After lunch the afternoon is filled with several Class II and III rapids, and we'll arrive at the lodge around 4:30.

    Regardless of whether we arrive at the Lodge on foot or by raft, we'll have time to clean up as the guide prepare hors d'oeuvres as well as complimentary regional wine, beer, and sodas for you to enjoy before dinner. Dinner is about 7:00 and afterwards you can play cards, read your book, or go outside and gaze at the stars. The lodge's generator shuts down at 10:00 and the stargazing gets even better then. B, L, D

    Sunday, May 28
    Tea and coffee is available at 7:00am, followed by a hearty breakfast at 7:30am. Today's hike to Marial Lodge is about 15 miles, again along a gentle trail that passes old homesteads as it presents ever changing vistas of the river below. We'll meet the rafters about half way through for lunch again, and you can decide how to spend the rest of the day. For the rafters, the river alternates between quieter water and bouncy exciting Class II and III rapids. In late afternoon we'll pull over for a stop at the Rogue River Ranch. The Ranch, a museum and interpretive center, is a vivid example of early pioneer history and a fascinating place to visit. Regardless of what combination you choose, we'll spend tonight at Marial Lodge. After relaxing time, hors d'oeuvres, and dinner, you'll have the option for a lovely hike down a trail that leads to a spectacular waterfall. This lodge has power available all night. B, L, D

    Monday, May 29
    Today you'll need to choose between hiking and rafting as there is no opportunity for a swap at lunch. It's a shorter day with a more casual pace and more time in the afternoon to soak in the peace and quiet of the area. The hike is 5 miles to Paradise Lodge and since it is relatively short, anyone who was not on the rafting trip in the afternoon yesterday can start with a hike back to the Rogue River ranch before continuing downstream. For the rafters it is short and intense day, with the most exciting rapids of the trip: Mule Creek Canyon, Blossom Bar, and Devils Staircase are all Class IV and absolutely spectacular. Regardless of which way you go, we'll arrive early afternoon and have some extra time today just to relax. Of course you also can always choose to hike back up the trail for a chance to see the river from a different perspective. B, L, D

    Tuesday, May 30
    We'll be ending our trip today at Foster Bar in mid-afternoon. If you choose to hike, we'll be starting a bit earlier today for our 6.5 mile hike to Flora Del, where we'll have lunch and meet up with the rafters. For the rafters, the remainder of the trip is Class II and III rapids which, after yesterday, will feel like a piece of cake! After lunch we all get in the rafts for one final and exciting stretch of river to the take out. We'll be met by our vans for the 2-hour drive on a winding and scenic road back over the mountains. We'll be back at Morrison's Lodge about 5 or 5:30 and have time to clean up before gathering for our final farewell dinner. Tonight we'll share memories and laughter, as we toast the peace of the river and the fun we've had. B, L, D

    Wednesday, May 31
    You are free to leave anytime today. If you've driven, you might want to continue your adventure with a visit to Crater Lake National Park or Redwoods National Park. Medford is only 20 miles from Ashland and its year round Shakespeare Festival in case that has ever interested you. If you are returning to the airport today, we'll assist in coordinating shuttles so you can depart with others who are leaving at the same time. B
  • $1850 (see this page for discounts) $300 deposit.  Single supplements are not available.   NOTE: Because we are working with ROW Adventures to offer this trip, we follow their deposit and cancellation policy: a $300 deposit is due at registration and is non-refundable unless you or we can find a suitable replacement.

    Trip Includes

    • Female rafting guides and an Adventures in Good Company group leader
    • Five nights double occupancy accommodation in lodges as detailed in the itinerary
    • Meals from dinner on Friday through breakfast the following Wednesdayday
    • Transportation from the lodge to the trip starting and ending points 
    • 5% Land and water access fees
    Not included: Transportation to starting point in Merlin OR, alcoholic beverages, guide gratuities
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  • Common Questions

    If you’ve never traveled with us before, you may have some questions about how we do things and what you can expect. We’ve answered the most common ones below and are always available by phone or email to answer any others.

    How do I pay for my trip?

    You can make the deposit by submitting a secure form with your credit card information after filling out the registration form or calling us with your card information. We will send you an invoice for the balance due with your Predeparture Information 4 months before an International trip and 3 months before a domestic trip. You can get a 3% discount for paying the balance by check.

    What if I’m coming alone?

    The majority of women who travel with us come by themselves. If you want to pay a single supplement to guarantee your own room, or if you want to share a room with someone with whom you are traveling, you can indicate that on the registration form. Otherwise we randomly assign roommates and rotate every time we change lodging – it’s a great way to get to know different women on the trip.

    Can you accommodate special diets?

    It depends on both the trip and on your specific needs. With advance notice, we can accommodate most dietary restrictions or allergies on our domestic trips, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten intolerant. This is not always true on international trips, so please contact us in advance if you have specific dietary needs. We've found that if you are willing to bring some of your own snacks and a couple of items to supplement what is on the menu (peanut butter is always good!) and possibly have less variety than you are used to at home, then dietary needs usually are no obstacle. If in doubt about your specific dietary needs, especially if you have Celiac disease, please give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email.

    What if I have to cancel my trip?

    The amount of your refund depends on how close to the trip you cancel and whether it is a domestic or an international trip. You can read our cancellation policies here. We highly recommend travel insurance because cancellations are always unexpected; we will send you additional information about insurance when you register.

    Will my family be able to get in touch with me in case of an emergency?

    Yes, we always send out emergency contact information. On a few trips, because of limitations in communication, the best approach is to give them the office number and let us make the contact.

    What other information will you send me?

    When you register, we’ll send you a Trip Summary that includes the itinerary, travel information, and a packing list. Three to four months before your trip we’ll send you Pre-Departure information that includes detailed information on how to get to the trip starting point, pre- or post-trip lodging suggestions, suggested books and websites etc. Four to six weeks before the trip, we’ll send you a list of everyone who is registered along with their travel plans; and a Pre-Trip letter with the name of your guide(s) and how to contact them if your arrival is delayed as well as any other important updates.

    Do you help with pre-trip and/or post-trip hotel reservations?

    For international trips, if you want to stay at the hotel where we’re staying the first night before the trip, or at the hotel we’re staying the last night after the trip, we’re happy to make a reservation for you. Otherwise our PreDeparture Information will have hotel suggestions. Our travel agent is also happy to help you with this.

    How does the waitlist process work and how often do people cancel?

    If you are interested in a trip that is full, you should sign up here. If there is a cancellation, we send out an email to everyone who has expressed interest and ask them to respond within 24 hours. If more than one person is interested, we give the space to the person who has traveled with us before or in the order of being put on the waitlist. Frequently, even when we have a long wait list, it is the last person to sign up who is still available to go. Whether or not there will be a cancellation is completely unpredictable, although not uncommon.

    What is the role of the guide(s)?

    On every trip, the primary roles of the guide(s) are to ensure your safety and to make sure that, to the extent possible, you are having the trip you want. The guide(s) will also make sure that you know what is happening each day and what you need to bring to be prepared. On domestic trips the guide(s) will also likely be driving, preparing picnic lunches and sometimes other meals, providing skills instruction, and giving you information about the natural history of the area. On any trip where we partner with another company (which is most international trips and some trips that require special equipment), the AGC guide will work with the local guide to make sure that the trip is conducted in accordance with the AGC philosophy.

    What if I have more questions?

    Give us a call (877/439-4042) or send us an email. A Program Manager is assigned to each trip. Once you have registered, she will send you a registration confirmation letter that includes her name and email, and she will be your primary contact. Her job is to make sure that you get all your questions answered and that you feel completely prepared for your adventure.

    What if I'm the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape/only single woman/only mom on the trip?

    You might be. Someone has to be the oldest/youngest/heaviest/least in shape person on the trip. And while the great majority of our trips have both single and non-single women, and moms and non-moms, sometimes they don't. But it doesn't matter if you're "different" in any of those ways - what you will share with everyone else is a desire to experience adventure in your life, and an appreciation of the joy and camaraderie of being in an all women's group.

Trip highlights

  • Float, paddle, and raft over class II-IV rapids in oar boats, paddle boats, or duckies
  • Hike through one of the nation's finest river canyons on a trail rich with spring wildflowers
  • Stay in wilderness lodges each night with hot showers and comfortable beds
  • Watch for wildlife including big horn sheep, mountain goats, eagles, songbirds and waterfowl
  • Learn about the human history of the area as we pass historic homesteads

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