Overview

Our 3-day run on the famous Rogue River Trail is consistently viewed as one of America’s favorite trail running vacations. However, we heard that some folks wanted to be able to get more miles per day, so for those looking for 20+ miles per day, this is your trip.  

The Rogue River Trail was built into the cliffs of the river by early minors in the canyon giving the protected Wild and Scenic river corridor back-to-back unobstructed vistas, side stream waterfalls, and plenty of wildlife. On your run expect to see eagles, dear, and possibly even a bear eating berries across the river. While you run the rafts will stop and have fluids and snacks available to a few points throughout each day to keep you going down the trail.

If you like to run, you will love to run in the Rogue River canyon. Run in the quiet of the canyon, the sound of the river flowing below you and the wind whistling past your ear is only muffled by the sound of your breathing and your feet on the ground. Create a goal for yourself and sign up to run the Rogue River Trail, then get out and start training! This two day version of the trip makes it easier to get away and better for those who want to run just a little further.

Highlights

  • 40 miles of river trail.
  • Rafts carry all of your gear while you run.
  • Ride the raft if you ever get tired.
  • Rafts re-supply you with water and snacks during the day.
  • Stay at an incredible lodge for your night on the river.
  • If you have kids, spouse or friend who is not a runner they can ride the raft the whole trip.
  • Running speed does not matter, run at your own pace.
  • Travel through one of America's 8 original Wild and Scenic River canyons.




Location

Merlin, Oregon

Includes

  • 2 days of raft support while you are on the trail.
  • All meals from lunch on day one to lunch on day two.
  • 1 nights at a backcountry lodge - Single occupancy rate applies.
  • Snacks while on the trail.
  • A selection of local micro-brew beer and local wine at the lodges (limited amounts but feel free to bring more).
  • Transportation from our shop to the trail and back to our shop at the conclusion of the trip.
  • Parking for your car in our locked parking lot while you are on the trip.
  • All rafting gear.
 

Excludes

  • Travel Insurance.
  • Gratuity.
  • lodging in Grants Pass the night before or after the trip.
  • Running gear.
  • Transportation from the Medford Airport.

Packing List

On the Trail

  • Trail running shoes 
  • Sports sandals (something you can swim in if you choose at lunch or at the lodge) 
  • Running clothing for both hot and cool/wet weather 
  • Hydration pack or water bottle for running with 
  • Waterproof sunscreen 
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repelent
  • Technu Soap or something similar.  Some years it can be challenging to never come in contact with the poison oak so a soap to wash with at the end of the run is handy.  
Off the River
  • 1 pair pants/shorts 
  • 1 shirts 
  • Fleece jacket or sweatshirt 
  • Insect repellent 
  • Personal Items (medications, hygiene; keep personal grooming items to a minimum - No hairdryers due to power restrictions at the lodges) 
  • A good book 
  • Headlamp or flashlight 
  • Camera with memory cards and batteries
  • Phone charger cable - can charge phones at the lodge but you will not have internet or cell service during any of the trip.

Travel Information

Where to Meet:
Meet at our shop at
210 Merlin Rd.
Merlin, OR.
97532

Flying:
The closest commercial airport is in Medford, Oregon (airport code MFR), 34 miles southeast of our shop in Merlin. In the Medford Airport there are four car rental companies (Budget, Avis, National, Enterprise, and Hertz). At this time we do not offer transportation to or from the airport, but we can pickup and drop off at any Grants Pass Hotel the morning of a trip and at the conclusion of a trip. If you plan to not rent a car, you can call Double D Shuttles at 541-476-7773 and hire them to transport you from the Medford Airport to a Grants Pass Hotel.

Hotels:
To make sure you get a good nights rest before the trip we recommend staying locally the night before your trip. Here are a few of the local accommodations in the Grants Pass area.

  • Redwood Motel Grants Pass Oregon   888-535-8824 (recommended)
  • Holiday Inn Express Grants Pass Oregon  541-471-6144 
  • Flery Manor Grants Pass Oregon  541-476-3591 (Award Winning)

Itinerary

Meet time - Day one we typically meet at 8 am. However, if it is going to be hot we do sometimes move that meeting to as early as 7:00am.  The section of trail on day one is especially exposed and can be challenging mid-day if it is hot out.

Day 1: 24.3 to 28 river miles depending on the lodge.
Day 2: 15.9 to 12 river miles depending on the lodge.


Conclusion: We are typically back to our shop in Merlin around 4pm but due to closed roads, varying running speeds and numerous other factors we are occasionally not back until as late as 6pm.