Experience the best of Southern Oregon and Northern California in late June 2018 on this adventure tour featuring superlative natural wonders from the Rogue River and Redwood National Forest, to Crater Lake National Park.
Begin in Medford, the hub of southern Oregon and an area known for its rich and fertile landscapes. Did you know that Medford is one of the few regions in the U.S. where Tempranillo and Viognier grapes can be grown? Besides Oregon’s world class wineries, this part of the country is a great place to explore the best of the Pacific Northwest, from the Siskiyou Mountains to the Pacific coast.
2018 is the 50th anniversary of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act – what better way to celebrate than a rafting trip on one of the original rivers named in this act? The peaceful Rogue River flows from the Oregon Cascade Mountains to the Pacific Ocean and your river rafting trip follows the river through the Rogue River Wilderness section. This trip is especially unique as you get to experience a wilderness river, its solitude and remoteness, yet enjoy comfortable lodge accommodations in the evening. Never rafted? No problem! Professional rafting guides will show you all the tips you’ll need as you float and paddle down the Class II-IV rapids of the Rogue. Rafting is an exciting and exhilarating experience that will leave you feeling fulfilled and triumphant – it’s an AdventureWomen favorite!
Ginger Johnson, author, TED speaker, educator and coach (and renowned craft beer expert) will join you on the river, hosting you on delicious evening tastings with food pairing while infusing her energy and passion for “the two fundamentals in life – women and beer” to add to your rafting fun.
Explore the Rogue River Ranch. Stretch your legs a bit and learn about the early settlers who built this ranch. The classic Oregon guest ranch has been restored and is open for Rogue River visitors to learn and experience what early pioneer life was like.
As you make your way downstream on the Rogue River by paddle, breathe deeply and take in the fragrant air from the surrounding forest of pine, oak, and madrone. Each day, stop to enjoy a bountiful riverside lunch, then continue paddling through more rapids, and into the calm pools and “eddies” between them, or cool off as you jump in for a swim!
We continue our journey in Oregon driving south along the famous US Route 101. Views of the Pacific Ocean abound as the highway follows the coast and crosses into Northern California. Redwood trees are one of the tallest trees in the world, and they only grow in this region of the Pacific Coast. These majestic beauties can grow from a seedling to over 100 feet tall in less than 50 years and remind us of the resilience and depth of nature.
You’ll spend a day hiking along the Boy Scout Tree Trail, which is 5.3 miles and has 750 feet of elevation gain. This hike will take you through a variety of ecosystems and numerous stands of tall trees. There are plenty of places to stop along the trail and relax as we soak in the sounds and sights of the Northern California backcountry.
Deep in the Siskiyou Mountains, Oregon Caves National Monument is home to natural caves formed when acidic rainwater dissolved the surrounding marble, creating one of the few marble caves in the world. Tour the caves with a ranger and learn about their formation and history taking some time to explore these remarkable caverns!
Head next to Crater Lake National Park, a magical place that has inspired people for hundreds of years. There is no place else on earth that combines a deep, pure lake so blue in color, sheer surrounding cliffs almost two thousand feet high, two picturesque islands, and a violent volcanic past. Crater Lake is a place of immeasurable beauty. There are no rivers that either feed or drain Crater Lake – the water in the lake is lost due to evaporation and is replaced by snow melt and rain. It takes approximately 250 years to replace all the water in the lake.
Join us in June for a wilderness trip into the forests, rivers and ecosystems of Southern Oregon and Northern California to rediscover the pioneer spirit inside all of us.
- Rafting the Rogue River, Redwoods & Crater Lake: Day-by-day Itinerary
- What’s Included on your Oregon & California Adventure Vacation
- What to pack for your Rogue River Rafting & more Adventure
- Getting to Medford, Oregon – Travel Tips & Information
- Detailed Itinerary: Redwoods, Rafting, & Crater Lake in Oregon & Northern California
- Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act with a three-day rafting trip on the Rogue River
- Watch 4th of July fireworks from your balcony overlooking the Pacific Ocean
- Walk among the tallest trees in the world in Redwood National Park
- Experience the deep blue and volcanic past of Crater Lake National Park on foot and by boat
- Meet Ginger Johnson, a speaker, educator and national expert about the relationship between women and beer
What You'll See and Do
- Cave Tour
- Whitewater Rafting
- Wine Tasting