Day 5 – September 15: Gold Beach to Indian Mary Park
“Go Rogue” 71 miles
As you bid farewell to the ocean, the Rogue River becomes your friend before you embark on one of the most epic climbs in Cycle Oregon history. You’ll follow the river for 27 miles—keep an eye out for eagles, osprey, and other wildlife along the way!—and cross the isolated Illinois River, known as the least accessible river canyon in the lower 48 states. You’ll leave the Rogue for now to head upward, for 16 miles lined with Douglas Fir and Hemlock trees to the summit of Bear Camp. You’ll refuel at the top before being rewarded with 20 miles of downhill to reach your overnight respite on the banks of the Rogue River at Indian Mary Park.