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Flying into Grants Pass Oregon !
Mt Shasta from 12,500 feet.
Passing west of Mount Shasta at 12,500
Best time of the year to go?  Spring and Summer 
Flight time in a Super Viking from KAJO? 4.1
Food on the airport? No
Fuel on airport? Yes, typically low prices
Landing or Handling fees? No, I've never even been charged for overnight. The FBO really tries hard and it's a pleasure to give them my business.
Comments about arriving and departing.  Due to high terrain you may not see the airport until the last 3 to 5 miles depending on the direction you're coming from.
Things to do at or near the airport. On the airport there is Chief Aircraft. Off the airport I suggest you rent a car and stay the night. This is a very nice area with lots of outdoor activities.
Rate this stop with 10 being best, 5 average. 9.0 but you'll need a rental car.

Hell Gate Jet Boat Rogue River


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Mt Shasta


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  Aircraft iced up near Mt Shasta  

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Things to do in Grants Pass !

Here's what I suggest. Spend the night! Get a car from the FBO and a hotel room on the river. In the morning have breakfast on the river then explore the area. For dinner catch the Jet Boats down the river to the O.K. Corral. It's a 1:15 minute ride each way and you'll get a little damp. Don't sit in the front row of the boats, if you do damp may take on a whole new meaning. The following morning have breakfast or brunch on the river again. Tank up on cheap AvGas before heading for home.

Dinning next to the Rogue River is always a pleasure. Some of my favorite places to eat on the river are listed below and I can highly recommended any of the below.

O.K. Corral: Is about 25 miles northwest of town and accessible only by the HellGate Jet Boats (pictures below). Running down the river on the jet boats is a lot of fun. The location can't be beat and the food is wonderful. Served family style and all you can eat including wine and beer. Don't miss this one!

TapRock: Where downtown meets the Rogue River between the 6th and 7th street bridges right where the Jet Boats load. This is my favorite place in town. Nice menu for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The building is very well done inside and out. My only complaint is the noise level. Eat outside on the deck if weather permits.

R-Haus:  Is truly an large old house on the river at 2140 Rogue River Highway. Dinner and brunch and I've really enjoyed their brunch. Big trees and a large green lawn make a nice relaxing setting. Also a favorite of wedding planers.  

River's Edge: Just east of town at 1935 Rogue River Highway. Dinning for Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. I like eating outside where there is an excellent view of the river.

Pictures of Grants Pass and Surrounding Areas !
Mt. Shasta from 13,500' One last look at Mt. Shasta taken from 13,500 on the way home. Shasta stands at 14,179 feet and is the 5th highest peak in California.
Final Approach, Landing at Granta Pass Final approach to runway 30 at Grants Pass airport.
TapRock Granta Pass The TapRock Restaurant sits on the Rogue River at the same location where you would board the Jet Boats. I really like this place. Casual dining, good food and a great view.
TapRock Granta Pass The VIP room at the TapRock. I just don't get it. Must be an Oregon thing.  
TapRock Granta Pass Looking down stream from the TapRock Restaurant  
Hellgate Jet Boat Tour Don't miss taking Hellgate Jet Boat Excursion down the Rogue River. http://www.hellgate.com/  This is a Must Do!
HellGate on the Rogue River Passing though Hellgate Canyon where the water runs deep and fast.
Hell Gate on the Rogue River  Several movies and TV shows have been shot at Hellgate from Gun Smoke to The River Wild. The famous jump sequence from Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid was shot here too.
Dinner on the Rogue River There are several Jet Boat tour packages available, we choose the dinner run. A 75 minute ride down the river for dinner then back to Grants Pass. Well worth the price! This is the dinning facility.
Dinner at the O.K  Corral on the Rogue River Dinner at the O.K. Corral, all you can eat! Tossed Green Salad, Corn Bread, Biscuits, Barbecued Ribs and Chicken, Fresh Vegetables, Ranch Potatoes and Dessert  accompanied by Beer, Wine, Iced Tea, Lemonade, Coffee and Hot Tea.
Returning to the HellGate Jet Boats After dinner we waddled back to the river for the ride home
Hell Gate Jet Boats Grants Pass Oregon Loading up in the Jet Boats for the ride home from the .O.K. Corral.
Bald Eagle on the Rogue River A Bald Eagle on the Rogue River
Hell Gate Jet Boat Tours Heading up the Rogue River for Grants Pass.
Rogue River Grants Pass Oregon Arriving back in Grants Pass
Jet Boat Grants Pass Oregon Returning to the docks in front of the TapRock Restaurant.
Ghost Town Church in Golden Oregon Golden Oregon, this town is left over from the gold rush. If you have a car this is a good day trip.
Old Church in Golden Oregon An old church in Golden Oregon 
Old Store in Golden Oregon An old store in Golden Oregon 
Covered Bridge Crossing Grave Creek in Oregon A covered bridge crossing Grave Creek
Rafting the Rogue River Rafting the Rogue.

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