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Fireweed - Other Trail Journal - 2015

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Mary "Fireweed" Kwart
City: Ashland
State: Oregon
Country: USA
Begins: Jun 9, 2015
Direction: Westbound

Daily Summary
Date: Tue, Jun 9th, 2015
Start: Graves Creek
End: Black Bar Lodge
Daily Distance: 10
Trip Distance: 10.0

Journal Stats
Entry Visits: 356
Journal Visits: 2,529
Guestbook Views: 91
Guestbook Entrys: 2

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At Graves Creek Trailhead

Off on the Rogue River

I met my friend Karyn and friends at Rogue Wild in Merlin, Oregon. We stashed our cars and boarded the van shuttle with all our gear to do an unsupported backpack of the Lower Rogue River Trail for 4 days. This trip was the polar opposite of the hike I just completed on the Hayduke Trail--going from Arches National Park to Escalante. We will be staying at lodges with 3 meals a day provided, showers and beds every day. And no navigation required--just follow the well worn trail next to the Rogue River. It was unseasonably hot--a record breaker for Medford and in the high 90's on the trail, which is just a few hundred feet above sea level. The Rogue River Gorge is very rocky and scenic in this section. We passed Rainie Falls--a class 5 rapid. I remembered my float trip down the San Juan River in Colorado--and my spill in a class 4 rapid in an inflatable kayak. No thanks--I am more foot oriented. When we arrived at the river location of the Black Bar Lodge where we were supposed to get rowed across to our accommodations--no one was there. Two BLM river rangers graciously rowed us across in their raft a few people at a time. Black Bar Lodge is very peaceful. The food was plentiful and we were greeted with ice cold lemonade and iced tea. Alas--no ice cold beer for sale! The little cabins each had a bathroom and shower. I was glad I brought along Tecnu to rub off accumulated poison oak oils before the shower. The cabins were bordered by a large expanse of grass which was visited by a doe and her fawn in the evening.

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Lower Rogue River Trail



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