Lower Rogue - Grave Creek to the Whisky Creek Cabin 6-11-21

Photos and Video by Gladys

We headed out with incredibly misplaced optimism about the weather and for the first part of the hike we had only a sprinkling of rain. I informed the group that some trees they we were gazing at were bay trees, also known as myrtles, full of bay leaves for cooking. This began a harvesting frenzy and I can only imagine the stews, sauces etc. that will be produced as a result. The trail was wet so we proceeded with caution. The views were splendid, even without the sun. 

I decided to continue to the Whiskey Creek Cabin as a dry venue for lunch. It was a good choice since the heavens opened up as we arrived. We were joined by rafters who were given a quick course in cat sanitation. They looked very slick in their partial wetsuits, while we were a bit bedraggled by this time. We did have the advantage of feeling superior. 

On the way back we were surprised by the number of hikers coming the other way. Some were exhibiting that annoying habit of doing the trail at a gallop. Given the weather, one wondered why there was a rush to do the trail. Was there buried gold somewhere? There was some deadfall here and there but nothing that created a problem. The trail got slick in places with the rain picking up. The trail is not recommended for a wet day. 

Most of us stopped at Baldinis for refreshments and to wring out our clothes. 

John

Ashland Hiking Home

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