Lower Rogue - Grave Creek to Alder Creek 4-18-18

Photos by Dan, Denise and Keeley

Fourteen of us headed down the Lower Rogue River Trail under partially clouded skies and temperatures in the high 40’s to low 50’s.  Perfect hiking weather.  The flowers rolled out the red carpet (or yellow or blue or pink or ...).  One plant really stood out  to me and that would be the very happy - Poison Oak.  The leaves were very shiny and loaded with oil, just waiting for someone to touch them.  

The river was flowing well and there were several nice waterfalls for viewing on both sides of the river.  Lunch was a delight, with the sun out and everyone relaxing before heading back up the river.  On the way back, we saw 4 rafts on their way to the Pacific Ocean.  We heard one had flipped at Rainie Falls, but everyone looked ready for the 3 day adventure.  We also heard a large group of frogs croaking their hearts out. 

This hike violated several  of the group’s by-laws, including much uphill and going up hill overall after lunch (the lunch spot is 60 feet lower that the starting point), but everyone had a great time.  Refreshments were taken in Merlin at Baldini’s Cafe, which had great onion rings and fries.

Keeley Kirkendall

Track download: Lower Rogue: Grave Creek to Alder Creek.GPX

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