Upper Rogue - NE from Peyton Bridge 3-10-21

Photos by Barry and Keeley

Four of us headed to the north end of Lost Creek Reservoir to hike up the Rogue River on the Peyton Bridge Trail.  I’ve hiked this a few times in the distant past but stopped due to lots of deadfall.  I had heard rumors that some clearing had been completed, so we took a chance. 

It was in the high 30’s and foggy when we started.  The trail was in good shape for most of the way, but we did hit about 100 yards of deadfall that proved to be challenging (check out the pictures). Everyone was up for the challenge, so forward we went.  Once past the “mess”, it was clear the rest of the way to lunch. 

The views were spectacular (pictures never show the emotional impact of the landscape).  Bright green moss contrasted against red rocks and blue-green water.  Although it was drizzling most of the time, we were mostly in the forest, so it was not an issue.  We all had very colorful backpack covers (that’s how you can find 2 people in the deadfall piles) so things were always dry.

We passed several waterfalls and stopped at Hurd Creek waterfalls for lunch, when all of a sudden a helicopter showed up.  Turned out they were working on the other side of the river clearing out old telephone/power poles and lifting them to another pickup site.  On our way back to the cars, those poles were going right over our heads, so we hoped they didn’t accidentally drop off. 

All went well and everyone made it back home safely.  We all agreed that this would be a fun hike to do again. 

Track download: Peyton Bridge Trail North 3-10-21.gpx

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