Upper Rogue - Peyton Bridge to the Prospect Hydro Plant 12-18-13

Photos and track by Dan, Lynn and Ron

We did this hike along the Upper Rogue as a shuttle from the TH at Peyton Bridge up to the Prospect Hydroelectric Plant.

On the way to leaving the shuttle car we had planned to cut over from Highway 62 to Mill Creek Road on Katydid Road. However, we found Katydid gated so we proceeded another mile north to the Prospect Access Road and then came back on Mill Creek to leave the shuttle car in front of one of the employee houses at the Prospect Hydroelectric Plant. The plant was built in the early 1900s and puts out about 37 mW. You can read more about it here.

The temperature at the TH was 35oF and it never climbed higher than 41o F under overcast skys with the occasional hazy sun break. The first three miles of trail were generally bare with scattered snow patches. Miles 3 to 5 were just the opposite; mostly snow covered with the occasional bare spot. We concluded that this section of the trail had retained the most snow because it was the lowest segment, down by the river, and had probably stayed colder longer.

We had lunch in a sunny spot overlooking the cold river. After lunch we violated By-law 1.1 with a bit of uphill; take a look at the profile. However, everybody made it and we were able to stop at the Rogue River Lodge to refuel.

Ashland Hiking Home

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