Upper Rogue - Peyton Bridge to the Prospect Power Plant 12-10-14

Photos by Dan and Ron

We were a little pokey getting started this morning.  The drive to the TH and setting up the shuttle cars took 1:30, which meant that we didn't start hiking until around 10:00.

Temperatures were in the 50s with hazy sun in the morning giving way to overcast in the afternoon. We had a Hank lunch, about 1/3 of the way up the climb out from the river, so that we could meet our tour guide at the Prospect Power Plant at 1:00.

Steve Albertelli, from PacifiCorp, met us at the Pacific Power warehouse in Prospect for a quick orientation and safety briefing.  From there we drove up to the Middle Fork diversion dam, visited the Prospect #3 power plant, drove to the North Fork diversion dam and finally went down to the Prospect 1 and 2 power plants on the river.  It was a terrific tour. Although we have seen pieces of the system over the years on various hikes it all makes sense now in terms of how the water flows and power is produced. Total output from all 4 units is around 50 MW, which plus or minus something will power a city the size of Ashland.

Ashland Hiking Home

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