Upper Rogue - Hersberger Road North 9-25-13

Temperatures were in the low 40s throughout the day. We had sprinkles for an hour or so in the morning but by lunch we had sun and broken clouds which held for the rest of the hike.

This is a seldom used trail along a mostly placid section of the upper Rogue. The Prospect Ranger said that there had been no trail maintenance for at least the past two years and that certainly appeared to be the case. There were two places where shoulder high growth had completely obliterated the trail.

The most memorable aspect of the hike was the wild profusion of fungi along the trail which often stopped us in our tracks for a closer look.

Our original intention was to hike up to Foster Creek / Highway 230, which would have been about 5 miles. However, we declared victory at about 4.5 miles and had lunch and then started the return. It took us over 2 and 1/2 hours to cover the 4.5 miles of generally level trail because we ended up wandering around a bit a couple of times when we lost the trail. The return was a bit quicker since we could follow our own trampled tracks back.

Also on the return, one hapless hiker somehow managed to drive a good sized stick a couple of feet through his shoe laces. Extrication required the services of multiple fellow hikers.

We took refreshment inside at the Rogue River Lodge on the way home.

Ashland Hiking Home

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