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Rogue River (OR) - May 12-15, 2010 - 38 Miles
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Day Camp Bank Miles
Put-in Almeda Bar Left 0.0
1 Black Bar Lodge Left 12.6
2,3 Paradise Lodge Right 27.5
Takeout Foster Bar Right 38.0
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12:26pm Launch from Almeda Bar
Zooming in on a perched Bald Eagle
Surfing at the bottom of Grave Creek
Grave Creek lunch stop.
Named after the grave of Martha Leland Crowley, daughter of a pioneer couple. Martha was buried under an oak tree near the creek in 1846.2
Approaching Rainie Falls
Jim thru Dory Chute
Neil and Sandy thru Dory Chute
Al and Linda thru Dory Chute
Regroup below Rainie Falls
The falls were named after old man Rainie who lived in a small cabin below the falls and made a living by gaffing salmon.2
Rainie Falls close-up
Ray below Lower Black Bar Falls
Friendy Bambi at Black Bar Lodge.
Black Bar is named after William Black who was killed here, put into his boat, and shoved into the river by his assailant. The lodge was built in 1932 and is open from April through mid-November.2
Wisteria outside Black Bar Lodge
Day 2 - preparing to depart from Black Bar Lodge at 9:47am
Jim thru Horseshoe Bend
Vulture in flight
Above Battle Bar3
Al at Battle Bar tourist stop.
Named because of a fight between Colonel Kelsey's calvary on the north bank and a band of Takelma Indians on the south bank.
After the massacre of Indian families on Little Butte Creek, hostile elements broke out of the Table Rock Reservation on October 9, 1855 (Little Butte Creek and Table Rock Reservation are located near what is now Medford). The Indians traveled down the north side of the Rogue, killing settlers and burning dwellings.
Fighting between the whites and the Indians extended as far downriver as Grave Creek until winter weather stopped the campaign.
The Indian families spent the winter near Battle Bar. In April of 1856, a detachment of soldiers was sent to the area to eliminate the Native Americans. The soldiers rode into the large clearing on the north side of the river and were promptly engaged in battle with the Indians who had abandoned their camp for the protection of the bar on the south side. Though not a major battle, it was one of the skirmishes which led to the extraction of American Indians from the Rogue River country.
Bob Fox built a cabin on the south side of the river. Bob had planned a fishing resort but was unable to complete it because Jack Mahoney, a neighbor, shot and killed Fox on May 6, 1947. The 1964 flood destroyed the walls of the cabin but the roof and supports remained. In 1991, the BLM and the White City Veterans Administration Domiciliary refurbished the shelter.2
Ray naps thru the Battle Bar stop
Zane Grey (Winkle Bar) tourist stop #2.
Western writer Zane Grey bought the mining claim for this site from a prospector in 1926. Grey then had his cabin built and used it for a place to stay while he was fishing and writing. Winkle Bar was purchased from Zane Grey's heirs and remains private property.2
The Sweetheart Tree
Lunch stop below Mule Creek
Into Mule Creek Canyon
Al and Linda below Narrows
Stair Creek Falls
Blossom Bar scout
Lining up for Devils Stairs
Note left side curler. While most decided to follow the right "V", I decided to play in the curler and wash body parts....
Neil and Sandy at Paradise Creek
Letting down the luggage tram
Older lodge next to the main Paradise Lodge
Day 3 - Once again we claimed squatter's rights in the new Garden House
We occupied the entire near side of the building
Heading for morning coffee...
Breakfast at main lodge
Deak's Peak in background
Starting up the trail
Looking upriver, below Blossom
Madrone tree. Also my room name where I stayed.
Looking at Lodge from Deak's
Castilleja, commonly known as Indian paintbrush or Prairie-fire
"Verification" photo. Thanks Ray!
Still some snow in the distance
Afternoon relaxation and shade at the Garden House3
Leaving the front gate open lets the cows in for grazing and leaving souvenirs
Day 4 - loading up the luggage cart for departure
Bringing tram up for loading
Sandy and Ray wisely walk down
Riding down on the tram
My 12'6" cat next to Al's 16' JTABAB
10:06am departure from Paradise
Jet boat that brings weekly supplies upriver
Tourist stop #3. The General's Cabin at East Creek.
This is the site of the former "General's Cabin" owned by Generals Eakers, Spaatz, LeMay, Anderson, and Twining. The land was sold to the group by Wooldridge as a former mining claim. Glen was one of the first Rogue River guides. He guided from 1917 to the 1970s. Wooldridge ran the first successful upriver trip in 1947, from Gold Beach to Grants Pass.2
Most of group photo at chimney remains
Loking over the edge down to East Creek
The "general's stairs"
Tate Creek Waterfalls.
About 200 yards up the creek is a natural water slide that drops 25 feet into a deep fresh pool.2
Loking upstream from bridge
Hiking upstream from bridge
Didn't feel like a wet moss rock scramble to get to water slide. Easier later in summer.
Jet boat buzzes by during lunch
Clay Hill Still falls
The creek is named after Flora Dell Thomas, Hathaway Jones' wife. Hathaway Jones (1870-1937) was a local packer, mail carrier and story teller. Flora Dell Creek plunges over a 30 foot sheer wall into a deep trailside pool.2
2:18pm - Foster Bar take-out.
Named after Charles Foster, miner, packer and lieutenant in the military during the Indian wars. Foster escaped an Indian attack at this site and worked his way downriver to Port Orford (then Fort Orford). After the Indian wars Foster returned to settle in this area and married Catherine (a Karok Indian).2
Most of group photo. Jim took off already and Sandy took photo3
Sometimes river trips are about the clothing souvenirs. Al provided the embriodered micro-fleece from WingedStitches.com. Thanks Al! I also "needed" a Paradise/Blossom Bar replacement T-shirt
USGS Flow at Grants Pass 05/12/2010 12:00 PDT 2.38 2,670 CFS 11.7 DegC (53F)
USGS Flow at Agness 05/12/2010 12:00 PDT 4.49 4,790 CFS 11.8 DegC (53F)
In case you were wondering who did the vehicle shuttle for us:
The Galice Resort
11744 Galice Road
Merlin, OR 97532
541-476-3818 or fax: 541-471-0188
- U.O.N., Olympus Stylus 770SW Digital Photography by William F. Smith (7.1 MP, 3072x2304 HQ, 3X optical 38-114mm)
- Grave Creek to Foster Bar Trail Log
- Olympus ST-6000 Digital Photography by Linda Schwartz (10 MP, 3.6X optical 28–102mm)