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Hiking Rogue River Trail (end)

Saturday, May 24, 2014

After leaving Marial Lodge, we were ready for an easier hiking day. The hike to Paradise bar was only about 3.5-4 miles. This stretch of the trail was delightful. You climb up a rock ridge that is named Devil’s Backbone. The river has cut a very narrow channel through the serpentinite rock.

Rogue River

We saw more lovely flowers

Monkey flower loves the moist areas where water seeps out of the ground

The iris blooms change color as you hike along the trail

Indian paintbrush

Coreopsis in the dry rocky soil

At Inspiration Point, the hiker looks across at Stairstep Falls.

Paradise Lodge had the nicest accommodations -- the rooms were spacious and comfortable. The food was quite good. They had a complete selection of Zane Gray western novels; he lived in the area. The novels are dated and contain stereotypes that are jarring to modern readers.

View from our room at Paradise Lodge

View from the restaurant deck

The river is enjoyed by rafters and kayakers

We thought the final hiking day would be not too long. The views were beautiful, but it was a long hard slog. The trail had been rerouted. A couple of short sections had very treacherous footing over washed out scree.

On the trail

River view

Crossing the scree section -- very carefully!

The weather was very warm, and all of us ran out of water by the end of the hike. 2 of our hiking group brought water purifiers – next time I will bring my own because no one was willing to stop and pump water.
At Blossom Bar, we saw the wild azalea trees in bloom.

We had lunch at Flora Dell where a lovely little waterfall cascaded down.

Approaching Flora Dell

Flora Dell

We were quite happy to arrive at Illahee lodge after hiking around 12 miles.
The view from Illahee was lovely.

Relaxing on the porch at Illahee
The former owner was quite a character (he is now working for his daughter). He opined that the beautiful forests should be logged, because the forest was meant to provide cellulose.

This is the view from Illahee lodge -- can you imagine it with the forest clear cut?

On our way home, we took a different route. We stopped along the Umpqua River several times.

Colliding River, where the Little River meets the Umpqua
We hiked to Toakatee Falls, off the Umpqua River highway. It is a short easy hike -- but we didn't expect the uphill grade!

Tokatee Falls

I LOVED this hiking adventure, but yesterday (my first day home) I was happy to rest and do household chores. Today I worked outside in the yard for 5 hours. Maybe tomorrow I'll be ready to hike again!
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    Loved, loved, loonderfuved your pictures. Thanks so much for sharing them and your wonderful hike with us!

    Were you wearing anything that told calories burned? Just imagine how many cals you burned on this trip! Wouldn't it be fun to add them up?

    Great job and wonderful blogs!
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    1389 days ago
    I loved going through your hiking adventure with you via your blog. The pictures are beautiful and I'm sure it was even more breath-taking in person. I'm curious to know where you started from and how you mapped out your route~the Rogue River is near where I live and I am inspired by you to consider taking on this challenge. Thank you for sharing.
    1395 days ago
    Gorgeous waterfalls!
    1397 days ago
    Just gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing the fantastic adventure with us. I am truly sorry to read that you didn't have enough water though, this could have been dangerous -- and I couldn't believe your hiking companions didn't help, I would have been furious! Indeed, water purifiers for next time sounds like a good idea.
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    1397 days ago
  • DR1939
    Lovely trip. The pictures are beautiful. I was taken back that your colleagues were unwilling to help with water. This could easily be a safety issue.
    1398 days ago
    It sounds absolutely perfect. I'd love to do a hiking vacation someday, if I can find someone to go with me.

    Thanks for sharing the beautiful pictures, and I'm glad the weather was better for you the last two days.

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    1398 days ago
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