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Explore the Rogue: Leaping Salmon
Hike and Learn – Hike to Rainie Falls
Join RRWC’s executive director, Brian Barr and OSU Extension Land Steward coordinator and botanist, Rachel Werling on a 4.5 to 5-hour hike along the Rogue River from the Grave Creek bridge down to Rainie Falls to watch adult Chinook Salmon leap eight feet over the waterfall on their way upstream to their spawning grounds. We’ll identify plants, discuss the history of this section of the middle Rogue, and talk about the migratory fish of the Rogue on the way to the falls and back.
Carpooling to the site is encouraged as parking is somewhat limited at the trailhead. Carpool meet up will be at 8:15 in Central Point at Rogue River Watershed Council offices at 89 Alder Street. Alternatively, you can meet us at the trailhead near the Grave Creek boat launch where we plan to head out onto the trail at 9:30am.
Directions to Rainie Falls trailhead
Off of I-5, take exit 61
Drive west on the Merlin-Galice Rd about 22.7 miles to Grave Creek Bridge
The trailhead is located on the south end of the bridge and parking is available along the road. Park on the road before crossing the bridge.
We plan to begin hiking by 9:30 am and will be back to the trailhead by 2:30 pm. Expect to be back to the RRWC office around 3:30 pm.
Donations to the RRWC are encouraged and accepted on the RRWC donation page.
The hike is moderate with an overall elevation gain of approximately 1100 ft over a 3.6 mile out and back trail. The trail is narrow with uneven footing in many locations.
What to bring
Hiking boots, long-sleeved, loose fitting shirt, long pants, sunscreen/sun hat, water, and sack lunch.
Be prepared to encounter poison oak along the trail. No pets allowed.
This event is limited to 15 total participants.