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This ten mile section of the Upper Rogue Trail winds through marshy meadows and carves channels in buff-colored pumice. The trail begins on Forest Road #900, across from Hamaker Campground and heads away from the river through a stand of white fir and western white pine. It joins the river two miles later near the confluence of Muir Creek and the Rogue.

The trail continues south through grassy meadows with alder thickets and huckleberry bushes bordering the marshy river channel. After crossing Hurryon Creek, the grade fluctuates as the trail crosses a series of pumice banks before reaching the riverbank again near Highway Falls. The river pours over a short section of rapids, then turns sharply south to parallel Highway 230.

Beyond Highway Falls, the trail climbs to the top of a pumice cliff and offers a dramatic view of the river, finding its way through a maze of logjams far below. The trail descends with a series of switchbacks to the riverbank, following it closely through a secluded stand of mature forest. After crossing National Creek on a footlog, the trail climbs to Forest road #6530, crosses the river on the road bridge embankment to continue south along the west bank. The last half mile of trail climbs along the pumice road cut overlooking the highway and drops through a series of switchbacks to the Foster Creek trailhead.

Directions: From Prospect: Follow Highway #62 northeast until you reach the junction with Highway #230. Continue north on Highway #230 for approximately 14 miles until you reach the #6530 road. Turn right and follow this road until you reach the #900 road. Trail begins east of Hamaker Campground.

Seasonal Access: Normally Accessible: June-October

Facility Type: Trail

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