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This section of the Upper Rogue River Trail parallels a quiet stretch of river and ends at a small diversion reservoir one mile south of the Forest Boundary. This reservoir joins with waters from the South Fork of the Rogue and are diverted through two wooden penstocks (pipes) to a hydroelectric power plant.

The trail begins at River Bridge Campground, located one mile west of Hwy. 62 on Forest Road #6210, and heads downriver along the east bank. The trail crosses a brushy, sandy beach piled with driftwood and enters a stand of tall sugar pine, which has carpeted the forest floor with its needles and cones. Occasional views of the river occur where the trail nears the edge of 20-foot bluffs bordering the river channel.

The last four miles of trail leave the river and wind through a stand of younger trees. The backwaters of the reservoir are visible as the trail returns to the riverbank. It then joins and follows an old road to the picnic area at the edge of the reservoir. A half mile access road connects to Hwy. 62 from the dam, marking the end of the Upper Rogue River Trail.

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