The Rogue River, The Rogue River Gorge, Rivers, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

Rogue River Gorges and Crater Lakes

It was hard to say good-bye to the Motel Del Rogue, but it was time to move again. Back North to Seattle. A project was waiting. I was too close to Crater Lake not to visit and the start of the Rogue River could be found there. Two hours north and east further into the woods I went. Certainly it was on the way.

The Rogue River, The Rogue River Gorge, Rivers, Crater Lake National Park, OregonAbout 20 miles shy of Crater Lake, I had been advised to stop at Union Creek. I took a stroll along the pathway to see what I could see and it was cold, crisp, rushing beauty.

The Rogue River, The Rogue River Gorge, Rivers, Crater Lake National Park, OregonThe Gorge narrows to 25′ at this point and the water powers through at 410,000 per minute. As I leaned out over the barrier I noticed a disturbing sign and stayed within the boundaries. A young boy had fallen into the gorge while stretching out to take a picture. His body had not yet been recovered.

The Rogue River, The Rogue River Gorge, Rivers, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, Crater LakeMy first view of Crater Lake. It is spectacular.The Rogue River, The Rogue River Gorge, Rivers, Crater Lake National Park, OregonI was fond of these white Dr. Suess-like puffs along the cliff against the vivid blue of the lake below.

The Rogue River, The Rogue River Gorge, Rivers, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, The Watchman's TowerI hiked up to the Watchman’s Lookout Station for a more better view at my last stop along the Western Rim drive. I was there in the harsh light of mid-day, the shadows from the trees were large and long.

The Rogue River, The Rogue River Gorge, Rivers, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, Watchman's Lookout TowerMy parting view until I return with more time for the East rim road. Perhaps next time with snow caps and sunsets.

The Rogue River, The Rogue River Gorge, Rivers, Crater Lake National Park, Oregon, The Watchman's Lookout Station

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