July 14th, 2008

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Trip Report: McKenzie River

Back now. Was a very fine weekend adventure. The McKenzie River is a lot like the Nantahala, fast and cold and fresh clear green. We visited Cougar Hotsprings (4 pools, clothing optional, 1/4 mile hike, near the Reservoir, $5/head to the USFS to get in) and did a hike to the top of Castle Mountain. Susan rode her bike down from Castle and for once was on a trail all by herself. She also rode about 25 miles of the McKenzie River trail, which is a heavily used singletrack. I hiked to places that I could jump naked into the river or creeks. We paddled from the Paradise Campground down to the covered bridge in Rainbow, about 9 miles class II continuous. Lots of great surfing waves and some nice holes too. I got the feel of the boat again, was no longer afraid, was able to frolick properly and catch waves on the fly. The flow I'd guess was 900-1,000 at Paradise, more like 1,200-1,500 at the covered bridge, as the tribs were gushing. Best campsites at Paradise are 19, 51, 54, 55, 56 (river access). A good boating store in Eugene is Oregon River Sports, they did us right. http://www.oregonriversports.com/

This is the bottom two pools of Cougar hotspring.

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Keep the Verde River Flowing (Arizona)

The Verde is being attacked by everybody because water in the desert is precious....and the longer it takes us to protect it, the less water will be legally left in it when we do......so here is a start at taking care of this lovely river. Please click here, read, and sign the petition if you think this org is on the right track. And don't be surprised if your local river goes away before anybody notices.....

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/2167/t/7011/petition.jsp?petition_KEY=1279