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Rogue-Umpqua Divide

October 2008: A visit to various locations in the Rogue-Umpqua divide area

North Umpqua River
The North Umpqua River flows below Lemolo Falls. This waterfall is located a couple miles downstream from Lemolo Lake.
Lemolo Falls
Lemolo Falls is 102ft high. Trails access both sides of the canyon. This view is from a dead-end trail on the west side. A longer trail follows the North Umpqua River for a longer distance on the other side of the river, but the view of the falls from that trail isn't as good.
Watson Falls
This tall, thin waterfall drops 272ft down a canyon wall and then into the North Umpqua River. A short trail brings visitors to this view.
Watson Falls Redux
Another view of dramatic Watson Falls.
Whitehorse Falls
If you want to visit a pretty waterfall that requires virtually no hiking, this one is for you. Whitehorse Falls is located in a campground along the highway. A short path leads to a platform with this view.
Autumn on the Rogue
The Rogue River is one of the more fascinating rivers in Oregon. A trail follows about 40 miles of the upper Rogue River in this area near Crater Lake National Park. Much further downstream, the Rogue cuts through the coast range toward the Pacific Ocean. In that area, the river is much bigger, more remote, and popular with rafters. Of course, you can also hike a long trail along that stretch.
Rogue River Trail
The Rogue River Trail winds through a colorful autumn forest.
Color on the Rogue
The upper Rogue River flows through a thick misty forest.

Where is it?

The Rogue-Umpqua Divide is my name for the area just to the west and north of Crater Lake National Park. The headwaters of these two great Oregon rivers - the Rogue River and Umpqua River - are in this area.

Before you go...
This area can be visited throughout the year, but be prepared for snow in the winter, along with some possible road closures. Keep in mind that the north entrance to Crater Lake National Park is closed in winter... which sometimes lasts until late June! The south entrance is kept open year-round.

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