So, I believe there are several landowners of the four falls property which could explain the confusion. I know Ian has been in touch with the landowners and was there to help them place the orange rods. They are up on the trail next to the upstream side of the stairs at the eddy to portage and below the entire rapid to put back in if you decide to portage the entire rapid. There are no markers to show where to put in below first falls, but that should be pretty obvious to everyone. The rods are small 1/2" orange rebar that are about 3' tall. There is also a small orange flag on the very edge of the water at the upstream side of the large eddy with the stairs you took out at. That is where they want us out at.
You paddled directly under a couple of the signs that state that the landowners understand scouting and safety but expect us to respect their property. I can't describe exactly the bridges they are on but there are at least three of them on the paddle in on the bridges.
Here is a link to the thread Ian already posted about this: Bailey Boaters: First Falls Portage / Scout Info
I also posted a thread about the parking just as a reminder:
Bailey Put-in Reminder
Ian will be back from Cali soon and I'm sure he can clarify some of this...but I think the overall take is to be very respectful and do our best to leave no trace! I know not everyone checks the buzz so we all have to spread the word to fellow boaters.
Still stoked about the weekend on the North Fork!! See y'all out there!