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Old 05-26-2011   #11
Ashland, Oregon
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We ran the fish ladder at Rainie. We usually do middle chute, but that day the approach and drop were a little dicey. Some of our group went right at Blossom and it was very straightforward, just one rock to dodge below the entry. The rest of us did the usual entrance eddy, then cut hard right to catch the long wave train.

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Old 05-26-2011   #12
Horserump, Colorado
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I've always have run in the fall and there's a real nice slot to boof off of on the middle right side of the falls.....If there's not a bunch of 20 pound salmon trying to get up the same spot. Bears are a big deal down below Blossum Bar. The coast is pretty cool.

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Old 05-26-2011   #13
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Crater Lake NP is definitely worth a visit. The park has phenomenal amounts of snow this year (around 175% of average for this date), so typical opening dates will likely be delayed. And there is another 12 inches forecast over the weekend. Most years the North Entrance Road is open by Memorial Day - forget about that happening. Most years the Rim Drive around the lake is open by July 4 - have to wait and see on that one. Watchman Peak and Hillman Peak on West Rim Drive should be accessible and have some nice spring ski runs
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Old 05-26-2011   #14
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Thanks for all the great input so far, keep it coming. I'll definately head out to the coast and maybe catch Crater Lake on the way back home, may go fish Deschutes or Umpqua. I love hearing what lines people are running through the rapids as I'll be a virgin to The Rogue. I think we're gonna try to camp at Solitude and Battle Bar, any info on steelhead this time of year? I'll most likely be rowing all day so my fishing will most likely be done from camp. Thanks
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Old 05-27-2011   #15
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Another Rogue virgin here! We launch on July 15th. I have watched lots of YouTube videos of people running Blossom Bar and the top part looks pretty self explanatory. It's the middle section that I have questions about. I saw one person pull very hard right after the top entrance slot, and continue down the right, and all the others kind of weaved their way through the middle. Any advice?
We'll probably hit the coast, and maybe go down to the Redwoods before heading back to Pocatello & SLC. We'll have to see about Crater Lake?
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Old 05-27-2011   #16
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For me it it's just a lot of hard back row ferrying to get the boat where it needs to go. The first ferry after the picket fence is the most dangerous as a lost passenger here has sadly resulted in some losses of life due to hydraulics. After that the concern is a wrap of your boat and a lost day trying to recover your gear. Probably not a concern on a cat
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Old 05-27-2011   #17
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Felon- Solitude is a camp that is infamous for bear issues, both upper and lower. Not that it should deter you from camping there as it is a great spot, but just keep it extra tidy.

Cataraftgirl- I may get flamed a bit for this and do not like to sandbag grades, but Blossom is more in the class III realm. Multiple lines available once the entrance move is made. Scout on river right and you will get a great view of the entire rapid.
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Old 05-27-2011   #18
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Here is another opinion on the difficulty of running Blossom Bar on the "normal route" at levels where it is the preferred option.

It may well be a class 3 rapid as solboater states. My opinion that entrance move seems like a standard class 3 move but requires class 5 timing skills.

The wrap danger is close to or at least class 5 if your timing is off. The first move above the picket fence is indeed a class 3 easy move but if your timing is off just a hair or if you apply too much of not enough "oar force" , there is heck to pay. Same for the rest of the rock avoidance moves all the way down the rest of the run on river left. Easy moves if your timing is correct.

Several deaths and a bunch of wraps attest to the failure of hitting the lines at exactly the right timing and amount of power.
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Old 05-27-2011   #19
eugene, Oregon
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If you have time to explore while on the river you might want to check out some of the swimming holes - Howard Cr & Flora Dell are nice. The hike to the double waterfall at Dulog is also pretty cool. Have a great trip!
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Old 05-27-2011   #20
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Can't believe I forgot to mention Tate Creek slide. Definitely worth checking out.

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