2010 Grand Ronde River
May 07, 2010 at 9:00 AM
Trip Report: Grand Ronde River
Back for the umpteenth time is our early-season, supposed-to-be-highflow 90-mile run from Minam to Heller’s Bar. Despite lower than usual flow, no one’s arms fell off, nor did we run out of daylight doing a 32-mile first day followed by a 47-mile second day. Perhaps the burger and milkshake lunch stop at Boggan’s Oasis on Day Two had something to do with it.
As usual, the upper canyon is nicely forested, punctuated by flowering trees and wildflowers. We saw half a dozen bald eagles (including a nesting pair at Camp Two – the third year in a row for them), osprey and deer. Plus, for the first time we saw a bear who ran off immediately after spotting us.
The lower canyon (below Troy) is always just as spectacular, with high basalt cliffs covered with green grass, at times giving it the look of velvet. Throw in some rain clouds illuminated by sun breaks, and we were sorry they took our Kodachrome away.
Whitewater is not the drawon this trip (although some folkst thought the Narrows Rapid was bigger than last year, when we ran it at 11,000). The entertainment came from three boats getting hung up on rocks or shallow water on at least five separate occasions. And the camp stories.
We’ll be back next year.