Meanwhile back at the ranch…

Rock Creek, the Ochoco

Rock Creek trail in the Ochoco, about ½ mile from the trailhead, where it joins up with the creek. It follows the creek for a couple miles or so this way, till finally ascending around to the west and then a rigorous upturn to Spanish Head, the second highest peak in the Ochoco range.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch…

Why I do this – North branch of Crooked River, Ochoco Mtns, Oregon, shrunken a lot in the heat of August.

This north branch of the Crooked River here is flowing east, though it starts a few miles away flowing north. Downstream from here, it meets Deep Creek and turns south out of the Ochoco, turning into the Crooked River proper, to flow west, then more or less northwest. It got the name Crooked for a reason :)