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Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness: Muir Creek Loop

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The Rogue-Umpqua Divide Wilderness is a short 10 miles directly west of Crater Lake, but is a world away from the crowds that descend upon Oregon's only National Park. The Muir Creek trail follows its namesake for approximately 3.9 miles before it's terminus with the Buck Canyon Trail. As you set out on the Muir Creek trail you will be treated to beautiful views of the meandering stream and perhaps grazing elk. 


After nearly 2.8 miles you will hear Muir Creek Falls to your right. Watch for faint trails through the alder that lead to a few seldom used campsites and a view of Muir Creek Falls. The thick riparian vegetation made photographing the waterfall difficult, but if it was mid-summer instead of mid-October one could easily ford Muir Creek for a better view. 

The waterfall is located on a tributary of Muir Creek known as East Fork Sherwood Creek. It was possibly only because of the drought but upstream of the waterfall Muir Creek was merely a trickle. I was using Bill Sul…