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  • Bear Camp Road open for holiday travelers

  • Bear Camp Road traversing the Siskiyou Mountains between the remote Rogue River outposts of Galice and Agness is open and available to Memorial Day travelers.
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  • Bear Camp Road traversing the Siskiyou Mountains between the remote Rogue River outposts of Galice and Agness is open and available to Memorial Day travelers.
    Federal land managers on Tuesday had recommended motorists avoid the one-lane road with turnouts because up to 6 inches of snow was expected to fall there by Wednesday morning.
    Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management engineers confirmed late Wednesday that only 1 to 2 inches of snow fell at the road's highest elevations, and it was melting rapidly.
    That led federal land managers Thursday to lift the recommendation against using the road.
    Anyone who travels Bear Camp Road or other high-mountain backroads during spring and fall seasons should be prepared to carry extra food, water and warm clothing. Also, make sure someone not traveling with you knows your travel plans and expected arrival and return times.
    Bear Camp Road was the route taken by the Kim family of San Francisco during a November 2006 snowstorm. The family was stranded for nearly a week before James Kim set out on foot to find help. He was found dead from hypothermia.
    His wife and two children were rescued.
    The road receives regular use from people traveling between the Rogue Valley and Gold Beach or Agness, a fishing burg 27 river miles from the ocean.
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