Takelma Gorge, Upper Rogue River Trail - October 6, 2007
Coordinator Diane Rannow, narration and pictures by Diane Rannow

Only 8 of us head up to the Upper Rogue River today. The fall colors are glorious as we drive up hwy. 138 along the North Umpqua River. When we get closer to the Diamond Lake area the fall colors turn to the grays and white of winter as we see snow along the road. After a few miles on hwy. 232, we drop back down in elevation and back to the fall colors.

Gary, Nancy and Lois need to be back early to Roseburg, so they head off at a brisk pace. We won't see them again until after lunch when they are heading back out. As always, this is a beautiful hike. We see the river in many moods... calm & placid with the fall colors reflected in it's surface and rushing and churning as it squeezes itself into narrow channels through the gorge. Some of the leaves haven't turned yet and some have already fallen. Only see one or two mushrooms and they are just conks and LBMs (little brown mushrooms).

We hike a total of about 5 miles.


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