Upper Rogue River Gorge - October 10, 2015
Coordinator Diane Rannow, narration and pictures by Diane Rannow

It was a brisk morning as seven of us headed toward Union Creek and the Rogue Gorge. This is one of my favorite fall hikes.

We started out by exploring the .2 mile paved, signed interpretive trail to the Rogue Gorge. Even with the hot, dry summer we’ve had, water still boiled and churned as it was squeezed through the 100-foot deep gorge. Turning back downstream, an unpaved trail follows a quieter stretch of river as it flows past camp sites and summer cabins tucked in the woods. Although peak fall colors were about a week earlier, there was still plenty of color scattered along the banks of the river and reflected in the water.

After 3 miles, the river once again becomes wilder as it is squeezed through a rocky channel. A foot bridge to the other side takes us to a good lunch site. It’s warmed up enough that we are glad to sit in the shade.

After lunch, everyone decided to return the way we came and then drive the few miles to Natural Bridges. Once again we took a short, signed interpretive trail. At Natural Bridges, the entire river disappears into a lava tube only to resurface 200 feet later. Some decided to stop in Union Creek on the way home for ice cream. It’s been a beautiful, tranquil & satisfying day.


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