Takelma Gorge - October 22, 2016
Coordinator Richard O'Neill, narration and pictures by Richard O'Neill
9 people and 1 dog participated in the hike to Takelma Gorge but not without a little misadventure. On the drive to the trailhead, a pair of motorcyclists spilled it and we stopped to render assistance and first aid, if needed. Fortunately, we had two doctors in the car but apart from an injured hand, the motorcyclists were shook up but OK. But we were late for our trailhead rendezvous with Medford friends Glenn, Carol, and Katie the Banana -Eating Dog.
Once we started hiking, it was readily apparent that one of the themes for this hike would be autumn. The Rogue River was running serene and placid and the river was flanked by vine maples, all aglow in yellows, oranges, and reds. Dogwood also was contributing its own little pink ambience to the mix, too. So, there was much oohing and aahing at the colors but about a mile and a half into the hike, the oohing and aahing was for Takelma Gorge.
The river had picked up speed and plunged into a river U-turn where Takelma Gorge began. The gorge is a narrow slot canyon and the narrow defile deepened enough to where the river disappeared from sight entirely, although we could hear the river snarling at the bottom. The gorge lasted about a mile or so before the terrain flattened out and the river returned to its placid state.
We ate lunch at the closed River Bridge Campground where we relaxed by the river and ate lunch. We got to enjoy the awesome gorge and the glorious colors all over again on the way back. Those of us with cameras, who shall remain nameless but the hikers waiting for a certain driver and his friend to finally make it back to the trailhead know who we are talking about, lagged behind snapping pictures of the colorful autumn rainbow that was the vine maple forest. All in all another great hike for the club!
Roseburg Oregon Hiking Club