Monday, May 20, 2019

Elk Creek Trail

May 19, 2019

Since the weather was forecasted to be cool with rain coming (and boy did it) in the afternoon, we took Katie and drove out past Shady Cove to the Yellow Rock TH of the Elk Creek Trail for a morning hike. This former paved-road-now-turned-trail, extends 5 miles from TH to TH, but today we only hiked out to the 4 mile marker and then took a side trail out to the Seven Mile Bend area along Elk Creek.  Here we took a nice break enjoying the creek and the blue sky filled with big white clouds, while Katie took a few dips into the creek and then rolled in the sand and rocks.  In all we covered 8.1 miles and thanks to the cooler temps, the paved trail was not hot.  We did see some wildflowers for the first time this year like Stonecrop, Field Morning Glory, Bell-Shaped Catchfly, and Slender Clarkia.

Trekking Together
Glenn & Carol

At the trailhead parking area

One of the large meadows along the trail with blue sky and white clouds.

Seven Mile Bend where we took a break.....

....while Katie took a bath, chewed sticks, and rolled in the sand  & rocks.

As the day progressed the clouds increased.

Swallowtail Butterfly enjoying the flowers


Salsify with a bug photobombing.

View of Elk Creek from first viewpoint off trail

Monday, May 6, 2019

Upper Rogue and Pearsony (or Pearsoney?) Falls

May 5, 2019

Temperatures in the valley were on the rise and with all the snow melted, Union Creek was calling our name.  We took Katie and hiked the Upper Rogue trail from Woodruff Bridge to the Natural Bridge.  This section had a mix of slow moving river and fast, churning white water as the river is very full from all the snow melt.  We made a couple of stops along the trail to explore and get a closer look at some falls, and once at the Natural Bridge Day Use Area we checked out all the viewpoints even though the Natural Bridge was under water.  When we completed our hike along the Upper Rogue, we drove to Prospect and hiked to Pearsoney Falls and a viewpoint of the water cascades coming down the Avenue of the Boulders.  Both were amazing with all of the water!  We thought about stopping to view Mill Creek Falls and Barr Falls, but is was getting hot and with 9.4 miles in the book, we headed home where we enjoyed sandwiches from the Picnic Basket Deli in Shady Cove.  This hike also put us over the 200 mile mark for the year.  Who knows, maybe we will hit 500 miles this year.

Trekking Together
Glenn & Carol

The cascade at Woodruff Bridge where we started our hike.
Dogwood trees were in bloom.

Another cascade about 2 miles into our hike.

Trillium's were numerous along the trail along with Calypso Orchids

Sign has Pearsoney but Oregon State Parks has is as Pearsony - who is right?

Pearsoney Falls.  Notice the falls to the left due to so much water.
View of Rogue River cascading down to the Avenue of the Boulders

Monday, April 29, 2019

Lower Table Rock & More

April 28, 2019

Over the last few weeks we have been busy hiking a lot of local low elevation trails enjoying the color and bloom of the many Spring flowers.  A few weeks ago we hiked Lower and Upper Table Rock the same day.  We were surprised that the plateau on Lower Table Rock did not have "the bloom" going on and were treated on Upper Table Rock to a plateau that was a sea of yellow Goldfield flowers with numerous vernal pools still full of water.  So on Sunday we headed back to Lower Table Rock and got to see the plateau finally in bloom with Lupine, Sea Blush, Camas and other wildflowers, while along the lower portions of the trail and the Oak Savannah trail we were treated to more Sea Blush, Desert Parsley, Camas and a pair of wild turkeys (the animal, not a flower).  As the snow melts away at higher elevations, we look forward to heading out on some new and familiar favorite trails that are more "out in the woods".  In the meantime, here are some pictures from Lower Table Rock, Upper Table Rock and Cathedral Hills Park in Grants Pass.

Trekking Together
Glenn & Carol

Rare albino camas at Lower Table Rock

Sea Blush at top of Lower Table Rock

Blooms on some sort of fruit tree at top of Lower Table Rock

Field of Camas on Oak Savannah trail

Goldfields on Upper Table Rock

Vernal pools on Upper Table Rock

Indian Warriors at Cathedral Hills Park in Grants Pass

Groundcones in bloom - Cathedral Hills Park