Since warmer temperatures were in the forecast, we decided to drive up to the Union Creek area and stretch our legs (and Katie's) for a long and beautiful hike along the Rogue River
The Upper Rogue trail stretches over 40 miles along the Rogue River. One end is at the Mount Mazama Viewpoint in the north, the other end is at the Prospect Reservior Park in the south. In between there are various access points that allow for short or long day hikes. We chose the Woodruff Bridge Picnic area for our access on today's hike.
We began by hiking from our car to the Woodruff Bridge and seeing the beautiful falls directly upstream. Not sure if the falls have a name or not, but Woodruff Falls would seem like a good name. We then began our trek that would take us from Woodruff Bridge south to the River Bridge Campground and back again.
Within the first mile we encountered two places where large trees had fallen into the river and taken with them large amounts of the riverbank, including the trail! We worked our way around these areas and rejoined the trail without having to do too much bushwhacking.
Even though the Rogue River is a little low for this time of year, it was still very beautiful to hike along this scenic river and enjoy the fresh smell of the woods. It didn't take long for the noise of the river to increase as we arrived at the beginning of Takelma Gorge.
|View of the beginning of the Takelma Gorge from 2014 hike|
After the gorge segment we enjoyed hiking on softer ground and were treated to a few wildflower varieties: small white trilliums, yellow woodland violets, snow queen, and even some fairy slipper orchids. The British Soldiers that we saw last year when hiking with our friend Richard, were present as well.
|Faily Slipper Orchids|
|Yellow Woodland Violets|
We arrrived at the River Bridge CG after 2 hours of hiking and found an empty campsite where we could sit down, eat, and enjoy a nice break. In Katie's opinion, the salmon jerky was the best item for lunch, followed closely by a banana.
Once rested and refreshed, we began our return hike to Woodruff Bridge. One highlight of the hike back was seeing a Pileated Woodpecker fly by and land on a tree within viewing distance. We have seen these very large woodpeckers a couple of times while hiking Roxy Ann, but never along the Rogue River.
Glenn & Carol