Upper Rogue - Mill Creek Falls Scenic Area and Knob Falls 5-27-19

Photos by Bob, Jerry and Rich, Tracks by Jerry

John and I try to bring new hikes to the Monday group every year. This year so far we have added Wolf Gap on the Sterling Mine Ditch trail and Green Stone to Anderson Ridge trail on the developing Jack/Ash Trail system.

With the Rogue River being full to flooding this Spring, I thought it might be a good time to go check out some of our local water falls. Last Monday I took a small group of nine to view Mill Creek Falls and Barr Creek Falls just off Highway 62 past the 42 mile post. Both falls were full, roaring and spectacular to see. This was a fun side trip to our main hike from Union Creek to Natural Bridge featuring a new trail from Bridge to Nowhere up and around to Natural Bridge. It was a fun day that included 8 miles of hiking. But everyone was most excited about those two falls and asked when can we go back? So I changed the schedule to accommodate the interest and came up with four falls in six miles on Memorial Day.

The Mill Creek Falls scenic area includes Mill & Barr Creek Falls but also has the Avenue of Giant Boulders which features an ancient pile of huge boulders with the Rogue flowing through them. Also, a short drive up the road is a half mile hike to Pearsoney Falls. The fall is split by an island in the middle of the creek and the water tumbles over cliff and boulders. Great views at all locations and only two miles of trail so quick to experience and get on over to the Upper Rogue.

We got to the Natural Bridge parking lot at just past noon. And as the sun had come out we stripped off our rain gear and 18 of us gathered around a picnic table for lunch.

After lunch, we hiked from Natural Bridge to the Rogue Gorge and down by the river to view Knob Falls. Our fourth falls of the day! Gushing the power of the Rogue through the narrow gorge.

Carol Mockridge, our birder, was excited to see the American Deeper at both Knob and Pearsoney Falls. And Jerry got picture of a Deeper nest on the cliff above the river.

Everyone was happy about our day of great views and we were back to the cars by 2:30 so there was still time for other holiday activities. Carloads headed to Becky's Pies, Phil's Frosty, and NW Pizza to watch SOU softball win another playoff game!

Rich

 
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Z05 Barr Ck Falls - just a few yards beyond Mill Ck Falls.jpg
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Z15 Next - Our walk to Knob Falls on Upper Rogue Rv(@6MRound trip).jpg
Z15 Next - Our walk to Knob Falls on Upper Rogue Rv(@6MRound trip).jpg
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