Combo Hike to Pearsony Falls and the Upper Rogue River 5-12-21

Photos by Bob and Darryl

The third try proved to be the charm, as the trail to Pearsony Falls was finally open after weeks of closure due to a forest thinning project. Eight Monday hikers were treated to another new combo hike to the falls and along the Upper Rogue.

Pearsony Falls is a convenient stop before any hike on the Upper Rogue. In just 2 miles roundtrip you can see the dazzling split falls, then continue on the trail to an overlook into the canyon where you'll see the Rogue Falls and the Giant Boulders, then keep going to your left along the canyon path until you reach the top of Mill Creek Falls.

And this time of year you'll see wildflowers and blooming Dogwoods along the trail. I was surprised that many in our group hadn't seen Pearsony or hadn't ventured down the trail past the falls. I'm glad when I can show our hikers something new.

After that short visit, we drove up Highway 62 to the dirt lot on the westside of Becky's for our walk down Union Creek. As the noon hour had arrived, we stopped for lunch at a shady spot next to the creek.

With temps in the 60s, we had a comfortable sojourn down Union Creek and then the Rogue stopping to cross the Bridge to Nowhere for photo opps of Viani Falls before continuing to Natural Bridge and the lava tubes. Along the way, we had shade provided by the big trees and occasional canopies of Vine Maples.

The combination hike covered 10 miles, with just 300' of gain. We did have some tired but happy hikers back at the parking.

It was a most enjoyable day with the splendor of Spring growth, the power of rushing water, and the company of good friends on the trail.

Next Monday will be a New Hike (6 miles) in the Soda Mountain Wilderness around the old Box O Ranch.

All are welcomed to join us.

Rich Stickle

Ashland Hiking Home

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