Upper Rogue - Union Creek to Natural Bridge RT 5-20-19

With an en route Visit to Mill Creek and Barr Creek Falls

Photos by Alice, Bob and Steve

Nine hikers turned out for the 150 mile RT to  the Upper Rogue under threatening skies. Our first adventure was trying out the recently opened expressway bypass on Highway 62. We found it to be an excellent way to avoid the slow traffic in the shopping area.

Next was our "Fun Adjustment" at the 42 mile post. Where we turned off Highway 62 to view Mill Creek Falls and Barr Creek Falls. The group was dazzled by the full falls that plunged 173' and 242' respectively. We had ample photo ops along the trail of both falls. Our group loved the falls and can't wait to spend more time there. Besides the two falls there's also, Pearsony Falls and Avenue of the Boulders to explore.

After that we headed 13 miles up Highway 62 to the Union Creek TH. The trail was bright with flowering Dogwoods, sprouting wildflowers and sunlight through the leaves. Along the way, we met two past AHG hikers Barbara Settles and Bernadette La Londe.

We crossed the river at the Bridge to Nowhere and took the Rogue River trail up and around to the far side of the Natural Bridge viewing area. The river was spectacular as it rushed through lava tubes and down the tight channel. 

We had a relaxed lunch at a picnic table off the Natural Bridge parking lot, then headed back up the 3.5 miles to Becky's for pie.

It was a glorious day!

Rich

 

 Mill Creek Falls Video by Steve

Ashland Hiking Home

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