Upper Rogue - Union Creek to Natural Bridge 9-7-20

Photos by Bob, Darryl and Rich

Once again we had to postpone our planned hike in California due to too much smoke; and once again the beautiful Upper Rogue River gave us a wonderful hiking experience. The forecast carried a risk, clear and sunny in the morning, but becoming windy with possible gusts to 50 mph in the afternoon.

With fingers crossed, we decided to lead our caravan of three cars up Highway 62. Most of the smoke cleared as we drove out of the Rogue Valley. We drove to the Rogue River Gorge viewpoint just past Becky's to start today's hike. After walking the paved path to the four views of the Gorge, we turned our attention to finding a trail that would lead us down the Rogue to Union Creek.

John and Darryl found the path on the posted map and off we went on an untested path. Though a bit rocky at first it turned into a gentle and shaded trail that took us along the Rogue and around a peninsula to Union Creek on the other side. Then we crossed a bridge and headed downstream to the end of Union Creek and continued down the Rogue to the Natural Bridge viewing area. It was 4 miles down and 4 miles back. We had lunch on a long fallen log off the path at the Natural Bridge.

We saw quite a few day hikers and campers, this being the end of the long Labor Day weekend.

Elisabeth's visiting brother John joined us from San Francisco. And Margita La Grotta is getting back into our Ashland Hiking routine and enjoyed stopping at Becky's pick up window to take home some boxed pieces of pie.

The weather remained clear and calm and we had a beautiful day on the Rogue.

Happy Trails,
Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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