Upper Rogue - Union Creek to Below Natural Bridge 5-15-17

It was a perfect day for hiking and the water was very high in the Rogue. We decided to leave a shuttle car at the Natural Bridge, although the entrance was barred at Highway 62. Then we parked at Union Creek and made our way towards natural Bridge, a little over 4 miles. There was no deadfall but the dogwoods were late in blooming so no flowers to speak of. The Creek and later the Rogue were full and fast. In places the Creek was more like a raging river. The shuttle eliminated the need to back track and gave us time to visit the gorge on the Woodruff trail. 

We stuck to the shoreline instead of following the trail and found ourselves standing on top of the river at the Natural Bridge. We were on the Natural Bridge. Afterwards we climbed under and over the fence to get to the Natural Bridge, only to have someone find a place where the fence was wide open. 

After a Natural Bridge tour and lunch we continued along the river a mile or two to the gorge halfway down to Woodruff Bridge. Most of us clambered down to be near the water to take pictures. The drivers scooted back to Highway 62 and on to Union Creek to pick up the cars. Because the barrier was down at the Natural Bridge entrance  the hikers earned extra credit for the mile out to the highway. 9.2 miles in all for our 13 hikers. 

A good time was had by all on a sunny day with the best of scenic wonders. We spilt up with half the hikers heading straight home and the rest of us hitting the Pizza Schmizza in Eagle Point for a beer and fries. 

Ashland Hiking Home

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