Upper Rogue - Union Creek to Woodruff Bridge 5-8-19

Photos by Dan and Francie

Today 10 hikers traveled to the Upper Rogue River to do a shuttle hike from the Union Creek Campground to Woodruff Bridge. We started along the river enjoying many Calypso Bulbosa, aka Fairy Slippers, a variety I had only previously seen at the Glide wildflower show, and Trillium flowers.

After hiking about 2.5 miles, we crossed a footbridge and continued on to the other side of the river where we had a little bit of elevation gain. Along the trail we saw more white Calypso Bulbosa.

We then continued on to the Natural Bridge area admiring the flowering dogwood trees along the way. The river was really moving and we learned that the flow rate at the Prospect gauging station was 1,520 cubic feet / second or 11,370 gallons / second. at 8:30 AM. That's enough to fill an Olympic size swimming pool in under a minute. We again crossed a footbridge and enjoyed lunch at a picnic table. All received a treat of some dark chocolate with cinnamon, cayenne and cherries featuring the Tamarin from the Endangered Species Chocolate company.

After lunch we continued along the river and took a detour to see Knob Falls at River Mile 183. Down on the rocks was a section of many Glacier Lilies. We then headed back uphill and I stated that we broke the no uphill after lunch rule. Dan acknowledged that fact but we didn't hear any complaints.

We headed back to our cars and then drove north to enjoy beer, onion rings, fries and pies at Beckie's Cafe.

Francie

Track download: Union Creek to Woodruff Bridge.gpx

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