Upper Rogue - Woodruff Creek to Bridge to Nowhere 10-7-19

Photos by Bob and Linda

A surprisingly small turn out greeted us for this drop dead gorgeous hike. Perhaps the early morning chill made some leery. But the forecast did hold up after a brisk start in the 40s, we enjoyed temps in the 70s in our walk back down the Rogue after lunch.

And the Fall colors were spectacular from the Dogwoods and the Vine Maples. Red, gold, pink and yellow leaves bright in the sunlight shone across the river and reflected off the water as we headed up the trail. A bonus was the wide variety of mushrooms pushing their way up through the soil as a result of the recent rains in September.

We were a merry band of seven enjoying the Fall views and stopping often to capture the colors with our cameras. We also had more photo ops at Knob Falls and later at Viani Falls as we crossed the Bridge to Nowhere for our scenic lunch spot.

After lunch we added to our hike by taking the hilly loop trail an extra mile through the woods and coming out at the viewpoint for the Natural Bridge. The Rogue water level was lower though still powerful through the gorges. So we were able to see the bridge solid lava that the Native Americans used for thousands of years to move their families across the river as they followed the herds. The rushing water disappears into lava tubes and shoots out again down stream.

In all we did ten miles up and down the wild and scenic Rogue River. We stopped in Shady Cove on the way back and enjoyed Phil's Frosty ice cream outside at the picnic table.

It was a great day of enjoying the outdoors that unfortunately was slowed down by an accident south bound on I-5.

Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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