Upper Rogue - Woodruff Bridge to Prospect 5-23-18

Photos by Dan, Francie and Keeley


Takelma Gorge

Seven of us headed to the Upper Rogue to finish hiking this fun trail down the upper Rogue River.  We hiked with many dogwood trees in bloom, but not quite as spectacular as last week.  As Nanci C. pointed out to me - the white flowers look brighter on an overcast day than in full sunlight.  Oh well - it still was a wonderful day. 

Takelma Gorge was spectacular and the river was in spring flow gear.  This trail is downhill overall, but as you hike along the trail, it is anything but flat.  Lots of ups and downs, along with much rock to be stepped over and around.  The greenery has done spectacularly well this spring with the trail being fairly overgrown between the Woodruff Bridge trailhead and Takelma Gorge as well as the first couple of miles south from River Bridge.

We took our lunch in the shade of the bridge at River Bridge.  Big puffy clouds, temperatures in the mid 70’s and perfect background sounds from the river flowing by us while we ate lunch. We did see lots of flowers, but most of them were small in size, not the big splash that other areas exhibit.

After finishing lunch, we headed down to the dam at Prospect, completed the shuttle and undertook the challenge of eating ice cream at Phil’s Frosty in Shady Cove.  This was a first for some of us in the Wednesday group, but it just seemed like the right thing to do. 

Keeley Kirkendall

Track download: Woodruff to Prospect 5-24-18.GPX

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