Rogue Gorge Trail (Union Creek, Oregon) 15-Nov-2018

We hiked our first Rogue River-related trail (to Boundary Springs) in 2012. Over the next six years, we hiked all of the other river-related trails between the springs and the ocean, culminating (we thought) with the Lower Rogue River Trail this year. Having thus declared victory, we were chagrined :/  to find we’d missed one. Map-gazing revealed the Rogue Gorge Trail (USFS #1034A), which links the Rogue Gorge Viewpoint to the north with the Natural Bridge Viewpoint to the south. This slight required remedy! >:D So, taking advantage of the excellent autumn hiking weather (which needs to give way soon to rain and snow), we started at the #1034A’s north end and wound our way along the river, past several placid sections, to where it’s waters are noisily constricted into a basalt channel above a footbridge. We continued on to the Natural Bridge Viewpoint, checked-out the lava tube, and then made our way north on the #1034 to the footbridge and crossed over to the #1034A. Here the thought of pie overwhelmed us and we left the trail to make a beeline on back roads (which serve the riverside cabins) directly to the café. Once there, we declared victory (again) with lunch and pie! 😀

Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
A cold start at the Rogue Gorge Viewpoint
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
Morning on the Rogue
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
Old-growth trees along the trail
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
One of the small beaches along this stretch of the river
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
Along the river
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
The bridge over Union Creek
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
Slack water
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
It was a sunny, but not warm, day for a hike
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
The river begins its plunges into a narrow channel in the basalt
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
Constricted!
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
The river has polished the basalt to a glassy smoothness
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
This footbridge connects the Upper Rogue River and Rogue Gorge Trails
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
The river flows toward Natural Bridge
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
The river below Natural Bridge
Rogue Gorge Trail Union Creek Oregon
Our track along the #1034A and the diversion for pie

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