Taklema Gorge
Hiking the upper Rogue River Hiking Trail

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The river isn't always that peaceful

Brad never wants to hike a trail longer than 4 - 5 miles. Since we live about 100 miles from the Rogue River, we don't take two cars. So, when we did this hike, we did it in two segments. On the first try we began at the Natural Bridge trailhead. From there we walked to Takelma Gorge. We came back the next week and this time began at River Bridge Campground, and again we walked to Takelma Gorge. We found different views each time, but not that different. The days were golden when we made the hike. It was glorious.

Forward ~ Woodruff Bridge picnic area at the trailhead for the upper Rogue wild and scenic river hiking trail to Takelma Gorge.

Back ~ Takelma Gorge on the other side of the bend.

USFS: Rogue River Siskiyou National Forest in Oregon.

Poison Oak can be a problem at these elevations. Want to see a picture. Indeed, I took this picture not far from here, at the viewpoint for Mill Creek and Barr Creek Waterfalls!

The trail turns with the river. We made the bend, coming round the other side and this is what we saw. Obviously, the river isn't always as calm as it appeared on the golden autumn day when we made the hike.

Below Takelma Gorge, the river widens and flows calmly past the Union Rogue Baptist Church Camp, while the trail returns to pumice flats along the river. Raptors, such as the shy goshawk, can be seen on this section of the river. The trail ends at the River Bridge Campground on Forest Service road 6210.

From Prospect drive north on the Crater Lake Hwy, Oregon Hwy. 62 until you see the sign for the Woodruff Bridge Picnic Area. If you're heading north when you see it, turn left. If you're heading south, turn right. The trailhead is easy to find at Woodruff Bridge Picnic Area.

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Autumn hiking on the upper Rogue wild and scenic river hiking trail in Oregon, pictured to the right.

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A winter walk along the river at Gathering Light,
pictured to the left.