We had left our return to California route up in the air until the very last minute. After a quick morning coffee we took off on Highway 230 through the Rogue River National Forest. It wasn’t long before we pasted the Highway 62 entrance to Crater Lake.
On my map it looks like the headwaters of the Rogue River begin on the south face of Mt Bailey west of Diamond Lake. We saw it first just up stream of the Rogue River Gorge. (I’m just amazed to see so much water in September).
The Gorge is a stretch of the Rogue that cascades through a narrow channel of basalt lava. There is a cave on the west wall that is the end of a lava tube. I wonder is water ever flows through it now?
The Union Creek Resort would be a fun place to stay in this area.
There are several easy day hikes along the river.
Or chairs to spend an afternoon reading in the sun on the porch!
We were ahead of the fall leaves this trip, but did some some pretty dog woods near the Natural Bridge trail.
Also cool moss.
The maples in this forest have tiny leaves. More like what we use for landscape plants in our area.
We continued south on back roads through Prospect to Butte Falls, finally meeting Highway 140. Didn’t find the Brown Lava Flow, but it was a fun drive anyway!