Fall Color, Natural Bridge, Gorge and Waterfalls of the Rogue and Umpqua Rivers
A sunny fall day is a great time to visit some of the rivers in Southern Oregon to see some of the unique water
features found here. All within a days drive and short hikes, these are just a few of the interesting places to go to.
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The map at left show the path along the Rogue River near Union Creek Northeast of Medford, Oregon. The path crosses a bridge over
the Rogue River and provides an up and down river view.
Lava tubes are common in this volcanic area.
As the sign explains, the bridge is another lava tube. At right, is the exit the
river takes from the tube.
The three shots at left are of the exit from different view points. In the fall, the volume of water is low, but in spring, water will flow over the top of
the bridge shown in the third picture. But this time of year, all the water dives into the ground on the up river side of the bridge, far right photo.
Next is the Rogue River Gorge just up stream of the Natural Bridge. Just few feet wide in places, it is nearly all white water as the
river loses a lot of elevation here.
Further up stream, plenty of logs hang up on the rocks. Many will be moved downstream during high water times in late winter and spring.  
The photo at right shows holes or pots that are ground out by rocks swirling in the high water.
At left, is Mt. Thielsen in the high Cascades near Diamond Lake. The highway crosses the divide between the Rogue River drainage and
the Umpqua River system. Near the lower part of the North Umpqua River is Toketee Falls. The sign explains that the 12 foot diameter
redwood flume in the right two photos is part of a hydroelectric project from 1949. Notice the water spraying from small holes in wood.
Two more photos of the flume and fall colors near the trail head at left and more fall color along the trail.
More fall colors along the trail.
View points along North Umpqua River trail to Toketee Falls.
More fall color and the trail to the viewing platform, and Toketee Falls falls at right.
A couple more shots of Toketee Falls with different camera settings.
The Clearwater River Falls is more like rapids than falls and is a very short distance from the Umpqua River.
Two photos on the left are just downstream of the falls. A big leaf maple in full fall color. And last is a sign
of the scenic route and where more water falls and other scenic stuff can be found.
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