The Other Rogue River Gorge

When people speak of the Rogue River Gorge, they mean usually the Gorge at Union Creek.  The forestry service certainly thinks so, because they have maps and special ramps for vista points.  However, there is another Gorge, which crosses Mill Creek Drive just south of Prospect, that is equally exciting.  Years ago, this Gorge could be explored off of both sides of the road.  But, eventually,  land adjacent to the Gorge on the north side was sold to private owners, so visitors congregate in the inviting woods on the south side.  The bridge, though, remains, and still offers spectacular views of the Gorge and its canyon wall laced with boulders.  It is hard to believe that over 100 years ago, a covered bridge was all that prevented travelers from tumbling into the Gorge.  “Old-timers”  affirm that there were accidents.  But they also affirm the sense of awe travelers felt when crossing this tumultuous chasm.  The brief video below offers a view of the Gorge in 1958 when there was considerable water pouring down the drop.

Perched On Top Of Rabbit Ears: An Unforgettable Experience

On the Diamond Lake Road about a few miles above the town of Union Creek, Bybee Creek flows into the North Fork of the Rogue River.  The site is a picturesque one, with the clear river plunging over turbulent drops that one can see easily from the car.  Just before the confluence of the two streams there is an unmarked road, which heads northeast.  At one time there was a sign indicating eight miles to Rabbit Ears and eleven miles to Hershberger Lookout.  For some reason it was removed;  perhaps the road was dangerous and there may have been accidents.  The ascent to Rabbit Ears begins on a dirt road, which becomes narrower and more full of rocks the closer it approaches its destiny.  The road is steep, and a jeep or pickup is recommended, because of the roughness of the road.  When at last you arrive, you find you’re at the base of Rabbit Ears with sheer precipices on either side of you.  When I got out of my vehicle, a feeling of vertigo was so strong that I had to kneel on the ground to keep my balance.  The view, however, is quite extraordinary, since you have panoramic views on either side.  But I must admit that, although I was glad to take the journey, I would never do it again!