The charm of the Union Creek Trail lies in the diverse beauty of Union Creek and the Douglas-fir forest through which it flows. This route will appeal to both fishermen and hikers.
Upstream from Hwy. 62, Union Creek winds along an ever changing channel. Some sections have become dry due to diversion of water caused by the numerous logjams in the creek bed. Logjams can result from timber harvesting, beaver dams, windthrow, and undercutting of tree roots by the stream. Majestic examples of old-growth Douglas-fir and an abundant variety of flowering herbs and shrubs line the trail. Further upstream, the creek bank is well defined by moss-covered volcanic rock.
About three miles from the highway, the trail offers a beautiful view of Union Falls just before turning north for a half mile trek in the forest to the upper trailhead. The trail ends on Forest Road #610, a half mile from its junction with Hwy. 62
Directions: From Prospect, Travel northeast on Highway #62 for approximately 10 miles until you reach the Union Creek Campground. Beginning at the footbridge crossing Union Creek at its confluence with the Rogue River, the trail runs through Union Creek Campground, paralleling Union Creek, crossing Highway #62 at the resort, and continuing on the north bank just past the resort area.
Elevation: 3,500 feet
Distance: 4.4 miles
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