Leave from the Safeway parking lot in Ashland at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen and rain gear as appropriate. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. 100 Hikes = 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, Second Edition
August 1: PCT - Wrangle Gap to Dutchman Peak - New Hike TH: Take Rapp Road, Wagner Creek Road and FS 22 up from Talent to the junction with FS 20. Head west on FS 20 3.8 miles to Wrangle Gap. EDT 75 minutes. Description: Follow the PCT west to the Sheep Camp Spring area and then head up to Dutchman Peak for 360 degree views. Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain: 1,200 feet. Weather Forecast. RT mileage 60 miles.
August 8 - 9: Overnight to the Steamboat Inn. New Experience - Hikers leaving Safeway at 7:30 AM. Head up I-5 on Wednesday morning to Roseburg exit 124 and then east on Highway 138 to milepost 16, just before Glide. Right on Little River Road (which becomes Road 27) for 19.2 paved miles and then 11.5 miles of gravel, following signs for Hemlock Lake (P. 23 in 100 Hikes). EDT: 3 hours. Do the 7.2 mile Hemlock Lake loop with lunch atop the Flat Rock lookout.
Detailed Hemlock Lake Directions - Near the lake all of the signs have been removed making it a bit tricky to find the lake
In: Distances start from the intersection 1 mile past Lake in the Woods
Right at the intersection, staying on NF 27
0.8 miles bear right, staying on NF 27
1.4 miles bear left, staying on NF 27
2.5 miles right, staying on NF 27
3.0 miles right to Hemlock Lake access road
Go past the lake to the TH at 3.7 miles
Out: Distances from the TH
0.7 miles to the unsigned intersection and make a left (north) on NF 27
1.4 miles left at the unsigned intersection staying on NF 27
3.0 miles left at the unsigned intersection staying on NF 27
3.8 miles right on FS 4714
8.1 miles right to OR-138
12.3 miles blacktop
At OR-138, left for 5 miles to Steamboat Inn
Overnight at Steamboat. Dinner at 7 PM, Breakfast at 8 AM. Hikers can order a sack lunch from the Inn.
On Thursday we are going to do 2 segments (the Panther and Mott segments) of the North Umpqua Trail. After breakfast we will shuttle the two hiker's cars to the Wright Creek TH, about 5 miles west of the Inn. The hikers will then be taken (by the genial non-hikers) from the Inn east about 5 miles to the Panther Creek TH. The hikers will proceed downriver and upon reaching the cars head for home. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 335 miles.
August 15: Seven Lakes Loop (p. 106 in 100 Hikes) Meet at 8:00 AM. TH: Up DIM to a left on NF-37. Take NF-37 to Highway 140, right for 0.2 miles to a left on the Butte Falls Fish Lake Road for 17.6 miles to Butte Falls. Right on the Butte Falls Prospect Road for 8.8 miles and Right on Lodgepole Road 34 for 8.5 miles. Straight on 37 for 0.4 miles and then veer right onto gravel Road 3780 for 4.1 miles to the TH. EDT 2 hours. We have not done this one since 2009. Nice loop through the woods past lakes and ponds with lunch atop a ridge overlooking the Seven Lakes Basin. Distance: 10 miles; climbing: 2,000'. Weather Forecast. RT mileage 150 miles.
August 22: Mount Bailey (p. 56 in 100 Hikes) - Meet 8:00 AM- TH:Take Hwy 62 to Union Creek, then branch left on Hwy 230. Approximately 2.2 miles past the Crater Rim Viewpoint rest area make a left onto Road 3703 for 4.6 miles and then bear right on NF 450 for 0.7 miles to the TH. EDT: 2 hr Description: We are going to avoid the rough road to the upper TH this year by taking the west side open woods ascent of about 6 miles and 2,800'. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 190 mi.
August 29: Kayak the Rogue River from Hog Creek to Grave Creek - New Experience - Meet at 7:30 AM. We will drive to the Orange Torpedo Trips office in Merlin where they will outfit us with life jackets and then transport us and the kayaks to the put in at Hog Creek. We will then kayak 14.3 miles downstream to the take out at Grave Creek, through Hellgate Canyon and over class I and class II rapids. Cost is $31 per inflatable kayak plus $55 for the shuttle which will be divided by the number of kayakers. This trip is self guided and does not include lunch, so you will need to bring your own lunch. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 100 miles.