Toothpick to Oredson Todd Woods 11-27-17

Photos and Track by Bob

A rainy start to the day did not deter an enthusiastic crowd of Monday hikers. As rain fell in the Rite Aid parking lot two new hikers filled out the waiver forms, while greetings were made all around for Lisa and Jon and for Sunny and Carol just back from touring Japan. Fifteen joined a caravan of four cars to our first stop at the trail head for Oredson Todd Woods. There we left a shuttle car and headed another couple of miles up Tolman Creek Rd to start our hike up to the Toothpick trail. We also picked up a couple more hikers as Dan and Leslie joined us at the beginning of the hike.

While scouting the hike last Friday, I thought of a way to make the hike more interesting for the group. After studying the map at the top of the toothpick it seemed that you could get to Oredson Todd Woods if you followed all the connecting trails. My guesstimate was 6-7 miles and if the weather cooperated it seemed doable. So we set out up through Dr.Epstein's property and connected with the Toothpick. At the top after water and taking off rain gear we continued up the Caterpillar trail, crossing Ashland Loop Rd and up to the Queen of Hearts loop where we had our lunch and enjoyed some brief sunlight and chocolate.

After lunch we started down the White Rabbit trail 2.3 miles to Oredson Todd Woods. The group was in excellent spirits all morning long so most of us decided to continue our merriment at Caldera for beer and fries.

The GPS said our hike up Toothpick and Caterpillar and down White Rabbit into the O T Woods was just 4.9 miles and we'd be happy to do the hike again during wild flower season.

Rich Stickle
Hike Leader

Ashland Hiking Home

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