Jack-Ash Trail - Greenstone TH to Anderson Ridge TH 4-29-19

Photos by Dan and Bob

 

After finally getting a hold of a decent map, John, Jerry and I scouted a new  section of the Jack-Ash trail last Thursday. We found the hike fantastic with spectacular views of a pristine valley and a great ridge trail with views of snow capped mountains. So we immediately added the hike to the Monday schedule. We decided to split the hike into two groups since we discovered in our scouting a bonus hike to the site of the old fire lookout.

Thirteen early risers made up the 8 am group. We caravaned out to Griffin Creek School in Jacksonville to pick up Leslie Hart on our way up to 4,100 feet elevation and the start of the Greenstone (Serpentine) Trail.

We hiked up an old abandoned rocky road that flattened out onto a grassy gore trail that wrapped around the gore
and up a series of switchbacks and into an old growth forest. After about 50 minutes on the trail we broke into sunlight on the ridge at 4,700 feet and breathtaking views of the mountains across the valley.

Next came our bonus hike up to the top of Anderson Butte at 5,100 feet and the site of the old fire lookout decommissioned since the 1960's. It would have had 360 degree views but for the evergreens that had grown up over the past 50 plus years. Still we had a spectacular view of snow covered Mt. Mc Loughlin.

The plan was to return the way we came back to the ridge top and meet John's 9 am group. But while following the path down we managed to miss our turn off and continued down to Anderson Butte Road. We now found ourselves scouting again and followed the road for about a mile to find our agreed lunch spot at the sign for Anderson Ridge Trail. All was well as we enjoyed a long relaxing lunch with views and chocolate as we waited for the 9 am group to join us.

Rich             

My salesmanship on this new hike seemed to have worked as 22 hikers participated. We split the group in two, with the 8 AM departure doing a detour to the Anderson Butte outlook, a former fire post, and the rest doing the ridge itself both ways.

The first group, led by Rich Stickle, continued at a higher elevation to the objective. My second group did an out and back in the open lower down. 

The views were magnificent and enjoyed by all. We took some extra time in the sun when the two groups met at the Anderson Ridge TH. A great day and the intention is to do this new hike 3 or 4 times a year. We will continue to scout the mountain for further hiking opportunities.

Most of us met at the Pumphouse in Talent for refreshments, which included superior fries.

John

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