Lower Layton Mine Ditch 4-10-23

Photos by Kay, Patricia and Randy

Track download from Randy: Lower Layton Mine Ditch 4-10-23.gpx

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Five of us left Ashland under sunny skies and met up with four more hikers in Jacksonville for our drive up Highway 238 and part two of the Layton Mine Ditch Trail.

The drive up the Applegate Valley featured green everywhere as Spring had finally arrived.

The 21 mile trail system mostly parallels a ditch from the 1860s used to transport water from Williams Creek to supply a hydro mining operation at Ferris Gulch.

The weather was calm and partly sunny with temps from the mid 50s to upper 60s! Because the earlier predictions of rain were pushed off until evening we decided surprise the group with a bonus hike to Medicine Mountain for a sunny lunch. The mountain is really a grassy knoll with wildflowers and views all around including Grayback Mountain and Sugar Loaf. Native Americans came to Medicine to meditate and practice good medicine.

We approached the lunch spot from the east using a service road and left on the LDT to loop back. 

On this day we covered about 7.5 miles with a gain of 670'.

another happy hike,