Hike Schedule for February 2010

Leave from Safeway parking lot in Ashland at 9:00 am. Bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen and rain gear. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. 100 Hikes = 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, 1st edition; page numbers different in 2nd edition
Coordinator: Alex Maksymowicz: 482-1964; maksbox1@gmail.com

February 3: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail (Tunnel Ridge-Bear Gulch loop)
TH: Follow route 238 thru Jacksonville to Ruch; turn left onto Upper Applegate Rd 2.9 miles; turn left on Little Applegate Rd 9.7 mi to Tunnel Ridge TH; EDT: 75 min Description: Climb up to the Ditch, then turn left and follow the Ditch trail to the Bear Gulch trail; turn left again and descend to the Bear Gulch TH; turn left on walk along the road about 0.5 miles to starting point
Distance: 5 miles; elev. gain: 800 ft. RT mileage: 70 mi

February 10: Little Grayback Trail
TH: From Ruch travel south on Upper Applegate Rd to Applegate Dam; follow the road across the dam for 1.5 mi; turn left for 2 mi to French Gulch divide TH; EDT: 60 min.
Description: steady climb across the southern slopes of Little Grayback Mt toward Squaw Peak; return the same way; watch out for graybacks (ticks)
Distance: about 7 mile; elev. gain: about 1000 ft; RT mileage: 100 miles

February 17: Buck Praire - Snowshoe Trip (snow conditions permitting)
TH: Take DIM about 18 mi to Buck Prairie Snow Park; EDT: 30 min; RT mileage: 40 mi
Description: follow Buck Prairie Rd a reasonable distance past the viewpoint at 1.7 mi; return the same way or complete a loop via Bullwinkle's Run, Wayback, and Peabody's cross-country ski trails
Distance: 4-5 mi; elev. gain: 750 ft.  RT mileage: 40 miles

February 24: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail: south from Deming Gulch
TH: Proceed west from Phoenix to Sterling Creek Rd; turn left (south) for 7.3 mi; turn left on Deming Gulch Rd for 0.7 mi to Deming Gulch TH; EDT: 60 min
Description: Follow the Sterling Mine Ditch trail till lunch time, then retrace route. Be prepared for poison oak - bring Tecnu.
Distance: 8-10 miles; elev gain: 500 ft (my estimate). RT mileage: 65 mi


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