Wednesday Hike Schedule for August 2011

Last Revision 8/25/11


Leave from Safeway parking lot in Ashland at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. 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, Second Edition

August 3: Abbott Butte (p. 89 in 100 Hikes) New Hike - Meet at 8:00 AM TH: Take Highway 62 towards Crater Lake. Just past the Mile 51 marker make a left onto Abbott Creek Road (the sign on Highway 62 says Woodruff Campground). Cross the river and at mile 2.7 (from the Highway 62 turn) make a right onto Woodruff Creek Road. Continue following Woodruff Creek Road (NF-700) through several intersections to the Yellow Jacket TH on the right at mile 10.1. The last 5 miles or so are gravel with the occasional pothole. High clearance vehicles recommended. EDT: 2 hours. Description: Follow the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail (#1470) up and across the ridge to Elephant Head Lake and then on up over Cougar Butte to connect with the abandoned road to the top of Abbott Butte. Return the same way. RT distance is 8 miles with 2,500' of climbing. Lots of wildflowers this year. RT mileage: 150 miles.

August 10: PCT from Siskiyou Gap to Wrangle Gap. TH: From Talent take Rapp Rd and Wagner Creek Rd 7.6 mi to junction with FS 22; follow FS 22 to junction with FS 20; follow FS 20 for 1/2 mile west to PCT crossing at Siskiyou Gap. Description: Follow the PCT west around Big Red to Wrangle Gap.  Summit Big Red for lunch and then return via the road.  Distance 7 miles, 2,000' of climbing.  RT mileage: 50 miles.

Sunday - August 14: Potluck - 6 PM Jim and Betty Van Trump

August 17: 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 and then head to the appropriate TH.  EDT: 2 hr Description: Route to the top to be selected by the team; west side open woods ascent of about 6 miles and 2,800', upper trailhead 7 miles and 2,800' but with a rough road or lower trailhead 10 miles and 3,500'. We are going to use the upper trailhead this year. If the road is bad we may have to walk a bit on the road. RT mileage: 190 mi.

August 24: Azalea Lake Pass above Azalea Lake New Hike (Red Buttes Wilderness - p. 154 in 100 Hikes) Meet at 8:00 AM TH: Go past the Applegate store, cross the bridge and follow the detailed instructions in 100 Hikes. EDT: 2 hours. Description: The Azalea Lake Trail may be the most scenic pathway into the Red Buttes Wilderness. The trail moves through a mix of timber and brush for about 1.5 miles and crosses the Oregon/California state line just before reaching Fir Glade, a large meadow near the wilderness boundary that's filled with brightly colored wildflowers. Inside the wilderness, the trail heads south along the side of a long ridge above the Middle Fork of the Applegate River and passes through stands of timber, open country and brush fields. Continue along the trail as it climbs to the turn around point at Azalea Lake Pass (6,000 feet). Distance 10 mi.; elevation gain: 2,000'. RT mileage: 120 miles.

August 31:New Hike PCT from Cook & Green Pass to Lilly Pad Lake (p. 150 in 100 Hikes) Meet at 8:00 AM -TH: Past Applegate Lake to the T. Left on Elliot Creek Road / NF-1050 for 2.1 miles. Right on NF-1055 for 9.8 miles to the TH at Cook & Green Pass. High clearance vehicles recommended. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: We are going to take a look at this new (to us) section of the PCT. Follow the PCT west along the crest with views of the Red Buttes, Mt. Shasta and the Klamath River Basin along with the Marble Mountains. Return via the old mining road and Bee Camp Spring. Distance: 8 miles; elevation gain about 1,100 feet. RT mileage: 110 miles.