Wednesday Hike Schedule for May 2011

Last Revision 4/29/11

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

May 4: Upper Rogue River Trail - round trip from Woodruff Bridge to River Bridge (p.84 in 100 Hikes) - meet 8:30 am TH: Take Hwy 62 towards Crater Lake and make a left onto FS 68 about 7 miles beyond Prospect; continue 2 miles to the TH at Woodruff Bridge; EDT: 90 min. Description: Down and back on the Takelma Gorge section of the Rogue River between Woodruff Bridge and River Bridge.  The trail is relatively flat, but with ups and downs . Distance: 8 miles; elev gain: about 500 feet. RT mileage: 140 miles.

May 11: PCT from Greensprings Summit to Hobart Bluff (p. 130 in 101 Hikes) TH: Drive Hwy 66 14.5 miles to PCT crossing at Greensprings Summit. EDT: 45 min, Description: Follow the PCT for 3.3 mi through the woods and along the crest to the "Hobart Bluff Viewpoint" sign; turn right 0.3 mi to top of bluff; enjoy 360 degree views and lunch before returning the same way. Distance: 7.2 miles; elevation gain: 1,300 feet of climbing; RT mileage: 35 miles.

May 18: Union Creek Trail (p.88 in 100 Hikes) meet 8:30 am
TH: Take Hwy 62 east from Medford to Union Creek; EDT: 90 min
Description: This is a scenic, "generally level", 4-mile trail along a lovely brook. Distance: 8.2 miles; elevation gain: 500 ft. RT mileage: 150 miles.

May 25: Horse Camp Trail New Hike TH: Past Applegate Lake to T and left on Elliot Creek Road for 1.3 miles to the junction of FS 1040 and FS 1050.  Hard right on FS 1040 then 3.6 miles to TH on left.  EDT: 70 minutes.  Description: Climb through a shaded deciduous and mixed conifer forest past the Butte Fork landslide, Horse Camp and Echo Lake, toping out on the ridge at the PCT. Distance: 8 miles; elevation gain 3,000 feet.  RT mileage: 100 miles.