Wednesday Hike Schedule for November 2011

Last Revision 11/21/11

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Leave from the Safeway parking lot in Ashland at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen and rain gear as appropriate. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. 100 Hikes = 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, Second Edition

November 2:  Sky Lakes from the Cold Springs Trailhead (p 118 in 100 Hikes) New Hike  TH: Take DIM to 140, right (east) for 3.2 miles and then left (north) on 3651 for 10.1 miles to the TH. EDT 75 minutes.  Description: Loop trail into the Sky Lakes Wilderness passing a half dozen lakes.  Distance: 7 miles, elevation gain 500 feet. RT mileage: 110 miles.

November 9:  Briggs Creek New Hike (p. 184 in 100 Hikes)  Meet at 8:00 AM TH: I-5 to the Merlin exit and then 8.5 miles towards Galice.  Left on Briggs Valley Road 25 for 13.4 miles.  After Big Pine Campground turn right on Road 2512 for 0.3 mile then left into the Sam Brown Campground and park near the two picnic shelters.  EDT 90 minutes. Description: Starting at an old mining ghost town follow the trail along the mountain stream past active mining claims and old hydraulic mines and a flume ditch through old-growth forest to a burned out miner's cabin.  There are 3 creek crossings on fallen tree trunks. Distance 10 miles.  1,700' elevation gain. RT mileage 150 miles

November 16: Stein Butte New Hike (p. 149 in 100 Hikes) TH: Past Applegate Lake to the T, left on Applegate Road for 0.9 mile to leave the shuttle car at the parking area for the Seattle Bar TH. Continue on Elliot Creek Road for 0.3 miles to the large gravel intersection and then continue straight on Road 1050 for 2.8 miles to the New London TH.  EDT 60 minutes.  Description: We are going to try the other trail up to Stein Butte this year - shorter, but steeper, returning on the trail we took up last year.  Steady up to the Stein Butte summit, site of an old fire lookout. Distance 8 miles.  2,400' elevation gain.  Weather Forecast. RT mileage 100 miles.

November 23: Upper Rogue: Hersberger Bridge to Natural Bridge -Meet at 8:30 am. TH: Take Highway 62 East from Medford towards Crater Lake; on the way, leave a shuttle car at the Natural Bridge picnic area. At the Highway 62 / Highway 230 junction continue straight on Highway 230 for 0.9 miles to the first left on Hersberger Road, cross the Rogue River and proceed 0.6 mile to the TH on Hersberger Road.  EDT: 90 min. Description: Take the Rogue River Trail (1034) down the North and West side of the Rogue River to the Natural Bridge campground. Lots of big old trees on this hike. We rescheduled this hike from the spring due to the heavy snow melt which would have made fording Flat Creek a bit dicey. Distance: 8 miles; elevation gain: mostly downhill. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles.

November 30: Maple Falls (p. 45 in Best Hikes of the Marble and Russian Wilderness Areas) Meet at 8:30 AM.  TH: Take I-5 to Yreka and follow Highway 3 to Fort Jones. Right on the Scott River Road for 17 miles. Past the Kelsey Guard Station and just before Bridge Flat the road crosses the Scott River. Immediately past the bridge go left on Kelsey Creek Road for 1/2 mile. Do not cross the second bridge but continue straight past the house to the roomy trailhead. EDT 90 minutes. Description: The Kelsey Trail was built by the army in the middle 1800s as a supply line from Crescent City to Ft. Jones. Follow Kelsey Creek to Maple Falls. Let's try and find the side trail to the top of the falls this year. Distance 8 miles; climbing 2,200'. Weather Forecast. RT mileage 150 miles.