Friday Hike Schedule for November 2012

Last Revision 11/14/12


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, 3rd edition.
Co-leaders: Alex Maksymowicz: 541-482-1964; Lynn Clegg: 541-552-9045

November 2: Takelma Gorge (Upper Rogue River Trail) RT (p.90 in 101 Hikes)—leave at 8:30 am
TH: Drive Hwy 62 to Woodruff Bridge.  EDT: 90 min
Description: walk along the Rogue River thru Takelma Gorge from Woodruff Bridge to the Rogue Baptist camp; return the same way; trail is rough in places due to lava rocks; a hiking stick is very useful on a very steep, short stretch of trail. This is a good time and place to look for chanterelles.
Distance: 6 mi; elev gain: 500 ft.  Weather forecast. RT mileage: 130 mi

November 9: Bear Creek Greenway from Ashland to Talent
TH: Safeway parking lot; EDT: zero;
Description: starting out at Safeway, take city streets to Ashland Dog Park, then follow Bear Creek Greenway to Talent (Valleyview Rd); take the RVTD bus back to Ashland (buses leave Talent at 18 and 48 min after the hour; cost for seniors: $1, more for regular folk).  We can eat lunch at a restaurant either in Talent or after our return to Ashland.
Distance: 7 mi; elev gain: 200 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 0 mi

November 16: Enchanted Forest Trail (Applegate Valley) Hike & Wine
TH: From Jacksonville, take Hwy 238 15 mi and go straight onto North Applegate Rd where Hwy 238 turns left to cross the Applegate River; continue 4.6 mi; bear right onto Kubli Rd; after 200 yds turn right onto Slagle Creek Rd for 1 mile to Wooldridge Creek Winery.  EDT: 60 min
Description: walk through the vineyard and take the newly laid out Ted’s trail to the spur trail that leads to the Enchanted Forest trail; turn right and follow the Enchanted Forest trail uphill, then downhill to Slagle Creek Rd; walk 0.5 miles along the road back to the Winery for lunch and fermented grape juice.
Distance: 5 mi; elev gain: 1700 ft.  Weather forecast. RT mileage: 80 miles

November 23: Lost Creek Lake (west shore) (p. 88 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Take Hwy 62 to Lost Creek Lake; just before the dam, turn left onto Takelma Rd at “Fish Hatchery” sign; drive to end of road and continue on gravel road to Takelma Park Rd (about 1 mile past the turnoff to the boat ramp); EDT: 75 min
Description: drop down to the Lost Creek Lake trail and follow it to our usual lunch bench; return the same way
Distance: 5.5 mi;  elev gain: 600 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 100 mi

November 30: Applegate Lake Loop (p. 157 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Take Hwy 238 from Jacksonville area to Ruch (8 mi); take Upper Applegate Rd 15 mi to Applegate Dam; drive left across dam to French Gulch TH (1.2 mi); EDT: 60 min
Description: Make a loop on the Applegate Lake Trail system.
Distance: 6.4 mi; elevation gain: about 500 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 80 mi