Friday Hike Schedule for October 2012

Last Revision 9/27/12


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

October 5: Union Creek Falls Trail (p.94 in 100 Hikes)leave at 8:30 am
TH: Take Hwy 62 east from Medford to Union Creek; trail starts behind the cabins in Union Creek Resort (on the other side of the road from Becky’s). EDT: 90 min
Description: This is a scenic, generally level trail along a lovely brook.
Weather forecast.
Distance: 8.4 mi; elevation gain: 630 ft.  RT mileage: 150 mi

October 12: Lower Rogue River Trail: Graves Ck to Whiskey Ck Cabin RT (p. 199 in 100 Hikes)leave at 8:30 am
TH: Take I-5 north to Merlin (Exit 60); drive thru Merlin and follow Galice Rd 19 mi to far side of Grave Creek bridge; turn left downhill to boat ramp and TH; EDT: 90 min
Description: Follow north rim of Rogue River canyon past Rainie Falls to Whiskey Creek; take short spur trail to Whiskey Creek cabin for lunch; return same way; spectacular scenery, but trail is a little rough in places.
Weather forecast.
Distance: 7.6 mi; elev. gain: 1270 ft.  RT mileage: 140 mi

October 19: Upper Rogue River Tr: Union Ck to Woodruff Br (p. 92 in 100 Hikes)leave at 8:30 am
TH: Hwy 62 to Union Creek; leave shuttle car at Woodruff Bridge on the way. EDT: 105 min
Description: from the Rogue River Gorge overlook follow the river downstream to Woodruff Bridge.  Hopefully, the vine maples and dogwoods will provide spectacular fall color. 
Weather forecast.
Distance: 7.5 mi; elev gain: 100 ft.  RT mileage: 150 mi

October 26: PCT from Old Hwy 99 to Pilot Rock Road
TH: Take I-5 south and get off at exit 6 (Mt Ashland); drive about 1 mi on Old Hwy 99 to PCT heading north (towards Pilot Rock).  EDT: 30 min
Description: walk along the PCT thru varied habitats to its intersection with Pilot Rock Rd; return the same way or walk down the road to Old Hwy 99, then make a right and walk uphill to the TH.
Weather forecast.
Distance: 6 mi; elev gain: 750 ft