Wednesday Hike Schedule for November 2012

Last Revision 11/9/12


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, Second Edition

November 7: Mt. Ashland to Wagner Butte New Hike - Meet at 8:00 AM TH: take Mt. Ashland Road / FS 20 about 0.8 miles past the Grouse Gap turn. Park on the abandoned jeep road going up on the right. EDT: 60 minutes. Description: A whole new way to get to Wagner Butte and a last chance at the high elevations before winter. Starting at the base of McDonald Peak follow the Split Rock trail along the ridge line up and down and over and around McDonald Peak and Split Rock over to Wagner Glade Gap where we pick up the trail to the Wagner Butte lookout. It's partly trail and partly cross-country through open forest along the ridge where the old trail is no longer discernible. The views on this hike are spectacular. Distance: 10 miles RT; It is up and down both ways; total climbing about 1,500 feet. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 50 miles.

November 14: Lost Creek Lake (North Shore) (p.82 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Drive across the high bridge on the north side of Lost Creek Lake and make an immediate left on Lewis Road and continue for 1 mile to the TH; EDT: 60 minutes. Description: "generally level", pretty trail through the woods along the north shore of Lost Creek Lake past the spur to the Blue Grotto and on to our usual lunch spot at the bench below a rock outcrop overlooking the lake; return the same way. Distance: about 10 miles RT; 900 feet of up. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 100 miles.

November 21: Mule Mountain Trail to Baldy Peak (Applegate Valley) (p.228 in 100 Hikes) Hike leader Margita LaGrotta. TH: Head south from Jacksonville on Highway 238 and make a left ar Ruch onto Upper Applegate Road. The TH is on the left hand side of Upper Applegate Road, just past the 12 mile marker (5.5 miles beyond the Star Ranger Station); park off pavement wherever you can; EDT: 60 minutes Description: Lovely trail that winds its way unremittingly up the hillsides above the Applegate Valley. Distance: 8 miles RT; elev gain: 3,000 feet. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 70 miles.

November 28: PCT from Greensprings Summit to Hobart Bluff (p. 130 in 101 Hikes) TH: Drive Highway 66 14.5 miles to PCT crossing at Greensprings Summit. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: Follow the PCT for 3.3 miles through the woods and along the crest to the "Hobart Bluff Viewpoint" sign; turn right 0.3 miles to top of bluff; enjoy 360 degree views and lunch before returning the same way. Distance: 7+ miles; elevation gain: 2,000 feet of climbing; Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 35 miles.