Leave from Safeway parking lot in Ashland promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sun-screen and rain gear. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; RT = round trip; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. 100 Hikes is 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, 3rd edition
Leader: Alex Maksymowicz: 541-482-1964. Website: http://ashlandhiking.org/
November 1: Emigrant Lake Loop. Leader: Lynn Clegg
TH: Drive Hwy. 66 a short distance past the entrance to Emigrant Lake County Park and turn left on the dirt road to the parking lot for the old pioneer cemetery. EDT: 15 min.
Description: Walk along the lakeshore across the dam and through the park as far as you can go; retrace steps until across the spillway; go right onto the trail above the stream to the roads that leads back to Hwy. 66; turn left onto Hwy. 66, then left again onto the road leading into the park; cross the dam and follow the trail back to the cemetery.
Distance: 5 miles; elev. gain: 200 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 20 miles.
November 8: Takelma Gorge (Upper Rogue Trail) RT (p.90 in 101 Hikes) - leave at 8:30
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 miles; elev. gain: 500 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 130 miles.
November 15: Lost Creek Lake (west shore) RT (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 paved 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, turn left, and follow it to our usual lunch bench; return the same way.
Distance: 5.5 miles; elev. gain: 600 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 100 miles.
November 22: Applegate Lake Loop (p. 157 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Take Hwy. 238 from Jacksonville to Ruch (8 miles); take Upper Applegate Rd. 15 miles 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 miles; elevation gain: about 500 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 80 miles.
November 29: Bear Creek Greenway from Ashland Dog Park 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 (Valley View Rd.); after eating lunch in Talent, 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).
Distance: 7 miles; elev. gain: 200 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 0 miles.