Wednesday Hike Schedule for July 2013

Last Revision 6/28/13

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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

July 3: Upper Rogue Canyon- Highway 230 to Road 6530 (p. 100 in 100 Hikes) Meet 8:30 AM This is one of the most scenic sections of the Rogue River. TH: Take Highway 62 past Union Creek and continue on Highway 230. At Hamaker Campground just past mile 12 turn right on gravel road 6530 for 0.5 mile then left at fork to stay on Road 6530 for another 0.2 mile and leave shuttle car at Upper Rogue River Trail sign on left. Then back to Highway 230 and go north for 6.4 miles to the Crater Rim Viewpoint parking lot for the upper TH. EDT 2 hours. Description: Follow the river along a 200 foot deep canyon back to the shuttle car. Insect repellent may prove useful for this hike. Distance 9 miles. Generally downhill. Weather forecast. RT mileage 170 miles.

July 10: Abbott Butte from the Yellow Jacket TH.(p. 89 in 100 Hikes) Meet at 8:00 AM TH: Take Highway 62 towards Crater Lake. Just past the Mile 51 marker make a left onto Abbott Creek Road (the sign on Highway 62 says Woodruff Campground). Cross the river and at mile 2.7 (from the Highway 62 turn) make a right onto Woodruff Creek Road. Continue following Woodruff Creek Road (NF-700) through several intersections to the Yellow Jacket TH on the right at mile 10.1. The last 5 miles or so are gravel with the occasional pothole. High clearance vehicles recommended. EDT: 2 hours. Description: Follow the Rogue-Umpqua Divide Trail (#1470) up and across the ridge to Elephant Head Lake and then on up over Cougar Butte to connect with the abandoned road to the top of Abbott Butte. Return the same way. RT distance is 8 miles with 2,500' of climbing. We saw lots of wildflowers when we last did this one in 2011. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles.

July 17: Mt Eddy (opposite Mt Shasta in California) (p. 210 in 100 Hikes) - Meet 8:00 AM Hike leader: Margita LaGrotta. TH: Drive south on I-5 and take Stewart Springs Road exit (about 1.5 miles after passing rest area next to Weed); turn right at both stop signs, then left onto Stewart Springs Road; after 4 miles, turn right onto Road 17 for 9.3 miles past the"upper TH" at the PCT crossing; continue 1.3 miles to the hairpin curve; park on the right side and cross the road to the Deadfall Meadow sign and the TH. EDT: 105 min Description: Wildflower heaven, inviting lakes, spectacular views of Mt Shasta; alternate turn around point is the ridge top before the long, barren slog to the summit. Distance: 8 miles; elevation gain to summit 2,730 feet, to ridge 1,600 ft. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 165 miles.

July24: 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. We tried to do this one last November but the gate at the back of the ski area parking lot closed the night before the hike. 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.

July 31: California border to Observation Peak on the PCT. New Hike - Meet at 8:00 AM.

Hike Canceled Due to Smoke

TH: Turn at Ruch and head south for 9.3 miles. Just past the Country Club cross the bridge and take the second left onto Beaver Creek Road / FS 20. Up FS 20 for 14 miles to Silver Fork Gap. Cross the intersection and take the road at 9 o'clock which is FS 2025. Continue on FS 2025 for 4 miles to Donomore Gap and park on the right. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: By popular request we are going to hike the first Oregon segment of the PCT right from the border. We last hiked in this area in 2004 but have never actually gone down to the border crossing. So, from the TH we will head south on the PCT to the border and the California / Oregon sign which marks 1,600 miles on the PCT from the Mexican border. We will then loop back up to the PCT and head northwest past Kettle Lake to Observation Gap. From there we will head up the ridge to Observation Peak for lunch. After lunch we will return on the PCT to the TH. Distance: 6 miles; elevation gain about 1,600 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 110 miles.