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.
December 5: Ashland Watershed
TH: Take Tolman Creek Road 3.1 miles to Toothpick TH. EDT: 20 min.
Description: Start out on Toothpick trail, then make a left onto the Catwalk and climb steadily uphill to its end; turn right onto Ashland Loop Rd. and follow it downhill to Lamb’s Mine TH; hike to end of Lamb’s Mine trail for lunch; return to our vehicles on Toothpick trail.
Distance: 5.5 miles; elev. gain: 1000 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 15 miles.
December 12: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail (Tunnel Ridge Th to Bear Gulch RT) (100 Hikes, p. 152)
TH: Follow route 238 thru Jacksonville to Ruch; turn left onto Upper Applegate Rd 2.9 miles; turn left on Little Applegate Rd 9.7 mi to Tunnel Ridge TH; EDT: 75 min Description: Climb up to the Ditch, then turn left and follow the Ditch trail to the top of the Bear Gulch trail for lunch; return the same way.
Distance: 6.5 miles; elev gain: 800 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 70 mi
December 19: White Rabbit/Bandersnatch Trails Loop (100 Hikes, p. 144)
TH: Top of Park Street, Ashland; EDT: 10 min.
Description: Leave shuttle car in Safeway parking lot. Take White Rabbit trail from Park St to upper TH on Ashland Loop Road, then Alice-in-Wonderland, and finally the Bandersnatch trail (the Bandersnatch is a new trail not in “100 Hikes” description) down to Glenview Drive and on down to Lithia Plaza for lunch in downtown Ashland.
Distance: 6.5 miles; elev. gain: 1200 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 5 miles.
December 26: No Hike