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.
July 4: Independence Day—no hike
July 11: Pilot Rock Road to Babbitt Gap RT (fourth anniversary hike for Friday group)
TH: Take Mt. Ashland exit 6 off I-5; follow old Hwy. 99 under the freeway 2.3 miles; go left on Pilot Rock Road, drive 1 mile to PCT crossing (Sky King Cole TH). EDT: 30 min. (high clearance vehicles highly recommended).
Description: Walk along PCT past former Pilot Rock parking area and the spur trail to Pilot Rock; stay on the PCT to Babbitt Gap for lunch with spectacular view of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Eddy and Pilot Rock. Return the same way.
Distance: 5.6 miles; elev. gain: 955 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 32 miles.
July 18: Mt. Ashland Ski Rd. to Grouse Gap on PCT RT (100 Hikes, p. 140)
TH: Take Mt. Ashland exit 6 off I-5; turn right onto Mt. Ashland Highway; parking area for PCT is just around the bend after the 7 mile road marker; EDT: 30 min.
Description: Hike south on the PCT to Grouse Gap; turn left and walk about ¼ mile along the road to Grouse Gap shelter for lunch; we should see lots of flowers in bloom, especially in the meadow areas. Return the same way. Post-hike refreshments can be at Callahan’s or in town.
Distance: 7.6 miles; elevation gain: 870 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 30 miles.
July 25: High Lakes Trail from Aspen Point to Summit Sno Park on Hwy 140 (100 Hikes, p. 128)
TH: Drive DIM 22 miles to FS 37; turn left 8 miles to Hwy 140; turn right 5 miles to Summit Sno-Park and leave shuttle car; drive Hwy. 140 to Aspen Point turn off; EDT: 90 min.
Description: walk thru woods along Lake of the Woods to PCT; turn right (north) onto PCT; cross Hwy. 140; continue on PCT to Summit Sno Park. Post-hike refreshments can be at Lake of the Woods Resort.
Distance: 7 miles; elevation gain: 500 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 80 miles.