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.
March 13: Applegate Lake: Payette Tr from Manzanita TH to French Gulch (p. 157 in 100 Hikes) - leave at 8:30
TH: Take Hwy 238 from Jacksonville to Ruch (8 mi); turn left onto Upper Applegate Rd and drive to Swayne Point just past the Applegate Dam for a pit stop; then continue on Upper Applegate Rd to its end and turn left onto Elliot Creek Rd for1 mi; then turn left again onto Manzanita Creek Rd and drive to the TH at its end. EDT: 75 min
Description: Walk along the shore of Applegate Lake 3.5 miles to Hank’s Point for lunch; after lunch retrace our steps to the TH. Most of the elevation gain is at the very beginning of the hike.
Distance: 7 mi; elevation gain: about 500 ft. Weather forecaast. RT mileage: 100 mi
March 20: Rogue River Trail, east from Peyton Bridge to Hurd Creek (p. 88 in 100 Hikes—last paragraph)
TH: From Medford drive 35.5 mi on Hwy 62; turn left on Lewis Rd to Peyton Bridge TH parking area (east end of Lost Creek Lake); EDT: 75 min
Description: Follow undulating trail along the north shore of the Rogue River to the second of two impressive waterfalls; return same way.
Distance: 6.5 miles RT; total elev. gain: 750 ft. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 100 mi
March 27: Little Grayback Trail
TH: From Ruch travel south on Upper Applegate Rd to Applegate Dam; follow the road across the dam for 1.5 mi; turn left for 2 mi to French Gulch divide TH. EDT: 60 min.
Description: steady climb across the southern slopes of Little Grayback Mt toward Squaw Peak; good stopping points along the way for those who don’t want to go the whole distance; return the same way. Watch out for graybacks (ticks).
Distance: 8 miles; elev gain: 1500 ft; Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 85 miles