Leave from Haggen's 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 6: PCT: Hyatt Lake to Greensprings Summit —meet 8:30 am
TH: Hwy 66 17.5 miles to Greensprings Inn; left 3 mi to PCT; leave shuttle car at Greensprings Summit; EDT: 45 min
Description: Walk along PCT thru flower-filled woods and meadows.
Distance: 7.4 miles; elev gain: 1200 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 45 mi
July 13: Abbott Butte (p. 95 in 100 Hikes) —meet 8:30 am
TH: Take Hwy 62 towards Crater Lake past the 51 mi marker; turn left onto Woodruff Meadows Rd #68 12.8 mi (last 7.7 mi are one-lane gravel); EDT: 105 min
Description: pleasant woods and flower-filled meadows, great views on the way to lunch below the abandoned lookout tower on top of Abbott Butte; return the same way
RT: distance: 7.5 mi; elev gain: 1500 ft. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 165 mi
July 20: PCT from Mt Ashland Ski Rd to Grouse Gap 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.
Distance: 7.6 miles; elevation gain: 870 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 30 miles
July 27: PCT from Porcupine Gap to Baldy Creek TH RT
TH: Leave I-5 at exit 6 and follow Hwy 99 to Pilot Rock Rd; drive 2 miles along Pilot Rock Rd, take the left fork at the old quarry and continue to its end at Porcupine Gap; high clearance vehicles highly recommended. EDT: 45 min
Description: Follow the PCT north for 4 miles to a nice lunch spot just short of the Baldy Creek TH.
Distance: 8 miles; elev gain: 1000 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 35 miles