Leave from the Haggen's 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
October 7: Union Peak - Crater Lake National Park (p. 77 in 100 Hikes) Meet at 8:00 AM. Hike Leader: Keeley Kirkendal
TH: Take Highway 62 towards the south entrance to Crater Lake National Park. The trail begins approximately 1 mile west of the entrance on Highway 62 at the Pacific Crest Trail crossing. Description: This is one of our favorite hikes; great views combined with just a bit of a challenging rock scramble near the summit. Follow the PCT for 3 miles to the Union Peak trail junction. Follow the Union Peak trail to the summit. Distance: 10 miles; elevation gain: 1,600 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 170 miles.
October 14: Donomore Meadows to Dutchman Peak - New hike. Meet at 8:00 AM.
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 11 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: We last hiked to Dutchman Peak in 2012, but from the Wrangle Gap side. Since the road is so bad between Wrangle Gap and Jackson Gap we decided to approach from the west side, via Donomore Meadows. Nice views on this walk along the PCT and great views from the Dutchman Peak lookout. Distance: 10.5 miles; elevation gain about 2,000 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 110 miles.
October 21: Gumboot Saddle to Devils Pocket - Meet at 8:00 AM
TH: Down I-5 to Exit 738, the Central Mount Shasta exit. Right on Hatchery Lane for 0.3 miles to a left on Old Stage Road for 0.3 miles. Straight on West A. Barr / NF 26 for 18 miles to the TH. EDT: 1:45. Description: We hiked this one last year but didn't really see much since we were in the fog and wind for most of the hike. From Gumboot Saddle head south on the PCT for 4 miles with views from the ridge down into the Gumboot Lakes, Mumbo Lakes and the Seven Lakes basins. Lunch on the Saddle overlooking Devils Pocket with views of Shasta, Eddy and Lassen. Return the same way. Distance: 8 miles, Elevation gain: 1,500 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 185 miles.
October 28: Mount Bailey (p. 56 in 100 Hikes) - Meet 8:00 AM - Kinda new hike
TH: Take Highway 62 to Union Creek, then branch left on Highway 230. Approximately 2.2 miles past the Crater Rim Viewpoint rest area make a left onto Road 3703. At 2.2 miles drop a shuttle car at the intersection with NF-300 (the rough road to the upper TH). Continue on 3703 for another 3 miles to a right on NF-450 for 0.8 miles to the abandoned TH. EDT: 2 hours. Description: Bev and Jim have suggested this alternative to our usual hikes up Mt. Bailey. We will use the west side open woods approach to head up to the summit. After lunch we will descend the "official" trail past the hole in the rock and across the saddle. When we get down to the upper TH we will take a right on the road and walk 1.7 miles on NF-380 and then take a right onto NF-300 for 900 feet back to the shuttle car. Distance: 7.2 miles. Elevation gain: 2,600'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 190 mi.