Leave from the former 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.
May 2: 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; return the same way. Watch out for graybacks (ticks).
Distance: 8 miles; elev gain: 1500 ft. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 85 miles
May 16: Collings Mountain RT (above Applegate Reservoir) (p.156 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Drive south from Ruch about 20 miles to TH at Watkins Campground; EDT: 75 min
Description: woodsy trail with lots of uphill but excellent views. We will climb to the high point for lunch, then retrace our steps to the TH
Distance: 5.5 miles; total elevation gain: 1500 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 85 miles
May 23: Union Creek Trail (p.94 in 100 Hikes)—leave at 8:30 am
TH: Take Hwy 62 east from Medford to Union Creek; EDT: 105 min
Description: Folow a scenic, “generally level” trail along a lovely brook; return the same way.
Distance: 8.2 miles; elevation gain: 500 feet. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles
May 30: Grizzly Peak
TH: Drive Dead Indian Memorial Highway 7 mi; turn left on Shale City Rd and follow Grizzly Peak Trail signs: 3 mi on pavement, 2 mi on dirt. EDT: 30 min
Description: spring flowers should be in full bloom; great views over the Rogue Valley
Distance: 5 miles; elev. gain: 1200 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 30 mi