Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street 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
Coordinator: John Kerr: 541-630-0026.
November 7: Panther Point (Applegate Lake) RT (p. 157 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Take Hwy 238 from Jacksonville to Ruch (8 miles); take Upper Applegate Rd. 15 miles to Applegate Dam; drive left across dam to Dagelma TH: (2.5 mi.); EDT: 60 min.
Description: Take Osprey trail to Payette trail and continue along the lake shore to Hal’s Point for lunch; return the same way.
Distance: 7.5 miles; elevation gain: 750 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 80 miles.
November 14: Lost Creek Lake (west shore) RT (p. 88 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Take Hwy 62 to Lost Creek Lake; just before the dam, turn left onto Takelma Rd. at “Fish Hatchery” sign; drive to end of paved road and continue on gravel road to Takelma Park Rd. (about 1 mile past the turnoff to the boat ramp); EDT: 75 min.
Description: Drop down to the Lost Creek Lake trail at Four Corners campground, turn left, and follow it to our usual lunch bench; return the same way.
Distance: 7.7 miles; elev. gain: 750 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 100 miles.
November 21: Ashland Watershed
TH: Take Tolman Creek Road 3.1 miles to Toothpick TH. EDT: 20 min.
Description: Start out on Toothpick trail, then make a left onto the Catwalk and climb steadily uphill to its end; turn right onto the bicycle trail and follow the ridge above the road to a suitable location for a cross-country scramble down to the road; go downhill along the road to Lamb’s Mine TH; hike to end of Lamb’s Mine trail for lunch; return to our vehicles on Toothpick trail. Hike Leader: Rich Stickle
Distance: 5.5 miles; elev. gain: 1000 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 15 miles.
November 28: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail (Tunnel Ridge TH to Bear Gulch RT) (100 Hikes, p. 152)
TH: Follow route 238 thru Jacksonville to Ruch; turn left onto Upper Applegate Rd 2.9 miles; turn left on Little Applegate Rd 9.7 mi to Tunnel Ridge TH; EDT: 75 min Description: Climb up to the Ditch, then turn left and follow the Ditch trail a short distance beyond the top of the Bear Gulch trail lunch; return the same way.
Distance: 7 miles; elev gain: 600 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 70 mi