Monday Hike Schedule for May 2017

Last Revision 5/25/17

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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.
Website: http://ashlandhiking.org/

May 1: Lower Rogue River Trail: Grave Creek to Whiskey Creek RT (p. 199 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Take I-5 north to Merlin (Exit 60); drive thru Merlin and follow Galice Rd 19 miles to far side of Grave Creek bridge; turn left downhill to boat ramp and TH; EDT: 90 min
Description: Follow the north rim of Rogue River canyon past Rainie Falls to Whiskey Creek; return same way; spectacular scenery, but trail is a little rough in placesIf weather is warm, you need a lot of water on this one; be forewarned.
Distance: 7 miles; elevation gain: 1270 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 140 mi

May 8: Greensprings Summit to Hobart Bluff RT
TH: Drive Hwy. 66 to PCT crossing at Greensprings Summit EDT: 45 min.
Description: Trail is mostly in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument; go north on PCT to “Hobart Bluff Viewpoint” sign; turn right 0.3 mile to top of bluff; enjoy lunch and 360 degree views, then return the same way
Distance: 7.2; elev. gain: 1500 feet; Weather Forecast. RT driving mileage: 40 miles.

May 15: 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 22-23: Crescent City Overnight:
TH: Monday morning drive to Crescent City. We will be staying at the Curly Redwood Lodge the night of May 22nd where we have a group of rooms reserved in John Kerr's name for the Ashland Hiking Group (confirmation # 484) at a bargain price of $64 plus tax. Please cooridinate your reservation with John. Description: Arrival mid AM on Monday, take a long walk on the beach and then have dinner later at the Good Harvest Cafe. On Tuesday morning we will visit a fish mongers and lighthouse, and then hike in a redwood rain forest before the trip home. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 250 miles.

May 29: PCT: Hyatt Lake to Greensprings SummitLeader: Mike Sanson
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.
Historical note: Exactly 15 years ago, on June 27, 2001, six people initiated the future Ashland Hiking Group by doing the first part of this hike, from the Hyatt Lake trailhead to the dam at Little Hyatt Lake.
Distance: 7.4 miles; elev gain: 1200 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 45 mi