Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street 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
June 7: Kerby Peak Leaving Rite Aid at 8:00 AM
TH: Up to Grants Pass and then west on Highway 199 to Selma. In Selma left on Deer Creek Road for 9 miles, right on White Creek Road for 0.5 miles and then left at the Kerby Peak Trail sign on East White Creek Road for 3 miles to the TH. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: Beautiful but steep climb through an old growth forest up to the ridge and then a fairly gentle walk along the ridge up to Kerby Peak. We were stopped by snow short of the summit in April but it should be clear now and we are going to give it another try. Distance 6 miles; Elevation delta: 2,800 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles.
June 14: PCT from Old 99 to Pilot Rock.
TH: Take I-5 to the Mt. Ashland exit. Proceed under I-5 to the PCT crossing on the left. EDT: 30 min. Description: follow the PCT towards Pilot Rock and return the same way. Climbing Pilot Rock is optional. Distance 9 miles; climbing 1,500 feet (add 500 feet for a successful Pilot Rock summit). Weather forecast. RT mileage: 20 miles
June 21: Boccard Point – New Hike
TH: From Highway 66 turn onto Soda Mountain Road just before reaching Greensprings Summit; Proceed some 5 miles to the PCT crossing right after passing under power lines for the second time. EDT: 45 minutes. This is a new hike, although we completed a similar hike in 2012. Sherry will help us find our way to Boccard Point, which will have incredible views from Mt. Shasta and Pilot Rock to Mt. McLoughlin. Description: follow PCT for about 3 miles and turn left to follow a trail towards Boccard Point. We will have lunch at Boccard Point and have the option of finding Little Pilot Peak on the way back to the cars (adds about ½ mile). Distance: about 10 miles, elevation gain: about 1,500 feet. Weather Forecast RT mileage: 40 miles.
June 28: Horse Camp Trail to Echo Lake (p. 121 in Favorite Hikes of the Applegate) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Past Applegate Lake to T and left on Elliot Creek Road for 1.5 miles to the junction of FS 1040 and FS 1050. Hard right on FS 1040 then 3.9 miles to TH on left. EDT: 1:35. Description: A steady climb through a shaded deciduous and mixed conifer forest past the Butte Fork landslide, Horse Camp and on up to Echo Lake. This is a strenuous hike because of the elevation gain, but we all really like it and the payoff of getting to the lake is worth the effort of getting there. Distance: 9 miles; elevation gain 3,000 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 110 miles.