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
May 3: PCT from Greensprings Summit to Hobart Bluff (p. 130 in 101 Hikes)
TH: Drive Highway 66 14.5 miles to PCT crossing at Greensprings Summit. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: Follow the PCT for 3.3 miles through the woods and along the crest to the "Hobart Bluff Viewpoint" sign; turn right 0.3 miles to top of bluff; enjoy 360 degree views and lunch before returning the same way. Distance: 7+ miles; elevation gain: 2,000 feet of climbing; Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 35 miles.
May 10: Kelsey Creek to Maple Falls (p. 45 in Best Hikes of the Marble and Russian Wilderness Areas) Meet at 8:30 AM.
TH: Take I-5 to Yreka Exit 773 and follow Highway 3 to Fort Jones. Right on the Scott River Road for 17 miles. Past the Kelsey Guard Station and just before Bridge Flat the road crosses the Scott River. Immediately past the bridge go left on Kelsey Creek Road for 1/2 mile. Do not cross the second bridge but continue straight past the house to the roomy trailhead. EDT 90 minutes. Description: The Kelsey Trail was built by the army in the middle 1800s as a supply line from Crescent City to Ft. Jones. Follow Kelsey Creek to Maple Falls. Distance 9 miles; climbing 2,200'. Weather forecast. RT mileage 150 miles.
May 17: Stein Butte (p. 149 in 100 Hikes) Meet at 8:30 AM.
TH: Past Applegate Lake to the T, left on Applegate Road for 0.9 mile and make a left just past the bridge into the parking area for the Seattle Bar TH. EDT 60 minutes. Description: Steady up to a ridge crest for spectacular views of the Siskiyous and then on to the Stein Butte summit, site of an old fire lookout. Distance 9 miles. 2,400' elevation gain. Weather forecast. RT mileage 90 miles.
May 24: Rogue River Trail: Woodruff Bridge to Prospect Canal (p. 84 in 100 Hikes) - Meet at 8:30 AM
TH: Take Highway 62 towards Prospect. Immediately after crossing the canal after the first Prospect exit take a left and follow the unnamed gravel road beside the canal to the TH and leave a shuttle car. Back on 62 head up to the Woodruff Bridge turn and make a left to the TH just before the bridge. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: Generally downhill trail through the woods along the Rogue River. Distance 10 miles. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 130 miles.
May 31: Cameron Meadows / Frog Pond Loop (p. 152 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Take Hwy 238 from Jacksonville 8 miles to Ruch; turn left onto Upper Applegate Road for 19 miles past Applegate Lake; turn left onto Elliot Creek Road for 1.3 miles to the junction of FS 1040 and FS 1050. Sharp right onto FS 1040 for 9.7 miles to the Cameron Meadows TH on the left. Leave a shuttle car here and then proceed another 2 miles to the Frog Pond TH, parking just before the Frog Creek ford. EDT 90 minutes. Description: You may have heard about this hike, or read about it, and now you can do it. On previous hikes we have been surprised by late season snow which shouldn't be a problem this year. From the TH head uphill 2,000' on the Frog Pond trail to a lunch spot in Cameron Meadows. After lunch complete the loop by heading down the Cameron Meadow trail. Distance 6 miles; 2,000' elevation change. Weather Forecast. RT mileage 110 miles.