Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street 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 mileage; 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.
July 2 – Taylor Creek. Leave 8:30 AM
TH: North on I-5 to Merlin Exit 61 just after Grants Pass. Turn left and go 12.2 miles to a left turn for Briggs Valley Road / Taylor Creek Road / NF-25 which is 1/2 mile past milepost 8. Head up NF-25 for about 3 miles and leave a shuttle car at English Flat which is the first trailhead just beyond the gorge overlook. Drive about 9 more miles up NF-25 to Lone Tree Pass Trailhead on the left which is clearly marked at Road 2509 junction. Description: This 7.2 mile hike follows Taylor Creek from south to north as it descends to the Illinois valley. Elevation loss 1,100 feet but ups and downs along the way with some hills to climb. Estimated drive time: 1 hour 20 minutes. Weather forecast. RT mileage 140 miles.
July 9: Big Red Mountain: Hike Leader: Rich Stickle
TH: From Talent on Highway 99 take a left on Rapp Road and follow Rapp which turns into Wagner Creek Road for 8 miles to a left to remain on Wagner Creek Road which becomes Wagner Gap Road / FS-22. Continue on another 10 miles (18 miles total from the turn off of Highway 99) to the junction with FS-20. Right on FS-20 for 0.8 miles to the Siskiyou Gap TH and parking in the clearing on the right. Description: The PCT winds around Big Red Mountain through cool woods and along some cliffs with a good trail. Lots of views. Near the high point before the trail heads down, turn left on a gentle slope through fields to the top of Big Red Mountain. Lunch on rocks with 360 degree view after touring the summit. Distance 6 miles. Elevation gain 1,200 feet. Weather forecast. Driving Mileage: 60 miles.
July 16: Deadfall Lakes (Mt Eddy) RT (p. 226 in 100 Hikes)—Leave 8:30 AM
TH: Drive south on I-5 and take Stewart Springs Road exit (about 1.5 miles after rest area at Weed airport); turn right at stop sign, then left onto Stewart Springs Road; after 4 miles turn right onto Road 17 for 9.3 miles to the PCT crossing. Description: Walk uphill 3 miles along PCT to Middle Deadfall Lake; continue uphill another 1.5 miles to Upper Deadfall Lake. Continue up to the ridge. Distance: 9.1 miles; elevation gain: 1,400'; Weather forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles
July 23 : PCT from Cook & Green Pass to Lilly Pad Lake (p. 150 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Past Applegate Lake to the T. Left on Elliot Creek Road / NF-1050 for 2.1 miles. Right on NF-1055 for 9.8 miles to the TH at Cook & Green Pass. High clearance vehicles recommended. EDT: 1:45. Description: We will be hiking on the PCT on the ridge above Echo Lake for a nice view down to the lake. Follow the PCT west along the crest with views of the Red Buttes, Mt. Shasta and the Klamath River Basin along with the Marble Mountains. Return via the old mining road and Bee Camp Spring. Distance: 8.5 miles; elevation gain about 2,000 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 120 miles.
July 30: Grouse Gap to Siskiyou Peak
TH: Take Mt. Ashland exit 6 off I-5; Follow Mount Ashland Ski Road towards Grouse Gap. Instead of turning left to the shelter, park the cars and use the PCT route up to Siskiyou Peak. Before the PCT starts to descend near the summit, turn left through the field and up to the summit. Fabulous views for lunch. Moderate hike. Weather forecast. Return driving mileage 50 miles.