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.
June 4: Union Creek Trail (p.94 in 100 Hikes)—leave at 8:30 am Hike Leader: Rich Stickle
TH: Take Highway 62 north from Medford to Union Creek. Leave shuttle car at Natural Bridge parking if it is open; EDT: 105 min
Description: Follow a scenic, “generally level” trail along a lovely brook to Natural Bridge. Continue to Rogue Gorge if the shuttle is in place, otherwise return to cars by Union Creek. Distance: 8.0 miles; elevation gain: 500 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles
June 8 (Friday): Flower Walk - Return to Little Pilot Peak Weather forecast.
June 11: Upper Rogue River Trail - Round trip from Woodruff Bridge to River Bridge (p.84 in 100 Hikes) - Leave at 8:30 am
TH: Take Highway 62 towards Crater Lake and make a left onto FS 68 about 7 miles beyond Prospect; continue 2 miles to the TH at Woodruff Bridge; EDT: 90 minutes. Description: Down and back on the Takelma Gorge section of the Rogue River between Woodruff Bridge and River Bridge. The trail is relatively flat, but with ups and downs . Poles are helpful on the uneven rocky sections of the trail. Distance: 8 miles; elevation gain: about 500 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 140 miles.
June 18: PCT from Mt Ashland Ski Rd to Grouse Gap RT (100 Hikes, p. 140)
TH: Take Mt. Ashland exit 6 off I-5; turn right onto Mt. Ashland Ski Road; the parking area for the PCT is just around the bend after the 7 mile road marker; EDT: 30 minutes. Description: Hike south on the PCT to Grouse Gap; turn left and walk about ¼ mile along the road to the Grouse Gap shelter for lunch; we should see some early flowers in bloom, especially in the meadow areas. Return the same way. Distance: 7.6 miles; elevation gain: 870 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 40 miles
June 22 (Friday): New - Flower walk - Hinkle Lake
TH: Take Upper Applegate Road along the side of Applegate Lake then a right at the T Junction onto Carberry Creek Road. (Both Applegate Road and Carberry are marked as Road 10). Go 6 1/2 miles to FS Rd 1030/ Steve Fork Road. and turn left. Go 5.1 miles to a left onto Road 400. Go 4.7 miles to Road 800 at a fork in the road and stay right. Look for a fork in the road at Low Gap (the gap between Middle Fork and Steve's Fork). Either park in the gassy area to the left and walk up the right branch, Road 850 (Note: Going straight would take you to the Fir Glade TH in 1/4 mile). High clearance vehicles with AWD preferred on Steve Fork. EDT: 2 hours. Description: Follow the 850 miners road after parking past the Arnold Mining Operation. Go straight and through a gate. You will find a wide path to the left going up and over the hill emerging from the wood at the lake. The road will also take you there. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 120 miles.
June 25-26: Crescent City Overnight:
TH: Monday morning drive to Crescent City. We will be staying at the Curly Redwood Lodge the night of May 18th where we will have a group of rooms reserved in John Kerr's name for the Ashland Hiking Group at a bargain price TBD. Please confirm your reservation and/or attendance with John. Description: Lunch in Brookings followed by cliff hike. Drive down to Crescent City for check in and dinner. Tuesday AM hike to Klamath River estuary. Weather forecast.
June 29 (Friday): New - Brewer Spruce Walk - Sucker Gap
TH: Take Upper Applegate Road along the side of Applegate Lake then a right at the T Junction onto Carberry Creek Road. (Both Applegate Road and Carberry are marked as Rd 10). Go 6 1/2 miles to FS Rd 1030/ Steve Fork Rd. and turn left. Go 11 miles to the end. TH well-marked at parking area. EDT: 1:40. Description: When you come to a split in the trail at 3/4 miles, take the right fork. The left fork goes to Fir Glade and the right to Sucker Gap. The climb leads you to where you will be surrounded by Brewer Spruce. Eventually you come to open ground with mountain flowers. At a Y the right climbs a short way to Sucker Gap and the left a short way to a lily pond. Weather forecast. RT mileage:130 miles.