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.
October 1: Soda Mountain and Hobart Bluff Hike Leader: Rich Stickle
TH: From Highway 66 turn onto Soda Mountain Road just before reaching Greensprings Summit; Proceed about 5 miles to the PCT crossing right after passing under the power lines for the second time. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: We will head south on the PCT in the Soda Mountain direction for a few miles. We'll either take the trail to the Soda Mountain Lookout (depending on how much dead fall), or continue up to Little Pilot Peak for a view. Then we come down and cross Soda Mountain Road to pick up the PCT on the other side and the short hike up to Hobart Bluff where we'll have lunch. It should be about 6 to 7 miles total for the day's hike. Weather Forecast RT mileage: 40 miles.
October 8: Upper Rogue River Trail: Woodruff Creek to Bridge To Nowhere RT (p. 92 in 100 Hikes)—leave at 8:30 Hike Leader: Rich Stickle
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 min. Description: Follow the river upstream from Woodruff Bridge; go one mile beyond Natural Bridge to the Bridge to Nowhere; cross the bridge and go right a short distance to our lunch spot at Viani Falls; then return the same way. If we’re lucky, the vine maples and dogwoods will provide spectacular fall color. Distance: 9 miles; elevation gain: 300 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 140 miles.
October 15: Lower Rogue River Trail: Grave Ck. to Whiskey Creek RT (100 Hikes, p. 199)—leave at 8:30
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 the boat ramp parking and the TH; EDT: 90 min.
Description: Follow north rim of Rogue River canyon past Rainie Falls to Whiskey Creek; return same way; Bring plenty of water and a good hat; we have had some problems with overheating on this hike
Distance: 7 miles; elevation gain: 1,270 ft. Weather forecast RT driving mileage: 140 miles.
October 22: Sky Lakes from the Cold Springs Trailhead (p 118 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:30 AM.
TH: Take DIM to 140, right (east) for 3.2 miles and then left (north) on FS 3651 for 10.1 miles to the TH at road end. EDT 75 minutes. Description: Loop trail into the Sky Lakes Wilderness passing a half dozen lakes. We are following the recovery of the forest after the 2017 fire. Distance: 8 miles, elevation gain 700 feet. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 110 miles.
October 29: Overnight to Crescent City.
For those who haven't done an away trip with us, we have tremendous fun and get to see the ocean on a beautiful hike, the Redwoods etc. We leave at a reasonable hour and this time will have lunch on the beach a mile in on our Monday Hike to the mouth of the Klamath River. Tuesday morning we will do the Boy Scout Hike in the redwoods and get a glimpse of Stout Grove, home to the world's tallest trees. Lodging at Curley Redwood Lodge 707-464-2137- Crescent City. The Lodge is across the street form the fishing harbor, so a good place for strolling. You need to make your own reservations but we have blocked the usual 10 rooms. We will do our usual dinner at the Good Harvest where the fish is fresh and cocktails well prepared. The restaurant is a short walk from the Lodge and there is a breakfast diner across the street from the Lodge.