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 29: North Elk Creek Park Hike Leader: Rich Stickle
TH: From Rite Aid head north on I-5 to North Medford Exit 30, Crater Lake Highway. From Exit 30 head up Highway 62 for 25 miles to a left onto Elk Creek Road. A few miles up we will leave a shuttle then head back up the main road to about mile 9 to Homesteader's TH. Here we'll explore upper Elk Creek Park and follow the trail down the creek and then turn left for a mile to the uncompleted dam. After lunch at the dam we return a mile or two to the road and the shuttle car. Note: The area is controlled by the Corp of Engineers who were to have built a huge dam, creating a lake to compliment Applegate Lake and Lost Creek Lake. This was a result of the Great Flood of 1964 and those who have done the Lower Rogue Hike have seen the high water mark, the height of which is hard to believe. A third of the dam was completed before the project was cancelled. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 110 miles.