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
June 6: Kerby Peak Leaving Rite Aid at 8:00 AM
TH: Up to Grants Pass and then west on Highway 199 to Selma. In Selma left at the blinker on Deer Creek Road for 9 miles, right on White Creek Road for 0.5 miles and then left at the Kerby Peak Trail sign on East White Creek Road for 3 miles to the TH. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: Beautiful but steep climb through an old growth forest up to the ridge and then a fairly gentle walk along the ridge up to Kerby Peak. Distance 6 miles; Elevation delta: 2,800 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles.
June 13: Wagner Butte (p. 140 in 100 Hikes)
TH: From Talent make a left onto Rapp Road and continue on to Wagner Creek Road. From the start of gravel continue 2.3 miles to a left to stay on Wagner Creek Road. Continue another 3.6 miles, making a left after crossing the cattle grate, to the TH. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: uphill most of the way, but great flower displays and spectacular panoramic views from the top. Distance: 10.4 miles RT; elevation gain: 2,200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles.
June 20: Abbott Butte from the Huckleberry Gap TH (p. 89 in 100 Hikes) - Meet 8:00 AM
TH: Take Highway 62 towards Crater Lake past the 51 mile marker; turn left onto Woodruff Meadows Road #68 12.8 miles (last 7.7 mi are one-lane gravel); EDT: 105 minutes. Description: pleasant woods and flower-filled meadows, great views on the way to lunch below the abandoned lookout tower on top of Abbott Butte; return the same way RT: distance: 7.5 miles; elevation gain: 1,800 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 160 miles
June 27: Horse Camp Trail to Echo Lake (p. 121 in Favorite Hikes of the Applegate) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Past Applegate Lake to the T and left on Elliot Creek Road for 1.5 miles to the junction of FS 1040 and FS 1050. Hard right on FS 1040 then 3.9 miles to TH on left. EDT: 1:35. Description: A steady climb through a shaded deciduous and mixed conifer forest past the Butte Fork landslide, Horse Camp and on up to Echo Lake. This is a strenuous hike because of the elevation gain, but we all really like it and the payoff of getting to the lake is worth the effort of getting there. Distance: 9 miles; elevation gain 3,000 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 110 miles.