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
November 7: Trinity Alps: Trail Gulch & Long Gulch Lakes (p. 206 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM.
TH: Down I-5 to the Fort Jones / Etna exit (Exit 773). Follow SR 3 for 39 miles into Callahan. Right on Cecilville Road for 12 miles to Carter Meadows Summit and then continue 0.8 miles down to a left at the Carter Meadows Trailheads sign. Continue 1.8 miles to the Trail Gulch TH on the left and drop off the hikers. While the hikers are getting ready, position a shuttle car another 0.8 miles along the road at the Long Gulch TH on the left. EDT: 2 hours. Description: Steve and Maria recommended this hike after hiking it a couple of times. A nice loop hike in two valleys in the Trinity Alps through Alpine forests and past two mountain lakes. Lunch on the ridge with views of Shasta and the high Trinity Alps. Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain: 2,300'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 180 miles.
November 14: Stein Butte (p. 149 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:30 AM.
TH: Past Applegate Lake to the T, left on Elliot Creek Road for 0.9 mile and make a left just past the bridge into the parking area for the Seattle Bar TH. EDT 60 minutes. Description: Steady up to a ridge crest for spectacular views of the Siskiyous and then on to the Stein Butte summit, site of an old fire lookout. Distance 9 miles. 2,400' elevation gain. Weather forecast. RT mileage 90 miles.
November 21: High Lakes Trail (p. 122 in Hiking Southern Oregon)
TH: From Rite Aid take DIM to Highway 140. Left on 140 for 0.9 miles to a left onto NF-3601 at the Brown Mountain Trails sign. Follow signs 0.6 miles to the Brown Mountain Trails TH and leave a shuttle car. Return to 140 and turn left (west) for 6.4 miles to Highway 37. Left on 37 for 0.5 miles to the North Fork Campground TH parking area on the left. EDT: 1 hour. Description: Follow the trail along Little Butte Creek (part of the Medford Irrigation District) up to the dam and turn left onto the High Lakes Trail. Follow the High Lakes trail past Fish Lake and across the Brown Mountain Lava flow back to the shuttle car. Distance: 9.3 miles; elevation gain 900'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 100 miles.
November 28: Pilot Rock Road to Porcupine Mountain.
TH: Take Mt Ashland exit 6 off I-5; follow old Highway 99 under the freeway for just a little over 2 miles; go left onto Pilot Rock Road and drive one mile to first crossing of PCT at the power line; EDT: 30 minutes. Description: Hike east on the PCT past Pilot Rock to the top of Porcupine Mountain; return via the trail and road. Distance: about 7.5 miles; elevation gain: about 2,000 ft. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 30 miles.