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
Oct 3: PCT from Cook & Green Pass to Lilly Pad Lake (p. 150 in 100 Hikes) Meet at 8:00 AM
TH: Past Applegate Lake to the T. Left on Elliot Creek Road / NF-1050 for 2.1 miles. Right on NF-1055 for 9.8 miles to the TH at Cook & Green Pass. High clearance vehicles recommended. EDT: 1:45. Description: In July we hiked to Echo Lake, so this week we will be hiking on the PCT on the ridge above Echo Lake for a nice view down to the lake (AKA Sabin's View). Follow the PCT west along the crest with views of the Red Buttes, Mt. Shasta and the Klamath River Basin along with the Marble Mountains. Return via the old mining road and Bee Camp Spring. Distance: 8.5 miles; elevation gain about 2,000 feet. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 120 miles
October 10: East Boulder Lake - (p. 232 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: South on I-5 to Yreka Exit 773 and take Highway 3 for 39 miles through Fort Jones and Etna to Callahan. Right in Callahan (behind the Emporium Saloon) on South Fork Road for 0.7 miles then straight on McKeen Road (40N17) for 2.3 miles to the McKeen Divide. Left (SE) on 39N63 (Boulder) for 2.9 miles, left on 39N10 for 1.2 miles and right (SE but not a uey) on 39N66 for 0.8 miles to the TH. EDT: 1:45. Beautiful hike in the Scott Mountains of the Trinity Alps Wilderness past East Boulder Lake and several smaller alpine lakes / ponds up to the ridge with views of Craggy Peak, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Eddy, Scott Valley and the Russian Wilderness. Distance: 9 miles. Climbing: 2,500'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 170 miles.
October 17: Taylor Lake Overlook (Russian Wilderness) (p. 202 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Take I-5 south to Exit 773 - Fort Jones (1 mile south of Yreka); follow Highway 3 for 27 miles to Etna; make a right from Collier Way onto Main Street / Sawers Bar Road and continue 9.4 miles to Etna Summit; EDT: 1:30. Description: follow the PCT along a view-packed ridge crest to the Taylor Lake overlook. Return the same way. Distance: 7+ miles RT; elevation gain: 2,500 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 160 miles.
October 24: Garfield Peak and Boundary Springs - Crater Lake National Park Leave at 8:00 AM - Hike leader: Liz Landreth Bring your National Park passes in case the entry station is still staffed.
TH: East end of the Crater Lake Lodge parking lot. EDT: 2 hours. Description: Two hikes for the price of one. We will start with a hike up to the summit of Garfield Peak for lunch and then do a second hike in the park to the headwaters of the Rogue River at Boundary Springs.
Garfield Peak: A popular hiking trail due to it's close proximity to the Rim Village and Crater Lake Lodge and its spectacular panoramic views of the entire lake and high mountains north and south. The trail leads eastward contouring the ridge above Crater Lake, then turns northward a half mile from the trailhead and begins to climb. It ascends the northwestern ridge of Garfield Peak then turns eastward. Gaining the northern ridge crest the route continues to climb to the 8,060-foot summit. Views from this lofty peak south of Crater Lake include the lake, Phantom Ship and terrain south. There's a good path to the top, but, be prepared for a difficult climb along this trail. Round trip: 4.4 miles, 1,000 foot elevation gain.
After returning to the cars from the Garfield Peak hike take West Rim Drive around to the North Entrance Road and head left / north. Just past the North Entrance station go left on SR-138 for 2.9 miles to a left (SW) on Highway 230 for 5.4 miles to the Crater Rim Viewpoint / Rest Area / Boundary Springs TH.
Boundary Springs: This easy-to-moderate walk is to the headwaters of the Rogue River. After leaving the Highway 230 turnout/parking area, we pass through a fairly open forest stand of lodgepole pine, mountain hemlock, and shasta red fir. The trail follows the narrow Rogue River canyon until it ends at a wet meadow fed by the Boundary Springs. Note that after a mile, approximately, the trail intersects a Forest Service road, also the Upper Rogue River trail. Turn right and head up the road for about 100 feet before turning left, back onto the Boundary Springs trail. Round trip: 5 miles, 500 foot elevation gain.
Total distance about 9 miles. Elevation gain about 1,500'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 210 miles.
October 31: Clover Lake in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness Kinda new hike Hike leader: Hans Kuhr
TH: Take DIM up to a right on Clover Creek Road just past milepost 28. Follow Clover Creek east for 5.6 miles to a left onto FR 3852. Proceed 3.4 miles to the TH at the end of the road staying on the better gravel road and bearing left when in doubt. See a map here. EDT: 60 minutes. Description: Head up the Clover Creek Trail for a little less than 3 miles to Clover Lake for lunch. Return the same way. Distance: 6 miles. Elevation gain: 1,000'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 80 miles