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
September 5: Cement Bluff and Bluff Lake - The Trinity Divide New hike. Leave at 8:00 AM.
TH: Drive south on I-5 and take Stewart Springs Road exit (about 1.5 miles after passing rest area next to Weed); turn right at both stop signs, then left onto Stewart Springs Road; after 4 miles, turn right onto Road 17 for 9.3 miles to the upper / PCT TH. Description: Instead of heading east from the TH to Mt. Eddy we are going to head west and follow the PCT along the ridge above High Camp Creek Basin over to Cement Bluff. Nice views of the Scott Mountains, Mt. Shasta and Mt. Eddy. Distance: 10 miles; elevation gain: 1,000 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles.
September 12: Azalea Lake Pass above Azalea Lake (Red Buttes Wilderness - p. 154 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Go past the Applegate store, cross the bridge and head south on Thompson Creek Road for 11.9 miles to a left on Carberry Creek Road. Go 2.8 miles to the second right onto NF 1030. After crossing bridge make an immediate left and go 5.1 miles to a left onto NF 400. After 4.7 miles on NF 400 bear right at the fork and then continue left in 1/2 mile (i.e. do not go up NF 850) to the TH. EDT: 2 hours. Description: We are going to take a look at what the Fort Complex fires did to this area last summer. Distance 10 miles; elevation gain: 2,000'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 120 miles.
September 19: Porcupine Lake via the PCT Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Take I-5 south to Exit 738, the Central Mount Shasta exit. Right on Hatchery Lane for 0.3 miles to a left on Old Stage Road for 0.3 miles. Straight on West A. Barr / NF 26 for 16 miles to a right on 40N26 for 0.7 miles the TH (the turn onto 40N26 is about 1.6 miles past the turn on the left to Gumboot Lake). If you get to the Gumboot TH you have gone too far. EDT: 2 hours. Description: We will follow the PCT north for 5 miles to Porcupine Lake traversing the Eddy Range just below its crest most of the way. The route has spectacular views nearly the entire distance, including Mt. Shasta. Distance: 10 miles, elevation gain 1,600 feet. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 180 miles.
September 26: Seven Lakes Loop (p. 106 in 100 Hikes) Meet at 8:00 AM.
TH: Up I-5 to Highway 62 in Medford. Up Highway 62 for 14. 6 miles to the Butte Falls Road. Into Butte Falls and then right on Laurel Avenue for 0.2 miles and then left onto the Butte Falls Fish Lake road for 0.6 miles. Left on the Butte Falls Prospect Road for 8.8 miles and Right on Lodgepole Road 34 for 8.5 miles. Straight on 37 for 0.4 miles and then veer right onto gravel Road 3780 for 4.1 miles to the TH. EDT 2 hours. Description: Nice loop through the woods past lakes and ponds with lunch atop a ridge overlooking the Seven Lakes Basin. Distance: 10 miles; climbing: 2,000'. Weather Forecast. RT mileage 150 miles.