Our Friday Hikes have 3 features (expectations): Moderate pace, Mutual support by staying together, and Peaceful trail conversation limited to observations and information about our surroundings.
Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 8:00 AM in summer months, unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sun-screen, insect repellent 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 Coordinators: Elisabeth Zinser, 541.646.6109 and Judy Holy, 541.324.1056
August 9: Big Red Mountain: Hike Leader: Judy Holy
TH: From Talent on Highway 99 take a left on Rapp Road and follow Rapp which turns into Wagner Creek Road for 8 miles to a left to remain on Wagner Creek Road which becomes Wagner Gap Road / FS-22. Continue on another 10 miles to the junction with FS-20 (18 miles total from the turn off of Highway 99). Take a right on FS-20 for 0.8 miles to the Siskiyou Gap TH and parking in the clearing on the right. Description: The PCT winds around Big Red Mountain through woods and along some cliffs with a good trail. Lots of views. Lunch spot will be off the trail near the high point before the trail heads down. Distance 6 miles RT. Elevation gain 1,200 feet. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 60 miles.
August 23: High Lakes Trail from Summit Snow Park TH towards Lake of the Woods: Hike Leader Elisabeth Zinser
TH: Drive DIM 22 miles to FS 37; turn left 8 miles to Hwy 140; turn right 5 miles and past Fish Lake turnoff to Summit TH/Sno-Park and turn left. Park in NW corner of paved lot. Description: Start hike on “feeder” trail that provides access to PCT. Trail is level and winds through dense forest, then crosses the Cascade Canal just before rejoining the PCT. Cross Hwy 140 (carefully) to the High Lakes Trail. Turn left to the high point at 5,522” (about 1.7 miles), then to Brown Mountain TH (about 2.4 Miles). See Brown Mt. lava flows and views of Mt. McLoughlin, highest peak in southern Oregon Cascades at 9,495’. Generally flat with some moderate grades interspersed along the undulating route. Compacted gravel surface and well-maintained. Portions of trail are in a mixed conifer old-growth forest. Distance: about 7.5 miles RT; elevation gain: about 280 ft. (4,940’-5,220’). Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 80 miles.
Note: In early 1900s, the 11-mile Cascade Canal was built between 1910 and 1915 to carry water from Fourmile Lake in the Klamath watershed over the Cascade Divide to Fish Lake in the Rogue River watershed (to supplement Little Butte Creek), subsequently to Medford. The Canal drops 1,109 feet.