2nd & 4th Friday Hikes for December 2019

Last Revision 11/19/19

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Our Friday Hikes have 3 features (expectations): Moderate pace, Mutual support (by staying together), and Peaceful trail conversation focused on observations and information about our surroundings.

Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM 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. Website: https://ashlandhiking.org

December 13: ASHLAND WATERSHED Hike Leader: Judy Holy
TH: We’ll drive up Tolman Creek Road from Rite Aid 3.1 miles to Toothpick TH. EDT: 20 min. DESCRIPTION: Start out on Toothpick trail, then make a left onto the Catwalk and climb steadily uphill to its end. Have lunch at Four Corners. Continue the loop on Marty’s Trail to the junction of Marty’s, Caterpillar, Lamb’s Mine and Toothpick; then take Toothpick back to cars. Distance: 5.5 miles, elev. Gain 1,000’. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 20 miles.

December 27: EAST APPLEGATE RIDGE TRAIL (ART): Hike Leader: Elisabeth Zinser.
TH: Go through Jacksonville on Highway 238. Near milepost 29 (after the road descends the hill climb out of town) watch for Forest Creek Road on the right, but stay on Highway 238 for about ½ mile to find a small sign on the left marked “East Applegate Ridge Trail”. Park a shuttle car here. Turn back toward Jacksonville and take a right on Cady Road. Go ½ mile and turn right on Sterling Creek Road. Go just beyond the 4-mile marker and find a sign directing you to East Applegate Ridge (ART) (BLM road 38-2-19.1). Take this rocky road for 0.6 miles and arrive at the TH parking. DESCRIPTION: Take the trail through forest canopy and open ridge with great views of the valley. Level for first 3 miles, then gradual descent to end at shuttle car. Distance: 6 miles, elev. loss about 1,100’.  Weather forecast. RT Mileage: 60 miles. Possibly stop at Schoolhaus Brewhaus Restaurant in Jacksonville: