Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sun-screen 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
Coordinator: John Kerr: 541-630-0026.
October 7: Upper Rogue River Trail: Woodruff Creek to Bridge To Nowhere RT (p. 92 in 100 Hikes)—leave at 8:30 Hike Leader: Rich Stickle
TH: Take Highway 62 towards Crater Lake and make a left onto FS 68 about 7 miles beyond Prospect; continue 2 miles to the TH at Woodruff Bridge. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: Follow the river upstream from Woodruff Bridge; go one mile beyond Natural Bridge to the Bridge to Nowhere; cross the bridge and go right a short distance to our lunch spot at Viani Falls; then return on lunch side of river to Natural Bridge. Distance: 9 miles; elevation gain: 300 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 140 miles.
October 14: Lower Rogue River Trail: Grave Creek to Whiskey Creek RT —leave at 8:30 Hike Leader: Rich Stickle
TH: Take I-5 north to Merlin (Exit 60); drive thru Merlin and follow Galice Road 19 miles to far side of Grave Creek bridge; turn left downhill to the boat ramp parking and the TH; EDT: 90 min. Description: Follow north rim of Rogue River canyon past Rainie Falls to Whiskey Creek; return same way; Bring plenty of water and a good hat; we have had some problems with overheating on this hike. Distance: 7 miles; elevation gain: 1,270 feet. Weather forecast RT driving mileage: 140 miles.
October 21: Overnight to Crescent City.
For those who haven't done an away trip with us, we have tremendous fun and get to see the ocean on a beautiful hike, the Redwoods etc. We leave at a reasonable hour and this time will have lunch on the beach a mile in on our Monday Hike to the mouth of the Klamath River. Tuesday morning we will do the Boy Scout Hike in the redwoods and get a glimpse of Stout Grove, home to the world's tallest trees. Lodging at Curley Redwood Lodge 707-464-2137- Crescent City. The Lodge is across the street form the fishing harbor, so a good place for strolling. You need to make your own reservations but we will block the usual 10 rooms. We will do our usual dinner at the Good Harvest where the fish is fresh and cocktails well prepared. The restaurant is a short walk from the Lodge and there is a breakfast diner across the street from the Lodge. Weather forecast. RT Mileage: 260 miles.
October 28: Parks Creek TH to Bluff Lake Overlook. NEW HIKE - Departure 8:30 AM. Page 88 - Klamath National Forest Atlas.
Note: Same TH as for Deadfall Lakes. South on I-5 and exit Stewart Springs Road 1 mile after Weed rest area (beside Weed Airport). Exit West (right) to stop sign then right again followed by a left onto Road 17 – Springs Road. After 4 miles you need to turn right to stay on 17 (not stay on the road you are on) and another 9 miles to the TH. Park at the TH for Deadfall Lakes on left, which has toilet facilities. Description: Cross the road from the parking and continue on the PCT for about 5 miles around a deep valley to a cliff overlooking Bluff Lake. Distance 10 miles. No meaningful ascent. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles.