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
December 4: East Applegate Ridge from Highway 238 Hike Leader: John Kerr
TH. Continue thru Jacksonville on Highway 238 past Milepost 29 and Forest Creek Road (on the right) for another 1/2 mile to a small sign on the left "East Applegate Ridge Trail" near 5091 Highway 238 for the TH parking area. EDT: 40 minutes. Description: We have done this hike as an out and back from the upper TH and as a shuttle downhill from the upper TH. This time we are going to do an uphill and back, stopping about a mile before the uphill TH for lunch. Distance around 9 miles. Elevation gain: 1,200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 70 miles.
December 11: Applegate Lake Loop (p. 147 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Take Highway 238 from Jacksonville to Ruch (8 miles); take Upper Applegate Road 15 miles to Applegate Dam; drive left across the dam to the French Gulch TH (1.2 miles); EDT: 60 minutes. Description: Make a loop on the Applegate Lake Trail system in a clockwise direction so that we get the uphill out of the way before enjoying lunch on Hal's Point. Distance: 7.6 miles; elevation gain: about 1,000 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 80 miles.
December 18: Lost Creek Lake (North Shore) (p.82 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Drive across the high bridge on the north side of Lost Creek Lake and make an immediate left on Lewis Road and continue for 1 mile to the TH; EDT: 60 minutes. Description: "generally level", pretty trail through the woods along the north shore of Lost Creek Lake past the spur to the Blue Grotto and on to our usual lunch spot at the bench below a rock outcrop overlooking the lake; return the same way. Distance: about 10 miles RT; 900 feet of up. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 110 miles
December 25: No Hike