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
July 3: Taylor Lake Overlook (Russian Wilderness) (p. 202 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Take I-5 south to Exit 773 - Fort Jones (1 mile south of Yreka); follow Highway 3 for 27 miles to Etna; make a right from Collier Way onto Main Street / Sawers Bar Road and continue 9.4 miles to Etna Summit; EDT: 1:30. Description: follow the PCT along a view-packed ridge crest to the Taylor Lake overlook. Return the same way. Distance: 7+ miles RT; elevation gain: 2,500 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 160 miles.
July 10: Wagner Butte (p. 140 in 100 Hikes)
TH: From Talent make a left onto Rapp Road and continue on to Wagner Creek Road. From the start of gravel continue 2.3 miles to a left to stay on Wagner Creek Road. Continue another 3.6 miles, making a left after crossing the cattle grate, to the TH which is 1.9 miles past the cattle grate. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: uphill most of the way, but great flower displays and spectacular panoramic views from the top. Distance: 10.4 miles RT; elevation gain: 2,200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles.
July 17: Duck Lakes Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Down I-5 to the Fort Jones/Etna exit (Exit 773). Follow SR 3 for 31 miles and turn right onto French Creek Road (between Etna and Callahan). Follow this paved road for 6.8 miles and turn right at the T onto dirt road FS 40N22 for 0.7 miles to a bear right onto High C Road for 1.3 miles to the TH on the left. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: At 26 acres, Big Duck Lake is the largest lake in the Russian Wilderness. It is 27 feet deep and at 6,400 feet elevation. Little Duck Lake is a gem of a lake up against a massive cirque. The trail is a combination of long ago abandoned logging roads and single track trails. Distance: 9 miles if we do both lakes. Elevation gain: 2,700'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 160 miles.
July 24: Union Peak - Crater Lake National Park (p. 77 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Take Highway 62 towards the south entrance to Crater Lake National Park. The trail begins approximately 1 mile west of the entrance on Highway 62 at the Pacific Crest Trail crossing. Description: This is one of our favorite hikes; great views combined with just a bit of a challenging rock scramble near the summit. Follow the PCT for 3 miles to the Union Peak trail junction. Follow the Union Peak trail to the summit. Distance: 10 miles; elevation gain: 1,600 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 170 miles.
July 31: Mount Bailey (p. 56 in 100 Hikes) - Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Take Highway 62 to Union Creek, then branch left on Highway 230. Approximately 2.2 miles past the Crater Rim Viewpoint rest area make a left onto Road 3703. At 2.2 miles drop a shuttle car at the intersection with NF-300 (the rough road to the upper TH). Continue on 3703 for another 3 miles to a right on NF-450 for 0.8 miles to the abandoned TH. EDT: 2 hours. Description: This year we will use the west side open woods approach to head up to the summit. After lunch we will descend the "official" trail past the hole in the rock and across the saddle. When we get down to the upper TH we will take a right on the road and walk 1.7 miles on NF-380 and then take a right onto NF-300 for 900 feet back to the shuttle car. Distance: 7.2 miles. Elevation gain: 2,600'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 190 miles.