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
March 6: Lewis Loop - Ashland Watershed
TH: From Rite Aid head west on Ashland Street, bear right on Siskiyou Boulevard, at the light just past Triangle park turn left on Morton, then a quick right on Iowa up to the top, left on Terrace up to the reservoir on Waterline. EDT: 10 minutes. Description: Head up Red Queen, Lizard and Lewis Loop trails up to the summit of Lamb Butte in the Ashland Watershed. Nice views of Grizzly, McLoughlin, Wagner, Mt. Ashland, and McDonald Peak. Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain: 1,800. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 10 miles.
March 13: Crater Lake Snowshoe - Leaving Rite Aid at 8:00 AM
TH: Park Headquarters, Crater Lake NP; EDT: 2 hours. Description: Head up the Raven Trail from the park headquarters parking lot to the rim. The trail is "generally uphill" (700' in 1.5 miles). Return the same way. You will get a nice workout and a wow moment when you crest the rim and see the lake. Don't forget your sunglasses and sun block. Safety first: please stay behind the tree line to avoid dropping off a cornice into the caldera. Distance: 3 miles RT; elevation gain: 700'. Annie Springs SNOTEL. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 190 miles.
March 20: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail: South from Armstrong Gulch (100 Hikes, p. 152)
TH: Up I-5 to Exit 21, Talent. Over to a right onto Highway 99. In 2.1 miles left onto Colver Road for 1.9 miles to a left onto Pioneer. in 2 miles make a right to stay on Pioneer to a left at the T to stay on Pioneer. Left at the T onto Griffin Creek Road for 0.2 miles to a bear right onto West Griffin Creek Road and continue onto Poor Mans Creek Road. At the T, left onto Sterling Creek Road for 7.4 miles to a left onto 39-2-8. Up the hill, bearing right on 32-2-17, for 0.9 miles to the TH. EDT: 45 minutes.
Description: Follow the Sterling Mine Ditch trail 3.5-4 miles till lunch time, then retrace route; great views if the weather is clear.
Distance: 7-8 miles; elevation gain: 200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 65 miles
March 27: Castle Crags to Indian Springs via the Flume Trail ( p. 214 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM Hike leader: Dan
TH: South on I-5 to Exit 724, Castella. Right on Castle Creek Road to the state park entrance. Entrance fee is $7 per car for seniors. Park in the lot across from the entrance station behind the island. EDT: 75 minutes. We are going to take the Flume Trail up to the PCT and then the Crags Trail to the Indian Springs vista point below Castle Dome. After lunch we will go back down the Crags Trail to Bob's Hat trail back to the cars. Distance: 9 miles; elevation gain about 2,000' Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 180 miles