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
May 1: Enchanted Forest Trail to Tick Knoll (p. 3 Favorite Hikes of the Applegate)
TH: Thru Jacksonville and take Highway 238 towards Applegate for 15 miles. Just before downtown Applegate and the bridge, make a right onto North Applegate Road for 4.5 miles to a right on Kubli Road for 400' and then right on Slagle Creek Road for 1.5 miles to the pavement end at the TH. EDT: 60 minutes. Description: Take the Enchanted Forest trail up to our lunch spot on Tick Knoll for views of the Applegate Valley and the Red Buttes. Distance: 5 miles. Climbing: 1,800'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 80 miles.
May 8: Rogue Gorge: Union Creek to Woodruff Bridge (p.86 in 100 Hikes) - Leave at
8:30 AM Hike leader: Francie Skinner
TH: Take Highway 62 north past Prospect to the turn for Woodruff Bridge (Abbott Creek Road / NF-68). Go 1.8 miles to the bridge and leave a shuttle car on the left. Return to Highway 62 and continue north to the Union Creek Campground and park in the lot on the left, just before Becky's. EDT: 1:40. Description: Follow Union Creek down to the junction with the Rogue River and from there continue on the Rogue River trail down to Woodruff Bridge. It's springtime along the Rogue - dogwoods and other flowers should be in bloom. Distance: 7 miles; elevation gain: mostly downhill. Weather Report. RT mileage: 150 miles.
May 15: Rogue River Trail: Woodruff Bridge to Prospect Canal (p. 84 in 100 Hikes) - Leave at 8:30 AM Hike leader: Hank Morgan
Note: On 5/15/19 we found the trail to be in very poor shape. There is a washout just below Woodruff Bridge which requires a bushwhack through heavy underbrush to rejoin the trail. Lots of deadfall all the way down to the Prospect Canal, some of it waist high. And the trail is now completely overgrown in many sections.
TH: Take Highway 62 towards Prospect. Immediately after crossing the canal after the first Prospect exit take a left and follow the unnamed gravel road beside the canal to the TH and leave a shuttle car. Back on 62 head up to the Woodruff Bridge turn and make a left to the TH just before the bridge. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: Generally downhill trail through the woods along the Rogue River. Poles are useful for the uneven rocky section from Takelma Gorge down to River Bridge. Distance 10 miles. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 130 miles.
May 22: Grizzly Peak and Lost Creek Falls Hike leader: Francie Skinner
TH: Drive Dead Indian Memorial Highway 7 miles; turn left on Shale City Road and follow Grizzly Peak Trail signs: 3 miles on pavement, 2 miles on dirt. EDT: 30 minutes. Description: Two hikes for the price of one. We will first do Grizzly Peak and then head over to visit Lost Creek Falls. Spring flowers should be in full bloom; great views over the Rogue Valley. For both hikes: distance: 8 miles; elevation gain: 2,200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 30 miles
Directions to Lost Creek Falls TH: From Rite Aid head up DIM for 7 miles to a left onto Shale City Road. Go past the turn to the Grizzly Peak TH on the left at 3 miles from DIM and stay right at 3.6 miles. At 5 miles from DIM you will see the White Cattle Rustling sign on the left. Stay right until a hard left at 6 miles. At 8 miles go left and follow around to the TH on the left at 9 miles from DIM.
May 22: Little Grayback Trail to Squaw Peak Leaving Rite Aid at 8:00 AM Hike Leader: Dan Stubblefield
TH: From Ruch travel south on Upper Applegate Road to Applegate Dam; follow the road across the dam for 1.5 miles; turn left for 2 miles to the French Gulch divide TH; EDT: 60 min. Description: steady climb across the southern slopes of Little Grayback to Squaw Peak; return the same way; watch out for Graybacks (ticks) Distance: 11 miles; 2,500 feet of climbing. If you don't want to go all the way to Squaw Peak there is an option to stop on the ridge at a nice viewpoint for an 8 mile / 1,300' hike. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 90 miles