Our Friday Hikes have 3 features (expectations): Moderate pace, Mutual support (by staying together), and Peaceful trail conversation focused on observations and information about our surroundings.
Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sun-screen, insect repellent and rain gear. In winter, bring layers. 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. Coordinators: Elisabeth Zinser, 541.646.6109 and Judy Holy, 541.324.1056. Website: https://ashlandhiking.org/
February 14: PCT to Little Hyatt Lake Snowshoe. Hike Leader: Elisabeth Zinser
TH: Take Highway 66 to the Greensprings Inn and make a left and go 3 miles to the PCT road crossing and find the Sno-Park parking area on the right. Sno-Park Permit required for drivers; passengers should help pay for it. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: Walk along the PCT through the woods and meadows to the Little Hyatt Lake bridge for lunch and return the same way. Easy snowshoe. Good for beginners. Distance: 4 miles; elevation gain: 200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 50 miles.
February 28: Snowshoe Ashland Ski Area to Grouse Gap Shelter: Hike Leader: Elisabeth Zinser
TH: Closed gate on FS Road 20, just beyond the Mt Ashland Ski Area parking lot; Sno-Park permit required for drivers; passengers should help pay for it. EDT: 30 minutes. Description: From the ski area back parking lot take FS 20 for 2.3 miles to the turn for the Grouse Gap shelter. Head south for 0.3 miles to the shelter for lunch. Return the same way. Distance: 5 miles; elevation gain: around 400 feet. Big Red SNOTEL. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles.