Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat and sun-screen. 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 Coordinator: Liz Landreth 707-332-2699. Website: https://ashlandhiking.org
The wildflower walks focus on botany, geology and ecology. On these walks there is plenty of time for stopping and discussion as well as for taking photographs. Unless otherwise noted, wildflower walks are up to 2 1/2 hours in length. There are no specific walk distance targets because the walk lengths depend on the number of species encountered. We get our exercise running off into the underbrush.
June 5: Grizzly Peak
TH: Left on Highway 66 for 0.8 miles to a left onto Dead Indian Memorial Highway for 6.7 miles to a left onto Shale City Road and follow the Grizzly Peak Trail signs: 3 miles on pavement, 2 miles on dirt. EDT: 30 minutes. Description: We will take the counterclockwise loop that goes up and across the burned slope, and then back into the woods. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 30 miles.
June 19: Hike on the PCT Towards Pilot Rock
TH: Head south on I-5 and take Exit 6 towards Mt. Ashland. Continue 0.4 miles past the I-5 overpass to the PCT crossing on the left. EDT: 15 minutes. Description: It's an enjoyable stretch of the PCT off Old Highway 99 going towards (but not including) Pilot Rock. The trail is often shaded with a gentle incline and is absolutely loaded with a wide variety of flowers. We go about 3.5 miles in to a lunch spot with a view and then walk back out. Callahan's is nearby for those who like after hike refreshments. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 20 miles