Monday Hike Schedule for December 2020

Last Revision 1/3/21

3/14/20 - All AHG Hikes are Suspended Until Further Notice

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Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sun-screen and rain gear. 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: John Kerr: 541-630-0026.
Website: https://ashlandhiking.org

December 7: Lithia Park Loop + the New Wonder Trail 12-7-20 New Combo hike. Leave at 9:30.
TH: Meet at the bandshell parking lot in Lithia Park. Description: Start up the Lithia loop and then break off past the Swimming Reservoir to do the New Wonder Trail. Come back down to complete the park loop. 9+ miles and 750' elevation gain. Weather forecast.

December 14: North Mountain, Riverwalk and Ashland Creek Parks New hike. Leave at 9:30 AM.
TH: Meet at the North Mountain Park parking lot by the baseball field. Description: Loop around the park stopping to view Bear Creek, cross North Mountain Avenue to enter the new Riverwalk Park along Bear Creek, cross Oak Street and go up to a right on Hersey Street to the Ashland Creek Park for loop and creek view and lunch. Return the same way, 5.5 miles and 300' gain. Weather forecast.

December 21: Little Songer Butte - Emigrant Lake 12-21-20 New Hike. Leave at 9:30 AM.
TH: Head out Highway 66 to just past the 7 mile marker and make a left onto the Greensprings Spur. Go one mile down that road to a right into the parking at the TH. EDT: 30 minutes. Description: Go up and out the Spur Trail from the lot. Out to the far point of the peninsula by the dry lake shore. Turn right up the trail to the Little Songer cutoff on the left. Go up Little Songer Trail to the Butte for lunch. 4 miles out and back 400' gain. Weather forecast.  RT mileage: 30 miles.

December 28: Songer Butte and Quarry Trail 12-28-20  2 New Hikes. Leave at 9:30 AM.
TH: Head out Highway 66 to just past the 7 mile marker and make a left onto the Greensprings Spur. Go one mile down that road to a right into the parking at the TH. EDT: 30 minutes. Description: Hike 1 - Go out the Spur Trail to the dry lake shore, turn right and go up the trail past Little Songer cutoff about a mile up the backside of Songer Butte. When you get to the rise take the trail to the left up to the summit. Steep approaching peak, poles advised. Can take the downhill trail turning left to complete the loop back to the parking lot.
Hike 2 - The Quarry Trail is out across the road from the parking area. 3.2 miles out and back along the lake shore and through a large marsh. Good for birding and spotting Beaver dens. Six miles with 600' of elevation gain. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 30 miles.