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. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; RT = round trip mileage; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. Coordinator: John Kerr: 541-630-0026. Hike Leader: Rich Stickle 541-891-4067.
February 3: East Applegate Ridge.
TH: Head up I-5 to exit 24, Phoenix. Left into Phoenix and then right on OR-99. Turn left onto Stage Road then for left on Griffin Lane. In about a mile turn right onto West Griffin Creek Road for 2.9 miles which becomes Poormans Creek Road for another 1.1 miles to a T junction and left onto Sterling Creek Road. Go 4 miles to the 4 mile marker and the trail is well marked 100 feet past the sign. The Trail is 5.5 miles long and can be a return trip or a turnaround earlier. 2,100' total ascent for return trip. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 70 miles
February 10: Hike the Greenway from Phoenix to Medford
Meet at 9:30 A. M. at Rite Aid Hike Leader: Rich Stickle
TH: Head north on I-5 to Exit 21, Talent. Left towards Talent and then right on Highway 99 for 2.3 miles to the Blue Heron Park on the right. EDT: 15 minutes. Description: Stroll the Bear Creek Greenway from Phoenix to Medford where we will have lunch at Bricktown Brewing before returning to Phoenix on the bus. Remember to bring lunch money and bus fare ($1.00 for people over 62, $2.00 for the kids). Distance: about 6 miles; elevation gain: about 300 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 30 miles.
February 17: Toothpick Trail to Oredson Todd Woods Leave Rite Aid at 9:30 AM Hike Leader: Rich Stickle
We’ll leave a shuttle car at Oredson Todd Woods parking area then drive up Tolman Creek Road a few miles to start our hike up the Toothpick trail. We’ll take the Caterpillar trail up to the 3,500 foot summit for lunch on the Queen of Hearts loop. Then down the White Rabbit trail to Oredson Todd woods and our shuttle. It will be a 1,200 ft climb and a 2,100 ft decent. Distance about 5 miles. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 20 miles.
February 24 Pederson Nordic Trail Snowshoe Leave Rite Aid at 9:30 AM
TH: Take DIM to the PCT crossing and Pederson Sno-Park just past milepost 27. Sno-Park Permit required; passengers should help pay for it. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: Head north on the Pederson Nordic Trail for 2 miles to the Brown Mountain Shelter. Distance 4.5 miles; elevation gain: 500 feet. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 60 miles.