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.
January 6: Viewpoint Mike (near Lost Creek Lake)
TH: From Medford drive Highway 62 past the turn off for the Lost Creek Lake fish hatchery and take next right a few hundred yards later onto a paved road. The parking area is soon after on the right and for the trailhead, cross the road at the back left of the parking and you will find a sign marked Viewpoint Mike. EDT: 60 min. Description: very nicely laid out trail parallels Highway 62 as it climbs through varied terrain to a large rock outcrop with a stone wall looking down on Lost Creek Lake. Distance: 6 miles RT; elevation gain: 1,200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 100 miles.
January 13: Bear creek Greenway from Phoenix to Medford
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.
January 20: Pederson Nordic Trail Snowshoe
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. Fish Lake SNOTEL. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 60 miles.
January 27: Lost Creek Lake - Stewart State Park Boat Launch to Hole in the Ground Falls
TH: Take Crater Lake Highway / SR62 past Lost Creek Lake and over Peyton Bridge to leave a shuttle car at the Lewis Road TH on the left. Return to Stewart Park and follow the signs to the boat launch area and park. EDT: 1 hour. Description: follow the trail along the lake to the bridge over the Rogue. Cross the river and then under the bridge and head NE to the Hole in the Ground Falls for lunch. Return to the shuttle car. Distance: 6 miles; elevation gain about 600 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 100 miles.