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 as appropriate. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. 100 Hikes = 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, Second Edition.
February 5: Castle Crags to Castle Dome (p. 214 in 100 Hikes). Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: South on I-5 to Exit 724, Castella. Right on Castle Creek Road to the state park entrance. Entrance fee is $7 per car for seniors. Continue on 2.1 miles to the Vista Point TH. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: Before heading up the Crags Trail to Castle Dome with views of the Crags and Mt. Shasta check out the short side trail over to Vista Point just off the parking lot. Distance: 6 miles; elevation change: 2,200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 180 miles.
February 12: Sterling Mine Ditch Trail: Wolf Gap to Deming Gulch (p. 144 in 100 Hikes)
TH: Up I-5 to Exit 21, Talent. Left into Talent to a right on OR-99 for 0.4 miles to a left onto Colver Road for 2.1 miles to a left onto Pioneer Road. In 2.2 miles turn right to stay on Pioneer and in another 1.3 miles turn left to stay on Pioneer. At the T, turn left on Griffin Creek Road for 0.2 miles to a right on West Griffin Creek Road. In 2.9 miles continue straight onto Poormans Creek Road for 1.1 Miles to the T and go left onto Sterling Creek Road for 2.7 miles to a left onto BLM 39-2-8 (at the small brown sign by the fence corner on the right) for 1.2 miles (bearing left) to drop shuttle car at Deming Gulch TH. Continue on 1.9 miles to the Wolf Gap TH. EDT: 1 hour. Description: The Wolf Gap trail drops 800' in a mile and a half down to the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail across an open meadow with good views of the Little Applegate valley. Once down to the ditch it is a relatively level walk back to the shuttle car with nice views of the valley. Distance: 9.7 miles; elevation loss: 1,000 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 60 miles.
February 19: Ostrich Peak Loop
TH: park at gate about 100 yards up Hitt Road, off Strawberry Lane.
Description: Full loop going counterclockwise around Ostrich Peak; exact route varies from year to year; snow is possible on higher sections of trail. Distance: 8 miles RT; total elevation gain: 2,250 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 10 miles.
February 26: PCT - Castle Crags - North from Dog Creek to Sabin's Point Leave at 8:00. Hike leader: Francie Skinner
TH: Head south on I-5 to the Castle Crags exit (724). Right on Castle Creek Road for 3.3 miles to the Dog Creek TH on the right at an old mine. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: Take the 4W18 spur trail 0.7 mile to its junction with the PCT. Left on the PCT and head north on the shoulder of Castle Crags above the North Fork of Castle Creek to Sabin's Point for lunch. Great views of the Crags and the canyon. Poles are useful on this hike. Distance: 10 miles. Elevation delta: 1,920'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 180 miles.