Every Friday Hikes for December 2021

Last Revision 12/28/21


Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sun-screen, insect repellent and rain gear as appropriate. In winter, bring layers. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; RT = round trip mileage; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway.  Vaccination against COVID19 is required. Coordinator: John Kerr: 541-630-0026.
Website: https://ashlandhiking.org/

December 3: Big Red Mountain:
TH: From Talent on Highway 99 take a left on Rapp Road and follow Rapp which turns into Wagner Creek Road for 8 miles to a left to remain on Wagner Creek Road which becomes Wagner Gap Road / FS-22. Continue on another 10 miles (18 miles total from the turn off of Highway 99) to the junction with FS-20. Right on FS-20 for 0.8 miles to the Siskiyou Gap TH and parking in the clearing on the right. Description: The PCT winds around Big Red Mountain through cool woods and along some cliffs with a good trail. Lots of views. Near the high point before the trail heads down, turn left on a gentle slope through fields to the top of Big Red Mountain. Lunch on rocks with 360 degree view after touring the summit. Distance 6 miles. Elevation gain 1,200 feet. Weather forecast. Driving Mileage: 60 miles.

December 10: Applegate Lake Loop 
TH: Take Highway 238 from Jacksonville to Ruch (8 miles); take Upper Applegate Road 15 miles to Applegate Dam; drive left across the dam to the French Gulch TH (1.2 miles); EDT: 60 minutes. Description: Make a loop on the Applegate Lake Trail system in a clockwise direction so that we get the uphill out of the way before enjoying lunch on Hal's Point. Distance: 7.6 miles; elevation gain: about 1,000 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 80 miles.

December 17: Cathedral Hills
TH: North on I-5 to exit 55, US-199 South / Redwood Highway. Follow US-199 south for 2.5 miles to a left onto OR-238 for 2.8 miles to a left onto Espey Road for 0.3 miles to a left to stay on Espey Road for 0.3 miles to the TH.  EDT: 1 hour.
Description: Cathedral Hills is a large complex of intertwining trails with ups and downs. Hike 6-7 miles. Ascent 1,000 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 100 miles.

December 24   No Hike; Merry Christmas Eve



December 31: Tallent to Medford on the Greenway
TH: Meet at 271 Staples Lane for a 9:00 AM Departure. Given the uncertainty about roads and weather, I thought we might do something different. We will park our cars in downtown Talent behind the theater, walk down to the Greenway, and off to Medford. There are interesting things on the way and we will end up at Crackin and Stackin on Jackson for their huge brunch menu. 15 different pancake batters and a child's portion will do. Lighter breakfasts available. Good, inexpensive food and coffee so worth knowing about. Then we return to Talent by bus for $1 (every 20 minutes). Weather forecast.