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.
May 14: 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 Poorman’s 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. We will do an out and back of about 7.5 miles with about 800 feet of climb. Exceptional views. EDT: 35 minutes. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 70 miles.
May 21: Takelma Gorge (Upper Rogue Trail) RT (p.90 in 101 Hikes) Depart from 271 Staples Lane at 9:00 AM
TH: Take Highway 62 towards Crater Lake and make a left onto FS 68 about 7 miles beyond Prospect; continue 2 miles to the TH at Woodruff Bridge. EDT: 90 min.
Description: walk along the Rogue River thru Takelma Gorge from Woodruff Bridge to the Rogue Baptist camp; return the same way; trail is rough in places due to lava rocks. A hiking stick is very useful on a very steep short stretch of trail.
Distance: 7.5 miles; elev. gain: 800 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 130 miles.
May 28: Tunnel Gulch TH to East Applegate TH
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. Continue to Little Applegate Road, and turn left. Continue to the Tunnel Gulch TH and leave the hikers and then position a shuttle car at the Little Applegate TH. EDT: 50 minutes. Description: Trail starts out uphill, finishes downhill. Good views of the Siskiyous. 500 feet elevation gain from the TH to the Mine Ditch. Another 500 feet of ascent to our viewpoint. About 1,150 total ascent and 6.2 miles. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 80 Miles from from Rite Aid to the East Applegate TH where we leave the shuttle.