Our Guidelines and Instructions:
Covid19 precautions: Fully vaccinated hikers; Masks handy for proximity to others; Carpooling by personal choice (share gas $); post-hike Refreshments outside.
Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 8:30 AM unless otherwise indicated in a specific hike description. Plan for a full day, unless remaining close to town. Hikes will be easy/light moderate (6-7 miles when at lower elevations and limited climbing; otherwise, closer to 5 miles). Easy pace. Stay together for shared safety and enjoyment. Bring lunch, lots of liquids, sunscreen, bug repellent, hat). A pole or two, recommended. Feel free to bring a short poem or other form of inspiration to share at lunch, if you like.
Our Friday Hikes have 3 features (expectations): Moderate pace, Mutual support (by staying together), and Peaceful trail conversation focused on observations and information about our surroundings.
TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; RT = round trip mileage; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. Coordinators: Elisabeth Zinser, 541.646.6109 and Kay Simmons, 202-870-3404.
September 17: Little Pilot Peak Leave at 8:30
TH: From Highway 66 turn onto Soda Mountain Road just before reaching the Greensprings Summit. Drive on the gravel road about 4 miles to the PCT crossing, just after passing under the power lines for the second time. EDT: 45 minutes.
Description: We will hike south on the PCT in the Soda Mountain direction and then take a spur up to Little Pilot Peak. Much of the hike is through the forest. There are remarkable views from the cliff-edge rocks at Pilot Peak on a clear day. Distance 4.6 miles; elevation gain; 660’. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles.
September 24: Sky Lakes via Cold Springs TH. Leave Rite Aid Parking at 8:00 AM
TH: Take DIM to Highway 140, right (east) for 3.2 miles to milepost 41 (sign to “Cold Springs Trail Head”). Turn left (north) onto Road 3651 for 10.1 miles to the TH at road end. EDT: 75 minutes.
Description: From the trail head, hike 0.6 miles to a fork and then take a left on South Rock Creek Trail for about 2 miles. Then, turn left on the Isherwood Loop Trail. We will proceed 0.6 miles past Lake Natasha and Lake Elizabeth to Lake Isherwood. We will have lunch at one of those lakes and return on the same trail. (Do not take the trail to Deer Lake and the PCT Crossing.) Hike distance: 7 miles; elevation gain: 400 feet. Weather forecast. RT Driving distance: 110 miles.