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 5: Songer Wayside Trail at Emigrant Lake New Hike
TH: Drive 8 miles out Highway 66 to a left at Songer Wayside parking. EDT: 30 minutes. Description: Follow trail by sign on tree to left of parking area out along the east side of the Songer peninsula. Five miles out and back and about 330' gain. Views of lake and surrounding buttes. Head back after climbing Little Songer Butte. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 30 miles.
January 11: Viewpoint Mike (near Lost Creek Lake) (100 Hikes, p. 241
TH: From Medford drive Highway 62 past the turn off for the Lost Creek Lake fish hatchery and take next right (Crowfoot Road) 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 area and you will find a sign marked Viewpoint Mike. EDT: 60 minutes. 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 18: Greenstone TH to Anderson Ridge TH. Jack-Ash Trail.
TH: I-5 to the Phoenix Exit and left to Highway 99. Turn right and proceed to Stage Road and go left. Continue on Stage Road to the end and turn left at the T junction on Griffin Lane. Drive past the school and go straight past both Pioneer Road and West Griffin Creek Road, continuing straight for about 2 miles until you see a left marked Griffin Creek Road (confusing but correct). Left onto the paved Griffin Creek Road and it will soon turn into the paved Anderson Butte Road which continues about 5 miles up to 4,500 feet elevation. The pavement ends and there is a sign on the right marked Griffen TH. Continue straight on FS Rd 39-2-8. Do not go left on Anderson Butte Road. In one mile you will come to a big pile of dirt on the right and Greenstone TH markers across the road on the hill. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: The trail ascends through old growth forest to the ridge and along the ridge another 2 miles to the Anderson Ridge TH. Distance 6.4 miles. Approximately 1,000 feet of climb. Weather forecast. RT Mileage 50 miles
January 25: North Elk Creek Park
TH: From Rite Aid head north on I-5 to North Medford Exit 30, Crater Lake Highway. From Exit 30 head up Highway 62 for 25 miles to a left onto Elk Creek Road. A few miles up we will leave a shuttle then head back up the main road to about mile 9 to Homesteader's TH. Here we'll explore upper Elk Creek Park and follow the trail down the creek and then turn left for a mile to the uncompleted dam. After lunch at the dam we return a mile or two to the road and the shuttle car. Note: The area is controlled by the Corp of Engineers who were to have built a huge dam, creating a lake to compliment Applegate Lake and Lost Creek Lake. This was a result of the Great Flood of 1964 and those who have done the Lower Rogue Hike have seen the high water mark, the height of which is hard to believe. A third of the dam was completed before the project was canceled. You can read more about it here. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 110 miles.