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
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June 7: Hyatt Lake to Greensprings Summit
TH: From Rite Aid take Highway 66 15.1 miles to Greensprings Summit and leave a shuttle car. Continue on another 1.8 miles to a left at Greensprings Inn onto East Hyatt Lake Road for 3 miles to the PCT crossing. EDT: 45 minutes.
Description: Walk along the PCT thru flower-filled woods and meadows. Stop for pictures at Little Hyatt Lake. Lunch at the 21 man log. Big views of Emigrant Lake and Mount Ashland. Distance: 7.4 miles; elevation gain: 1,200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 50 miles.
June 14: PCT from Mt Ashland Ski Rd to Grouse Gap RT (100 Hikes, p. 140)
TH: Take Mt. Ashland exit 6 off I-5; turn right onto Mt. Ashland Highway; parking area for PCT is just around the bend after the 7 mile road marker; EDT: 30 min.
Description: Hike south on the PCT to Grouse Gap; turn left and walk about ¼ mile along the road to Grouse Gap shelter for lunch; we should see some early flowers in bloom, especially in the meadow areas. Return the same way. Distance: 7.6 miles; elevation gain: 870 ft. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 40 miles.
June 21: Nannie Creek Trail to Puck Lakes (P. 128 in 100 hikes in Southern Oregon) New Hike. Leave at 8:00 AM.
TH: From Rite Aid take DIM to Highway 140 turn right for 5.9 miles. Turn left onto Volcanic Scenic Highway / West Side Road for 12.9 miles. Turn left on NF3484 (may be signed 3584) go 5.3 miles to the Nannie Creek TH sign. EDT: 1:30. Description: An easier hike along a nicely graded trail to a turn off to Puck Lakes. Puck lake is at 6,450 feet making it one of the highest lakes in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. The trail will continue around to Little Puck Lake where we will stop for lunch. Afterwards, we will continue around Big Puck Lake on a lesser marked trail and through a dried up bog. Then we will connect back on the Nannie Creek Trail and head back. Distance: 5 to 8 miles Elevation gain approximately 1,000 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 120 miles.
June 28: Big Red Mountain Leave at 8:30 AM.
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.