Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen and rain gear as appropriate. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. 100 Hikes = 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, Second Edition. Hike leader: Keeley Kirkendal, 541-646-8797.
July 7: Cameron Meadows / Frog Pond Loop (p. 152 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Take Hwy 238 from Jacksonville 8 miles to Ruch; turn left onto Upper Applegate Road for 19 miles past Applegate Lake; turn left onto Elliot Creek Road for 1.3 miles to the junction of FS 1040 and FS 1050. Sharp right onto FS 1040 for 9.7 miles to the Cameron Meadows TH on the left. Leave a shuttle car there and then proceed another 2 miles to the Frog Pond TH, parking just before the Frog Creek ford. EDT 90 minutes. Description: You may have heard about this hike, or read about it, and now you can do it. From the TH head uphill 2,000' on the Frog Pond trail to a lunch spot in Cameron Meadows. After lunch wander around a bit looking for the Cameron Meadows trail before heading down to the shuttle car. Distance 6 miles; 2,000' elevation change. Weather Forecast. RT mileage 110 miles.
July 14: PCT Above Taylor Lake (Russian Wilderness) (p. 202 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Take I-5 south to Exit 773 - Fort Jones (1 mile south of Yreka); follow Highway 3 for 27 miles to Etna; make a right from Collier Way onto Main Street / Sawers Bar Road and continue 9.4 miles to Etna Summit; EDT: 1:30. Description: follow the PCT along a view-packed ridge crest to the Taylor Lake overlook. Return the same way. Distance: 7+ miles RT; elevation gain: 2,500 ft. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 160 miles.
July 21: Wagner Butte (p. 140 in 100 Hikes)
TH: From Talent make a left onto Rapp Road and continue on to Wagner Creek Road. From the start of gravel continue 2.3 miles to a left to stay on Wagner Creek Road. Continue another 3.6 miles, making a left after crossing the cattle grate, to the TH which is 1.9 miles past the cattle grate. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: uphill most of the way, but great flower displays and spectacular panoramic views from the top. Distance: 10.4 miles RT; elevation gain: 2,800 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles.
July 28: Trinity Alps: Trail Gulch & Long Gulch Lakes (p. 206 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM.
TH: Down I-5 to the Fort Jones / Etna exit (Exit 773). Follow SR 3 for 39 miles into Callahan. Right on Cecilville Road for 12 miles to Carter Meadows Summit and then continue 0.8 miles down to a left at the Carter Meadows Trailheads sign. Continue 1.8 miles to the Trail Gulch TH on the left and drop off the hikers. While the hikers are getting ready, position a shuttle car another 0.8 miles along the road at the Long Gulch TH on the left. EDT: 2 hours. Description: Steve and Maria recommended this hike after hiking it a couple of times. A nice loop hike in two valleys in the Trinity Alps through Alpine forests and past two mountain lakes. Lunch on the ridge with views of Shasta and the high Trinity Alps. Distance: 9 miles. Elevation gain: 2,300'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 180 miles.