Every Friday Hikes for October 2022

Last Revision 9/21/22

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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.
Website: https://ashlandhiking.org/

October 7: Parks Creek TH to Cement Bluff Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Drive south on I-5 and take Stewart Springs Road exit (about 1.5 miles after rest area across from Weed airport); turn right at stop sign, then left onto Stewart Springs Road; after 4 miles turn right onto Road 17 for 9.3 miles to the PCT crossing.
Description: Cross the road from the parking area and continue on the PCT for about 5 miles around a deep valley to a cliff overlooking Bluff Lake. Distance 10 miles. Mostly Level. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles.

October 14: Kangaroo Lake to Bull Lake Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Head South on I-5 to exit 766 (Gazelle). Turn left (south) on Highway 99 for 7 miles to Gazelle. Turn Right in Gazelle onto the Gazelle Callahan Highway. Drive 18 miles to left turn for Kangaroo Lake (clearly marked) on Rail Creek Road. The TH parking for Fen Trail is on the left in 6.8 miles, just before the main Kangaroo Lake Parking. The TH is just across the Road. EDT: 1:35. Description: Climb to the saddle beyond Kangaroo Lake and down a short distance to the PCT. Turn left on the PCT and follow it all the way to Bull Lake. Overlooks include entire marble mountains, Trinity Alps and Siskiyou mountains as well as Kangaroo Lake, Robber Meadows, Bull Lake, Shasta and Mount Eddy. Destination Elevation: 7,080 feet. Distance: 8 miles; Elevation Gain :1,200 feet. Total Ascent: 1,400 feet. Optional descent to Bull Lake adds 1 mile and roughly 300 feet of ascent. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles.

October 21: Seven Mile Marsh to Cliff Lake Leave at 8:00 AM 
TH: Up DIM to Highway 140. Right on Highway 140 for 5.9 miles to a left on West Side Road. North on West Side Road for 16.8 miles to the sweeping right curve where West Side Road becomes 7 Mile Road. Continue and take the next 2 lefts. Enter a wooded Area and look for signs to Seven Mile marsh, the second right turn. The road numbers are confusing but there are signs for Seven Mile Marsh. Jog right and continue north on NF-3334 / NF-3134 for 5.8 miles to the Seven Mile hikers TH. EDT: 1:45. Description: A nice forest hike for 2 miles to the PCT. Left on PCT then descend right at sign for Seven Lakes Continue past several lakes to intersection with Seven Lakes Trail then right for a hundred yards to Cliff Lake. Return to intersection but continue straight to PCT. Left on PCT to right turn back to TH. Well signed.  Terrific view hike with not much ascent. Distance: 10 miles. Elevation gain: 1,300 feet. Weather forecast.  RT mileage: 140 miles.

October 28: Lower Rogue River Trail: Grave Creek to Whiskey Creek RT (100 Hikes, p. 199) Leave at 8:30 AM
TH: Take I-5 north to Merlin (Exit 60); drive thru Merlin and follow Galice Road 19 miles to far side of Grave Creek bridge; turn left downhill to the boat ramp parking area and the TH; EDT: 90 minutes.
Description: Follow north rim of Rogue River canyon past Rainie Falls to Whiskey Creek; return the same way. Distance: 7 miles; elevation gain: 1,270 ft. Weather forecast RT driving mileage: 140 miles.