Friday Moderate Hikes for April 2022

Last Revision 4/21/22

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Our Guidelines and Instructions:

Scheduled for Fridays, year-round, the Moderate Group is one option under the Ashland Hiking Group. It is for those who need or desire a lightly paced, shorter hike than is customary in the other AHG options. These hikes feature an easy pace for 4-6 miles (occasionally 7) and typically under 800’ elevation gain. Winter snowshoeing distances and elevation gains will be less.

We take a leisurely lunch break to socialize and sometimes share a short poem or other form of inspiration (voluntary but welcomed). On the trail, we stay together for safety and enjoyment. If a hiker wants to stop short of the destination, at least one fellow hiker will join. We recommend a hiking pole or two, and sturdy hiking boots. When driving a distance, we may have a voluntary post-hike experience in the area or on our return drive. Bring lunch, plenty of liquids, sunscreen, hat, and basic first aid items. Seasonal items include bug repellent, raincoat, winter attire and snowshoes.

Leave the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street at 8:30 AM (unless informed otherwise for a given hike). Plan a full day, unless the hike location is close to Ashland. Carpooling is by personal choice, arranged at Rite Aid parking. All hikers must sign a liability waiver, provided by the hike leader, before their first hike with an Ashland Hiking Group, which covers liability for any of the AHG hike options.

While the Covid 19 Pandemic is with us, hikers must be fully vaccinated and bring masks for use when close to others or indoors, and while driving together in an enclosed vehicle.

Leaders: Elisabeth Zinser, 541.646.6109 and Kay Simmons, 202-870-3404.

April 8:  Toothpick and Gyre Loop
TH:  Turn right onto Ashland Street (Highway 66) and then a left at the first stoplight onto Tolman Creek Road. Drive up Tolman Creek Road almost 4 miles to the Toothpick trailhead on the right. EDT: 20 minutes.
Description:  Hike the heavily forested Toothpick trail to Lamb Saddle. Then take Caterpillar up to the Gyre/Gimble/Lewis Pt. intersection.  Turn left and walk out on a stunning ridge to the Gimble Loop.  There are views of Mt. Ashland, Mt. McLaughlin and down to Ashland.  Distance: 4.5 – 5 miles, elevation gain: 500 ft.  Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 10 miles.

April 22: Jacksonville Trail System 
TH: City parking lot in Jacksonville behind the library; EDT: 30 minutes. Description: Close-to-home leg stretcher on the Jacksonville trail system.  Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 30 miles