Friday Moderate Hikes for March 2022

Last Revision 3/25/22

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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.

March 4: Lower Table Rock
TH: Exit I-5 at Highway 62 and go north on Biddle Road past the airport to Table Rock Road; turn right on Table Rock Road for 10 miles, then left on Wheeler Road 0.8 miles to the Lower Table Rock parking area. EDT: 45 minutes.
Description: Take the trail up through the oak savanna along switchbacks to the upper cliff. Walk across the mesa past vernal pools to the horseshoe-shaped viewpoint overlooking the Rogue. We will have lunch at the viewpoint.  Return the same way. Hiking. Distance - 5 miles; elevation gain: around 800 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 50 miles.

March 11, 2022: Takelma Gorge and Mill Creek Falls Meet at 8:20 to arrange rides. Depart Rite Aid at 8:30 AM
TH Takelma Gorge: Exit #30 off I-5 and go north on Highway 62 (Crater Lake Highway).  Between milepost 51 and 52, turn left onto Woodruff Meadow Road 68, go 1.7 miles, and then turn left into the parking area (just before the bridge).  EDT: 70 minutes.
Description:  Takelma Gorge:  Hike along the Rogue by very large Douglas firs to viewpoints over the spectacular Takelma Gorge (1.5-2 miles).  Return the same way. Suggest bringing a hiking pole or two because a portion of the Takelma Gorge trail has many small rocks. Following the Takelma Gorge hike we plan to stop at Mill Creek Falls on the return trip.
TH Mill Creek Falls: From the Woodruff Bridge TH return to Highway 62 and drive south about 8 miles, and then turn left onto Prospect Access Road for 0.3 miles.  Then, turn left onto Mill Creek Drive for 0.6 miles to the TH parking lot.
Description: Mill Creek Falls Hike is a short hike (0.5 mile) to Mill and Barr Creek Falls (over 170’) and to the Avenue of the Giant Boulders. Hiking. Distance – Takelma Gorge: 3.5 – 4.0 miles rt; elevation gain: around 100 feet.  Mill Creek Falls: 1.0 mile rt, no significant elevation gain.  Total hiking distance: 5 miles. RT mileage: 120 miles. Weather forecast.

March 25: Cathedral Hills Depart Rite Aid at 8:30 AM
TH: North on I-5 to exit 55, US-199 South / Redwood Highway. Follow US-199 south for 2.8 miles to a left onto OR-238 for 2.8 miles to a left onto Espey Road for 0.3 miles to a left to stay on Espey Road for 0.3 miles to the TH.  EDT: 1 hour.
Description: Cathedral Hills is a large complex of intertwining trails with ups and downs. Hike 5 miles. Ascent up to 800 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 100 miles.