Friday Moderate Hikes for October 2022

Last Revision 8/26/22

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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.

October 7: Toothpick Trail Leave at 9:00 AM
TH: Turn right onto Ashland Street (Highway 66) and then a left at 1st stoplight onto Tolman Creek Road. Drive up Tolman Creek Rodd 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 Point intersection.  Turn left and walk up to a stunning ridge on the Gimble Loop.  There are views of Mt. Ashland, Mt. McLoughlin and down to Ashland.  Hike will be 4.5 – 5 miles with an elevation gain of 500’. Weather forecast.  RT mileage: 10 miles.

October 14: Boulder & Little Boulder Lakes (Trinity Alps) Leave at 8:00AM
TH:  Drive I-5 toward Yreka for 38 miles; take exit 773 for a right turn to reach the intersection with CA Highway 3. Turn left on Highway 3 and follow it south through Ft. Jones, past Etna, and past the town of Callahan. Continue for 26 miles past Callahan. Near milepost 67, turn west at a Boulder Lakes pointer onto a gravel road for 10.5 miles. Parking is a bit short of the TH on the right side.  EDT: 1:40.
Hike Description: Take this easy hike in the Trinity Alps Wilderness, gaining 600 feet in 1.4 miles to a fork. Turn left for 0.6 mile a small lake ideal for a break and snack, and a swim or feet soak. Return the 0.6 mile to the intersection and turn left to continue on the main trail for 0.5 mile to pretty Boulder Lake with lovely views across to the rising mountain. Perfect spot for lunch and spending some time wandering about to make the long drive worth the effort. Upon drive home, we can stop in Etna for amazing pizza before heading home. Weather Forecast:  RT mileage: 220 miles.

October 21:  Union Creek to Natural Bridge Leave at 8:00AM
TH: Take Highway 62 north from Medford towards Union Creek. Park in the lot just before Becky's on the left.  Description: Follow Union Creek down to its junction with the Rogue River. Make a left and follow the Rogue down to the Bridge to Nowhere. Cross the river and follow the trail on the west side down to Natural Bridge. Cross back across the Rogue, lunch at the Natural Bridge TH and then head back to Union Creek on the trail on the east side of the river. Distance: 7 miles; elevation gain: 500 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles.

October 28: East Applegate Ridge Leave at 9:00 AM
TH: Head up I-5 to exit 24, Phoenix. Left into Phoenix and then right on OR-99. Turn left onto Stage Road then left on Griffin Lane.  In about a mile turn right onto West Griffin Creek Road for 2.9 miles which becomes Poorman’s Creek Road for another 1.1 miles to a T junction and left onto Sterling Creek Road. Go 4 miles to the 4 mile marker and the trail is well marked 100 feet past the sign. We will do an out and back of about 7.5 miles with about 800 feet of climb. Exceptional views. EDT: 35 minutes.  Weather forecast. RT mileage: 70 miles.