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.
September 2: Little Pilot Peak Leave at 8 :00 AM
Hike Canceled - Smoke
TH: From Highway 66 turn onto Soda Mountain Road just before reaching the Greensprings Summit. Drive on the gravel road about 4 miles to the PCT crossing, just after passing under the power lines for the second time. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: We will hike south on the PCT in the Soda Mountain direction and then take a spur up to Little Pilot Peak. Much of the hike is through the forest. There are remarkable views from the cliff-edge rocks at Pilot Peak on a clear day. Distance 4.6 miles; elevation gain; 660’. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles.
September 9: Fish Lake Trail up Little Butte Creek Leave at 8:00 Am Hike
TH: Take DIM about 22 miles to Highway 37 for about 7 miles to North Fork Campground parking pullout area on the right side of the road. EDT: 50 minutes. Description: Fish Lake Trail (FS #1013) begins along the North Fork Little Butte Creek past pools and gentle rapids. At 0.6 miles take the short 300’ spur to the base of Fish Lake’s dam built 100 years ago. Back to the junction hike 1-2 miles through old-growth forest with side trails to Fish Lake. Return the same way. Distance: 4 miles; 100’ elevation gain. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 60 miles.
September 16: Hike the PCT from Highway 99 to the Pilot Rock TH at the Road Crossing. Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Take I-5 south to the Ashland Ski Road exit and proceed to the PCT Sign on Highway 99 on the left just past intersection to Mt. Ashland Ski Road (go past the first PCT Sign on 99 before the Ski Road intersection). Park on the left berm near this second PCT sign. EDT=30 minutes. Description: Follow the Trail 2½ miles through wooded areas and a few meadows, with easy climbs up and down. We’ll hike RT for 5 miles and a total 896’ ascent. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 20 miles.
September 23: Little Hyatt Lake Leave at 8:30 AM Hike leader: Rich Stickle
TH: Take Highway 66 east to the Green Springs Inn between mile posts 17 and 18. Turn left toward Hyatt Lake for 2.9 miles to a road junction where the PCT crosses the road; park. Follow the PCT to the left to the Little Hyatt Reservoir, enjoying old-growth trees. Gather in the woods on the Lake shore for lunch. The hike is 3 miles RT. If we want more, explore the PCT on the other side of the road for a 2-mile RT hike, resulting in 5 miles for the day. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles.
September 30: Upper Rogue River to Boundary Springs and National Falls Leave at 8 :00 AM
TH: Take I-5 north to Highway 62 headed east. Continue past Becky’s and continue driving straight onto Highway 230 (when 62 bends right for Crater Lake) towards Diamond Lake for over 18 miles. TH is between mile markers 18 and 19 at the Mount Mazama Viewpoint parking area. Hike Description: Start out on the Upper Rogue River trail. After half a mile turn left on the Boundary Springs trail and follow the trail to the spring and the massive vent where the river pours out of the ground. Return the same way. Hike distance is 5 miles RT, 400’ elevation gain. An additional option will be to visit National Creek Falls on the return trip. Drive 11 miles back down 230 to a left on Road 6530 and out to the turn off for National Creek Falls. It is 0.5 miles to the falls. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 180 miles.