Monday Hike Schedule for January 2022

Last Revision 1/13/22


Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sun-screen and rain gear. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; RT = round trip mileage; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. 100 Hikes is 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, 3rd edition
Hike Leader: Rich Stickle: 541-891-4067

January 3: Lost Creek Lake-Blue Grotto Falls from Lewis Road (lot #3)
TH: Take Crater Lake Highway / SR62 past Lost Creek Lake and over Peyton Bridge to a left on Lewis Road down one mile to the third parking lot by the Lewis Road TH. Description: Follow trail 2 1/2 miles to a right before bridge to Blue Grotto Falls. EDT: 1 hour. Distance:5+ miles; elevation gain about 300 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 100 miles.

January 10:Trans Ashland from Oredson-Todd Woods to Lithia Park
TH: From the Rite Aid parking lot drive up Tolman Creek Road about a mile. Turn right onto Green Meadows. Turn left on Lupine to the Oredson Todd Woods parking area. Description: Hike through three local parks as you walk through many Ashland neighborhoods below the White Rabbit trail but above Siskiyou Boulevard. We'll do 6 miles with 600'+ gain and lots of downhill into Lithia Park and on to Louie's for lunch. Note: Masks required when entering Louie's and on the #10 RVTD bus going back towards Rite Aid. If your cars are at Rite Aid please help transport hikers who's cars are at the Oredson-Todd Woods parking area. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 10 miles.

January 17: Lewis Loop - Ashland Watershed
TH: From Rite Aid head west on Ashland Street, bear right on Siskiyou Boulevard. At the light just past Triangle park turn left on Morton. Head up Morton to a jog right and jog left at Ashland Street to stay on Morton. Follow Morton on up to where it curves back around first to the right then to the left where the dirt Ashland Loop Road takes off to the left and continues on up the hill for about 1 mile to the White Rabbit TH on the left. EDT: 10 minutes. Description: Head up White Rabbit for half mile then right onto Caterpillar Trail all the way up to right onto Lewis Loop. Some views of surrounding mountains. Distance: 6 miles. Elevation gain: 750'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 10 miles.

January 24: Lower Layton Mine Trail
TH: North on I-5 to exit 55 for Grants Pass. Follow Highway 199 for 3 miles to a left on Highway 238 towards Williams. South on the Williams Highway to the town of Williams, then south on the East Fork Road to a left (east) turn on to Panther Gulch Road (Bureau of Land Management Road 39-5-2). Head east on Panther Gulch for 2.3 miles (paved, then good gravel) to a T-junction where we parked. Description: At right turn at the T-junction, quickly look for the lower trail on the right. EDT: 1:10. The Lower Layton Mine Trail is a ditch trail mostly level about 7 miles out and back. Can return to Ashland through the scenic Applegate valley on Highway 238. Weather forecast.  RT mileage: 100 miles.

January 31: Sterling Mine Ditch - Demming Gulch to Grub Gulch to Griffin Lane and the New Jack-Ash Trail
TH: Up I-5 to the Talent Exit. Left into Talent and right onto 99 North for 0.4 miles. Left on Colver Road for 2.1 miles to a left onto Pioneer Road for 1.9 miles to a right to stay on Pioneer Road for 2.2 miles to a left for 1.3 miles to stay on Pioneer. Left on Griffin Creek Road for 1.3 miles to a continue straight on Griffin Lane for 4.3 miles to leave a shuttle car on the left near 7595 Griffin Lane. Continue on Griffin Lane for 0.5 miles to a left onto Sterling Creek Road for 2.2 miles to a left (at the trailhead sign on the right) onto 39-2-8 for 0.3 miles to a left to stay on 39-2-8 for 0.7 miles to the TH on the right. EDT: 40 minutes. Description: Head north on the Sterling Mine Ditch for 3 miles to the intersection with the Grub Gulch Trail. Then up the hill for 2.5 miles with nice views down into the valley to the junction of the trail leading back down to Griffin Lane through many mining claims ending up walking through areas of hydraulic mining from the gold rush days. Distance 8 miles; elevation gain 1,000’. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 50 miles.