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
September 5: Mt. Ashland Ski Road (MP 7) to Grouse Gap on the PCT:
TH: Take Mt. Ashland exit 6 off I-5; turn right on Mt. Ashland Ski Road. Parking area for PCT is just around the bend from mile marker 7. EDT: 30 minutes.
Description: Hike south on the PCT to Grouse Gap (one forest road crossing). Probably see wildflowers in bloom, especially in the meadow areas. Lunch at Grouse Gap shelter. Return the same way. Distance 6.8 miles RT; elevation gain of 870 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 30 miles.
September 12: PCT from Cook & Green Pass to Echo Lake and towards Lilly Pad Lake (p. 160 in 100 Hikes) Leave at 8:00 AM
TH: Past Applegate Lake to the T innersection. Left on Elliot Creek Road / NF-1050 for 2.1 miles. Right on NF-1055 for 9.8 miles to the TH at Cook & Green Pass. High clearance vehicles recommended. EDT: 1:45. Description: Hike on the PCT to the ridge above Echo Lake for a nice lunchtime view down to the Lake. Continue past Echo Lake towards Lily Pad Lake for huge additional views. Turn around before the Lake or continue down to the Lake. Elevation gain about 2,000 feet spread out gradually over the hike. 7.1 miles return to the turnaround or 8.1 miles to Lily Pad Lake and back. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 120 miles
September19: New Wonder Trail to Fell on Knee
Directions: Drive to Lithia Park, go up past the Swimming Reservoir to the top of the parking area across the road from the TH. EDT: 15 minutes. Description: Take the New Wonder trail up to where it meets the old Wonder Trail. Continue up the Wonder Trail to where it meets the Fell on Knee Trail for lunch. RT 8.6 miles, elevation gain 1,300'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 10 miles.
September 26: Boundary Springs in Crater Lake N.P. + National Creek Falls (p. 59 in 101 Hikes) Leave at 8:30 AM
Directions:Take Highway 62 to the junction with Highway 230. Continue on Highway 230 for 18 miles to the Crater Rim Viewpoint parking area. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: This round trip hike to the headwaters of the Rogue River at Boundary Springs is mostly flat with about 200' of gain and 5 miles round trip. Bonus! After the hike we will drive back down Highway 230 past MP7 to a left on Road 6530 for about 4 miles to a right turn for National Falls 0.7 miles from the parking area. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 210 miles.