Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sunscreen and rain gear as appropriate. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. 100 Hikes = 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, Second Edition. Hike leader: Keeley Kirkendal, 541-646-8797.
March 2: Squaw Valley Creek Trail - Leave at 8:30 AM
TH: South on I-5 past Shasta to the McCloud exit (736) and then east 10 miles on California 89 to the central McCloud exit. Right on Squaw Valley Road for 5.9 miles and then right on Politically Correct Valley Road (nee Squaw Valley Creek Road) signed for Squaw Valley Creek / Cabin Creek TH for 3 miles to the TH. EDT: 1:45. Description: An out and back walk along boisterous Cabin Creek (nee Squaw Valley Creek) to its intersection with Bear Trap Creek. The trail passes multiple rocky gorges and waterfalls. Distance: 10 miles; elevation gain: 800 feet. Spoiler alert: the elevation gain is all after lunch, but a barely noticeable 160 feet / mile. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 190 miles.
March 9: Mule Mountain - Charley Buck to Baldy Peak
TH: Head south on Upper Applegate Road past the closed Country Club and turn left on Road 20 (Beaver Creek Road), the second left after the bridge. Follow Road 20 for 1.3 miles to the junction with FS 2000. Right on FS 2000 for 2.6 miles to the TH. EDT: 1 hour. Description: This is the new trail to Baldy Peak at the top of the Mule Mountain trail. It was created because a new owner on Upper Applegate Road decided to close the old Mule Mountain trail that crossed his property. It’s a steady up, but short (2 miles up and 1,800 vertical feet), with good views once out of the forest. Thus, a short but tough hike to help get those winter legs into summer shape. Total distance 4 miles. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 80 miles.
March 16: PCT - Castle Crags - North from Dog Creek to Sabin's Point Leave at 8:00 AM.
TH: Head south on I-5 to the Castle Crags exit (724). Right on Castle Creek Road for 3.3 miles to the Dog Creek TH on the right at an old mine. EDT: 90 minutes. Description: Take the 4W18 spur trail 0.7 mile to its junction with the PCT. Left on the PCT and head north on the shoulder of Castle Crags above the North Fork of Castle Creek to Sabin's Point for lunch. Great views of the Crags and the canyon. Poles are useful on this hike. Distance: 10 miles. Elevation delta: 1,920'. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 180 miles.
March 23: Pederson Nordic Trail Snowshoe
TH: Take DIM to the PCT crossing / Pederson Sno-Park just past milepost 27. Sno-Park Permit required; passengers should help pay for it. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: Head north on the Pederson Nordic Trail for 2 miles to the Brown Mountain Shelter. After lunch take the Hyatt / Lake of the Woods trail southwest about 1 mile to the Pederson snowmobile trail. Follow the snowmobile trail back to DIM. Distance 5 miles; elev. gain: 500 feet. Fish Lake SNOTEL. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 60 miles.
March 30: Kelsey Creek to Maple Falls (p. 45 in Best Hikes of the Marble and Russian Wilderness Areas) Leave at 8:00 AM.
TH: Take I-5 to Yreka Exit 773 and follow Highway 3 to Fort Jones. Right on the Scott River Road for 17 miles. Past the Kelsey Guard Station and just before Bridge Flat the road crosses the Scott River. Immediately past the bridge go left on Kelsey Creek Road for 1/2 mile. Do not cross the second bridge but continue straight past the house to the roomy trailhead. EDT 90 minutes. Description: The Kelsey Trail was built by the army in the middle 1800s as a supply line from Crescent City to Ft. Jones. Follow Kelsey Creek to Maple Falls. Distance 9 miles; climbing 2,200'. Weather forecast. RT mileage 150 miles.