Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat and sun-screen. 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 Coordinator: Liz Landreth 707-332-2699. Website: https://ashlandhiking.org
The wildflower walks focus on botany, geology and ecology. On these walks there is plenty of time for stopping and discussion as well as for taking photographs and birding so birders are encourage to bring their binocs. There are no specific walk distance or time targets because the walk lengths depend on the number of species encountered. We get our exercise running off into the underbrush.
So aptly named! It's hard to decide on favorite memories: the crowds of Indian warriors, carpets of shooting stars or the treasure chest of trilliums. We may stop for wine and cheese at Wooldridge Creek Winery after the walk.
TH: Thru Jacksonville and take Highway 238 towards Applegate for 15 miles. Just before downtown Applegate and the bridge, make a right onto North Applegate Road for 4.5 miles to a right on Kubli Road for 400' and then right on Slagle Creek Road for 1.5 miles to the pavement end at the TH. EDT: 60 minutes. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 80 miles.
April 15: Lower Table Rock
TH: Exit I-5 at Highway 62 and go north on Biddle Road past the airport to Table Rock Road; turn right on Table Rock Road 10 miles, then left on Wheeler Road 0.8 miles to Lower Table Rock parking area; EDT: 45 min.
Description: Duration: 2 - 2 1/2 hours; elevation gain: 1,250 feet. Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 50 miles.
April 29: Lower Rogue River Trail: Grave Creek to Whiskey Creek RT (100 Hikes, p. 199) Depart at 8:30 A. M.
Earlier in April the Lower River gorge cliffs were covered in flowers. With the cool and rainy/snowy weather the flowers should still be blooming away.
TH: Take I-5 north to Merlin (Exit 60); drive thru Merlin and follow Galice Road 19 miles to far side of Grave Creek bridge; turn left downhill to the boat ramp parking area and the TH; EDT: 90 minutes.
Description: Follow north rim of Rogue River canyon. Duration: 2 - 2 1/2 hours; elevation gain: generally level with lots of small ups and downs. Weather forecast RT driving mileage: 140 miles.