Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat, sun-screen, insect repellent and rain gear as appropriate. In winter, bring layers. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; RT = round trip mileage; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. Vaccination against COVID19 is required. Coordinator: Joe Senter - 541-890-6995.
February 3: Wonder Trail – Ashland Watershed
TH: Drive up Granite Street alongside Lithia Park to the end beyond the swimming reservoir. Straight ahead to the upper parking area on your left. The TH is across from the parking.
Description: We will stay closer to town and hike up the Wonder Trail to Fell on Knee and back. We will lunch at the plaza after the hike. Length of hike is 8.3 miles if we come back on the trail and 7.6 miles if we divert to the road for the final stretch. Weather Forecast. RT: approximately 10 miles.
February 10: Mike's "All Dirt" cross Ashland hike and lunch Hike leader: Mike Sanson
TH: Leave shuttle car at Rite Aid. Car pool up Tollman Creek Road. Turn right on Green Meadows Way, turn left on Lupin to Oredson-Todd Woods TH parking. EDT: 10 minutes. The route follows these trails: Oredson-Todd, White Rabbit, Mike Uhtoff, below Dr. Epstein's fence, Red Queen, Witzend, Upper Lithia Park and ends at Pioneer Street. On these cold winter days, I sure like a half-day in the nearby woods (watershed), followed by a hot lunch with trail mates. So, you are invited to join me at 9:00 AM next Friday on my "All Dirt Ashland Transit." I will recon it Thursday to make sure we can make it to lunch before nightfall. Something like "Yak Tracks" might be useful to have with you. The route starts at Oredson-Todd and ends at the Plaza, primarily via Mike Uthoff and Red Queen trails. Lunch in the loft at Green Leaf restaurant is fun and delicious. Bus back to Rite Aid shuttle car to retrieve cars at trailhead. Approximately 8 miles/500' gain. Bring a dollar for the bus. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 10 miles.
February 17: Hitt Road and Fell on Knee Trails - Ashland Watershed Hike leader: Mary Kwart
TH: West on Ashland Street. Bear right on Siskiyou, left on Church Street, left on Scenic Drive, right on Nutley, left on Alnut, right on Strawberry Lane, left on Birdsong Lane. (For those with GPS: 42.19372, -122.72768). EDT: 10 minutes. Hike the west side of the watershed. Head uphill on the Hitt Road and the Fell on Knee Trails. Return downhill on the Hitt Road trail. Distance: 6.3 miles. Elevation gain: 1,400 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 10 miles.
February 22: Walk / Snowshoe in the Watershed Hike leader: Mary Kwart
The originally scheduled Moon Prairie snowshoe was scrubbed when travel became impossible on DIM due to the winter storm.