Friday Moderate Hikes for June 2023

Last Revision 12/20/23

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Our Guidelines and Instructions:

Scheduled for Fridays, year-round, the Moderate Group is one option under the Ashland Hiking Group. It is for those who need or desire a lightly paced, shorter hike than is customary in the other AHG options. These hikes feature an easy pace for 4-6 miles (occasionally 7) and typically under 800’ elevation gain. Winter snowshoeing distances and elevation gains will be less.

We take a leisurely lunch break to socialize and sometimes share a short poem or other form of inspiration (voluntary but welcomed). On the trail, we stay together for safety and enjoyment. If a hiker wants to stop short of the destination, at least one fellow hiker will join. We recommend a hiking pole or two, and sturdy hiking boots. When driving a distance, we may have a voluntary post-hike experience in the area or on our return drive. Bring lunch, plenty of liquids, sunscreen, hat, and basic first aid items. Seasonal items include bug repellent, raincoat, winter attire and snowshoes.

Leave the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street at 8:30 AM (unless informed otherwise for a given hike). Plan a full day, unless the hike location is close to Ashland. Carpooling is by personal choice, arranged at Rite Aid parking. All hikers must sign a liability waiver, provided by the hike leader, before their first hike with an Ashland Hiking Group, which covers liability for any of the AHG hike options.

While the Covid 19 Pandemic is with us, hikers must be fully vaccinated and bring masks for use when close to others or indoors, and while driving together in an enclosed vehicle.

Leaders: Elisabeth Zinser, 541.646.6109 and Kay Simmons, 202-870-3404.

June 9, 2023: Grizzly Peak.  Depart Rite-Aid at 8:30 AM.  TH: Drive DIM (Indian Memorial Highway) 6½ miles; turn left on Shale City Road and then turn left onto the road leading to the Grizzly Peak Trailhead: 3 miles on pavement, 2 miles on gravel with some potholes.  EDT: 30 minutes.  Description: Hike through the woods with some uphill climbing, remarkable views, and arrive at a high rocks overlooking Ashland for lunch. The trail is a lollipop loop, 5.5 miles, elevation gain: 1,200 feet. Weather Forecast: RT driving mileage: 30 miles.

June 23, 2023: Pilot Rock. Depart Rite-Aid at 8:30 AM.  TH: Take Mt. Ashland exit 6 off I-5; follow old Hwy. 99 under the freeway 2.3 miles; go left on Pilot Rock Road, drive 1 mile on a rough, gravel road to the Pacific Crest Trail crossing.  EDT: 30 minutes.  Hike Description: Walk along the PCT past former Pilot Rock parking area and the spur trail to Pilot Rock; stay on the PCT to the Pilot Rock viewpoint for lunch with spectacular view of Pilot Rock. Return the same way. Distance: 5.6 miles; elevation gain: 950 feet. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: about 30 miles.

June 30, 2023: Little Pilot PeakDepart Rite-Aid at 8:00 AM.  TH:  From Ashland, drive up Highway 66 and turn onto Soda Mountain Rd, just before reaching the Greensprings Summit.  Drive on a gravel road about 4 miles to the PCT crossing, just after passing under the power lines for the second time.  EDT:  45 minutes.   Description:  We will hike south on the PCT in the Soda Mountain direction and then take a spur up to Little Pilot Peak.  Much of the hike is through the forest.  There are remarkable views from the cliff-edge rocks at Pilot Peak.  Distance 4.6 miles; elevation gain; 660 feet.  Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 40 miles.