Monday Hike Schedule for April 2023

Last Revision 4/18/23

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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: 541-326-6108
Website: https://ashlandhiking.org

April 3: Lithia Park Loop
TH: Meet at the bandshell parking lot in Lithia Park.
Description: Start up the Lithia loop and then break off past the Swimming Reservoir. Come back down to complete the park loop. 5+ miles and 500' elevation gain. Weather forecast. Let it snow

April 10 - Lower Layton Mine Ditch Trail (Williams, OR)
TH: North on I-5 to exit 55 for Grants Pass. Follow Highway 199 for 3 miles to a left on Highway 238 towards Williams. South on the Williams Highway to the town of Williams, then south on the East Fork Road to a left (east) turn on to Panther Gulch Road (Bureau of Land Management Road 39-5-2). Head east on Panther Gulch for 2.3 miles (paved, then good gravel) to a T-junction where we parked. Description: At right turn at the T-junction, quickly look for the lower trail on the right. EDT: 1:10. The Lower Layton Mine Trail is a ditch trail mostly level about 7 miles out and back. Can return to Ashland through the scenic Applegate valley on Highway 238. Weather forecast.  RT mileage: 100 miles.

April 17 - Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area (Cascade- Siskiyou Monument) New Hike 
TH: From Ashland travel 35 miles south on I5 to exit 789.  From the exit ramp turn left and head east through Hornbrook on Copco Road.  Continue on Copco road 8.3 miles to the Lakeview road junction.  Stay on Copco road for another 4.4 miles to the Horseshoe Ranch Trailhead which is on the left at Scotch Creek. Description: This 9,100 acres Wilderness Area is the only section of the Cascade - Siskiyou Monument in California. We'll do a 6.3 mile out and back along  Scotch Creek. We should see wildflowers and maybe some wild horses.
Weather Forecast. RT Mileage: 100 miles.

April 24 -  Lower Rogue River Trail: Grave Creek to Whiskey Creek RT (100 Hikes, p. 199) Depart at 8:30 A. M.
TH: Take I-5 north to Exit 71 toward Sunny Valley.  Keep left at the fork to continue toward Sunny Valley Loop.  Continue on Sunny Valley Loop Drive to Leland Road. Turn left on Sunny Valley Loop. Turn right onto Leland Road. Head west on Leland Road toward Sunny Valley Loop 3.7 miles. Turn right onto Lower Grave Creek Road 2.6 miles. Turn left to stay on Lower Grave Creek Road 8.9 miles. Turn right to go down to the Graves Creek Boat Launch. EDT:90 minutes.
Description: Follow north rim of Rogue River canyon past Rainie Falls to Whiskey Creek; return the same way. Distance: 7 miles; elevation gain: 1,270 ft. Weather forecast RT driving mileage: 140 miles.