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:Francie Skinner, 541-840-4042
January 4: Ashland Watershed Hike
TH: 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. Starting at Oredsen Todd Woods parking area and connect to he Mike Uthoff trail. Continue on to White Rabbit Upper Trailhead for lunch. Return via the White Rabbit trail to White Rabbit Lower trailhead then continue to our cars at Oredsen Todd. This hike is something that I plotted out on Gaia so please be patient if we have to make adjustments as we go. The mileage should be 4.82 miles with 1,569 of elevation gain. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 10 miles.
January 11: Cathedral Hills from Sky Crest TH
TH: Head North on I-5 for 34.4 miles. Take Rogue River exit 48. Turn Left on Depot Street, Turn Right on Rogue River Highway 99, Turn Left on Fruitdale Drive, Left on Clover Lawn Drive, Right on Grandview Avenue, Left on Sky Way to Sky Crest Trailhead Cathedral Hills. EDT: 1 hour. Starting at the Sky Crest Trailhead hike clockwise around the outer trails. Stopping at the Walker Trailhead then continuing down to the Espey Trailhead then back around and down to the Sky Crest Trailhead. 6.3 miles 1,338 feet of elevation gain. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 90 miles.
January 18: Sterling Mine Ditch / Jack-Ash Trail – Deming Gulch to Grub Gulch
TH: Up I-5 to the Talent Exit. Left into Talent and right onto 99 North for 0.4 miles. Left on Colver Road for 2.1 miles to a left onto Pioneer Road for 1.9 miles to a right to stay on Pioneer Road for 2.2 miles to a left for 1.3 miles to stay on Pioneer. Left on Griffin Creek Road for 1.3 miles to a continue straight on Griffin Lane for 4.3 miles to leave a shuttle car on the left near 7595 Griffin Lane. Continue on Griffin Lane for 0.5 miles to a left onto Sterling Creek Road for 2.2 miles to a left (at the trailhead sign on the right) onto 39-2-8 for 0.3 miles to a left to stay on 39-2-8 for 0.7 miles to the TH on the right. EDT: 40 minutes. Description: Head north on the Sterling Mine Ditch for 3 miles to the intersection with the Grub Gulch Trail. Then up the hill for 2.5 miles with nice views down into the valley to the junction of the trail leading back down to Griffin Lane through many mining claims ending up walking through areas of hydraulic mining from the gold rush days. Distance 8 miles; elevation gain 1,000’. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 50 miles.
January 25: Mt Ashland Summit Snowshoe
TH: Closed gate on FS road 20, just beyond the Mt Ashland Ski Area parking lot; Sno-Park permit required for drivers; passengers should help pay for it. EDT: 30 minutes. Beginning at the closed gate at the far end of the ski area parking lot snowshoe approximately 1.10 miles of FS 20 to a right and on up FS 300 for approximately 1.5 miles to the Mt. Ashland summit. If the skies are willing, we will have amazing views of Mt. Shasta, Goosenest and Whalesback to the south. Both Table Rocks, Roxy Ann Peak and Mount McLoughlin are visible to the north. Return the same way back down. Distance: 5.25 miles Elevation gain: 1,130. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles.