Friday Moderate Hikes for April 2024

Last Revision 4/25/24


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.

April 12: East Applegate Ridge Trail: Depart Rite Aid Parking at 8:30 AM
TH: Head up I-5 to exit 24, Phoenix. Left into Phoenix and then right on OR-99. Turn left onto Stage Road then left on Griffin Lane.  In about a mile turn right onto West Griffin Creek Road for 2.9 miles which becomes Poorman’s Creek Road for another 1.1 miles to a T junction and left onto Sterling Creek Road. Go 4 miles to the 4-mile marker and the trail is well marked 100 feet past the sign. Description: We will hike out and back to a bench overlook, with exceptional views. Distance about 6 miles RT with about 800 feet elevation gain. EDT: 35 minutes. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 70 miles.

April 26: Crater Lake Ranger Guided Snowdhoe Tour

Hike canceled - Weather

Limited to 16. Depart from Ashland Rite Aid at 8:00 AM.
TH: Drivers need a vehicle with 4-wheel drive or all-weather tires and carry tire chains. Take I-5 north to Exit 30 for Medford. Take Highway 62 toward Crater Lake. Just past Becky's turn right to stay on Highway 62E for another 15.8 miles to a left turn into the park. At the entrance, each car will show the National Park Pass (one’s own or borrowed) or pay $20 entrance fee. Then proceed up the Crater Lake Park Headquarters, Steel Visitor’s Center. EDT: 2 hours. 
Description: We’ll meet the Park Ranger. From there, we’ll drive up to the Rim Village, assuming the road is open. The ranger guided snowshoe will not follow a trail. It's an off-trail exploration to learn about the flora and fauna of the area. The route depends on a number of factors, such as weather, snow conditions, people in the group, and ranger's preference. Usually, the exploration will be in the area east of Crater Lake Lodge, partly along the rim of the lake. [Note: If the road is closed (unlikely), the tour will be in an area at headquarters level]. The tour will last about two hours, finishing about 12:30 or 1 pm. It’ll involve stopping to observe and learn, much like Liz’ wildflower walks. We can have our lunches at the rim and then snowshoe on the rim in an area not covered by the tour. Alternatively, we could have lunch at the rim café and gift shop, if it’s open. Be nourished: Have a good breakfast, bring a snack for the drive up, bring lunch in case the café isn’t open yet. Have more water than usual, sunblock and sunglasses, layers for warmth and to stay dry. Safety first: Please stay behind the tree line while along the rim to avoid dropping off a cornice into the caldera. Distance and elevation gain hard to predict with the tour and many stops, but estimate about 4 miles between tour and our own extension, with elevation gain about 400 feet. We’ll be at altitude of 7,100’. Annie Springs SNOTEL. Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 190 miles.