Friday Moderate Hikes for June 2024

Last Revision 5/7/24


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.

June 14 – Babbit Gap at Pilot Rock: Depart Ashland Rite Aid Parking Lot at 8:00 AM
TH: Take Mt. Ashland exit 6 off I-5; follow old Highway 99 under the freeway 2.3 miles; go left on Pilot Rock Road, drive 1 mile to PCT crossing on a rough, gravel road. [Alternative for shorter hike: Continue up road to large parking area at TH for Pilot Rock]. EDT: 30 minutes.
Description: Walk along PCT past former Pilot Rock parking area, past a trail intersection, and bear left on the PCT past the spur trail to Pilot Rock. Stay on the PCT to Babbit Gap viewpoint for lunch with spectacular view of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Eddy and Pilot Rock. [Alternative from upper parking lot: Hike up the Pilot Rock trail to its intersection with PCT. Turn left onto the PCT and follow it past the Pilot Rock spur trail to continue to Babbit Gap]. Return the same way. Distance: 5.6 miles [or 4 miles] RT; elevation gain: 955 feet [or 500’].  Weather forecast. RT driving mileage: 30 miles.

June 28 – Soda Mountain Road to Little Pilot Peak: Depart Ashland Rite Aid Parking Lot at 8:00 AM
TH: From Highway 66 turn right onto Soda Mountain Road just before reaching Greensprings Summit. Proceed about 5 miles to the PCT crossing after passing under the power lines for the second time. Park on right side where the trail starts up the hill. EDT: 45 minutes. Hike Description: We’ll head south on the PCT in the direction of Soda Mountain for a few miles to a turn off to the right taking us up a hillside to Little Pilot Peak for a view and early lunch. Distance is about 4.5 miles RT, about 700’ elevation gain. Weather Forecast  RT mileage: 40 miles.