Wednesday Hike Schedule for March 2024

Last Revision 3/25/24

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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
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March 6 : Bolt Mountain Hike Leader Bob H.
TH: Take I-5 north to exit 55 for US-199/Redwood Highway towards Ocean Beaches/Crescent City. Continue on 199 for 2.5 miles. Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto OR-238 E and go 1.5 miles. Turn right onto New Hope Road. Go 3.2 miles. Turn right onto Fish Hatchery Road and go 1.8 Miles. Turn right onto Wetherbee Drive 0.7 of a mile until you reach Fish Hatchery County Park. Park at trail head. There is a pay station below and the cost is $5.00. There is also a port-a-potty. EDT:1 hour. Description: The trail has a good mix of smooth trail and rocky sections. The first 2 miles are the steepest part of the climb. After that it is smooth sailing to the top for the most part. About 1.5 miles up the trail you'll see a small spur trail leading off to the northeast (right). Make sure you stay left there and follow the main trail. There are great views of the valleys and mountains around the area from the top. Some wildflowers will also be blooming. Distance: 6.5-7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,300'. Weather forecast. RT Mileage: 110 miles.

March 13 NEW HIKE: Faery Falls and Ney Springs with a possibility of Hedge Creek Falls: Leave at 8:30am
TH: Head south on I-5 for 73.2 miles to exit 738. Take a right on West Lake Street and continue left onto Hatchery Lane then turn right on South Old Stage Road then go right on West A Barr Road for 2.4 miles. Parking at the dam. After crossing the dam, we cross to Ney Springs Road and head down to the picnic area on the shores of the Sacramento River in the Cantara & Ney Springs Wildlife Area.  We then will go back up the access road to the Wildlife area a bit and take the first old forest road back towards Ney Springs Creek and then on up to Ney Springs. From there, we will continue up to Farey Falls. When we head back, we will take the forest service road to the left near Ney Springs and back to the dam. Distance 6.75 miles with 500 feet of elevation gain. If time permits, we will get in our cars and drive south on I-5 for 6 miles and stop at the trail to Hedge Creek Falls which is right off the freeway. We will also go to an overlook of the Sacramento River. The mileage is .62 with a descent and then ascent of 140 feet. Weather report.
The weather looks like it is going to be sunny down in Mount Shasta City this Wednesday.  I am going to suggest you bring a rain jacket if you want to get close to Faery Falls.  I was there a few weeks ago and there was quite a bit of mist coming off of it.  If we hike down to Hedge Creek Falls, the trail goes under the waterfall, so you may want one there, but it likely isn't needed. Francie. 

March 20 : Lower Rogue River Trail: Grave Creek to Alder Creek (p. 189 in 101 Hikes)
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 Alder Creek and back; spectacular scenery, but trail is a little rough in places. You may find poles useful on this hike for both the occasional side stream crossings as well as the rocky up and down trail. Distance: 10 miles; About 2,500' of up on this one; lots of little ups and downs that add up to a good workout. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 150 miles.

March 27: Greenhorn Park
TH I-5 south to exit 773 toward CA-3/Fort Jones/Etna. Right on Moonlit Oaks Ave. Right onto For Jones Rd/S. Main St for 0.6 mi Left onto Greenhorn Rd 0.7 Greenhorn Park is on the left. We will hike the trail system on the Miners, Humbug and Big Ditch trails and then head around the reservoir. 4-5 miles and 620 feet of gain. Weather forecast. EDT 45 minutes; RT mileage 80