Wednesday Hike Schedule for May 2024

Last Revision 5/4/24


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

May 1:  Little Grayback Trail to Acorn Woman Peak
TH: From Ruch travel south on Upper Applegate Road to Applegate Dam; follow the road across the dam for 1.5 miles; turn left for 2 miles to the French Gulch divide TH EDT: 60 minutes. Description: steady climb across the southern slopes of Little Grayback to Acorn Peak,
return the same way; watch out for Graybacks (ticks) Distance: 11 miles; 2,500 feet of climbing. If you don't want to go all the way to Squaw Peak there is an option to stop on the ridge at a nice viewpoint for an 8 mile/1,300' hike. Weather Forecast.

TH: Follow OR-66 East to Buckhorn Springs Road 8.0 miles. Drive to Baldy Creek 10.6 miles to section B on the PCT. Description: We will start going north on the PCT for 0.8 of a mile then up to Little Pilot Peak, from there, we will return to the cars and then head up the trail to Boccard Point for lunch. Then we will return back to the cars. Distance 5.7 miles, elevation gain 1,325'. Weather forecast. RT mileage 40 miles.

May 15: PCT from Greensprings Summit to Hobart Bluff (p. 130 in 101 Hikes) 
TH: Drive Highway 66 14.5 miles to PCT crossing at Greensprings Summit. EDT: 45 minutes. Description: Follow the PCT for 3.3 miles through the woods and along the crest to the "Hobart Bluff Viewpoint" sign; turn right 0.3 miles to top of bluff; enjoy 360 degree views and lunch before returning the same way. Distance: 7+ miles; elevation gain: 2,000 feet of climbing; Weather Forecast. RT mileage: 40 miles.

May 22: Grizzly Peak and Lost Creek Falls
TH: Drive Dead Indian Memorial Highway 7 miles; turn left on Shale City Road and follow Grizzly Peak Trail signs: 3 miles on pavement, 2 miles on dirt.  EDT: 30 minutes. Description: Two hikes for the price of one. We will first do Grizzly Peak and then head over to visit Lost Creek Falls. Spring flowers should be in full bloom; great views over the Rogue Valley. For both hikes: distance: 8 miles; elevation gain: 2,200 feet.  Weather forecast. RT mileage: 30 miles

May 29: Aspen Butte Leave at 8:00 AM Hike leader: Bob Hutton
TH: Take DIM up to a right on Clover Creek Road just past milepost 28. Follow Clover Creek east for 5.6 miles to a left onto FR 3852 (not sure the FR # is posted, but there is a sign on a tree on the right side of Clover Road pointing at the turn) The lead car will wait after making the turn. Proceed 3.4 miles to the TH at the end of the road staying on the better gravel road and bearing left when in doubt.
Description: A beautiful trail up a creek, past a lake, and over ash fields to the rim of a giant caldera with a commanding view of Lake Harriette, the largest in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness. We will be shooting to summit Aspen Butte, the highest point in this wilderness at 8,200 feet. It is a partially collapsed caldera (much older than Crater Lake) with many of its walls collapsed. It was created before the latest ice age and experienced considerable glaciation, unlike Crater, which is much newer and formed after the latest ice age. 10 miles, 2,400' elevation gain EDT: 60 minutes, Weather forecast. RT mileage: 80 miles