Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Schedule – January 27, 2018 through April 21, 2018

Meet – The group meets before 8 am in the Douglas County Courthouse parking lot behind the old Douglas County Library. In general, most hikes take an hour to an hour and a half driving time each direction.

Bring – Each person should bring water, lunch, layers of clothing including raingear. If you wish to carpool then please come prepared to share gas expenses. Driving time to trailheads and hike length are estimates only.

Be Prepared – Wear seasoned boots. Stay with the group and on the trail. If lost, stay put. Each hiker hikes at his or her own risk and is responsible for his or her own health, safety and welfare. Hiking destinations may be changed due to weather conditions or other concerns.

The hike coordinator will have you sign a SignInWaiver to participate.

Hikes are submitted to the News Review for publication. A schedule is also listed on this website and is often posted on the club’s Facebook page.

Hike destinations are subject to change at the hike coordinator’s discretion due to weather conditions, etc.

January 27Rogue River Trail/Graves Creek: A perennial favorite of the club, this 7’ish mile hike never disappoints. The Rogue River Trail spends much of its time on the cliffs with epic views of the Rogue River. We will turn around at historical Whiskey Creek Cabin, which provides a glimpse into what life must have been like when the Rogue Valley was being first being settled. For more information call Brad Bishop 541-530-7983.

February 10 – Seven Devils Wayside to Bullards Beach: Like long walks on the beach? Then this is your hike! We will be an end-to-end 8 mile beach walk on the coast north of Bandon.  In addition to two wades across a creek, there will be a mild scramble around Fivemile Point. For more information call Richard O’Neill 541-643-3550

February 24 – Pine Bench, Boulder Creek Drainage Area: The Boulder Creek Wilderness was caught up in last summer’s wildfires, but what else is new? Boulder Creek catches it, firewise, every 5 years or so which is part of its charm. The frequent fires result in open meadows and Ponderosa pines, which always delight. The hike to Pine Bench is approximately a 5 mile round trip while those hiking to Boulder Creek will get their 9 miles in. For more information call John Malone 541-673-1973.

March 10 – East Applegate Ridge: This is a brand new trail, just installed last summer. When complete, the East Applegate Ridge Trail (ART) will hook up with the Jack-Ash Trail (our April 21st hike, by the way) and will make it possible to hike from Grants Pass to Ashland. However, rest assured we will hike on one small piece of the trail. The East ART section provides expansive views of the Applegate Valley and will be a downhill 5.5 mile hike and for those wanting a strenuous workout, we will hike as an out-and-back 11 miler.  For more information call Richard O’Neill 541-643-3550.

March 24 – Hobbit Trail: Heceta Head Lighthouse is an iconic spot on Oregon’s rugged coast. But there’s no glory in parking at the overlook and snapping a picture, but there is a lot of glory in hiking from the lighthouse to Carl Washburn State Park. This 6’ish mile loop hike will begin at the historic lighthouse and climb up and over forested Heceta Head before reaching the state park. The return route will be by way of beach before hitting the Hobbit Trail to take us up and over Heceta head once again. Beach, forest, lighthouse: this hike has it all! For more information call Rheo Wheeler 541-677-0799

April 7 – Rattlesnake Mountain: Snow levels permitting, the club will hike to the summit of this prominent peak in the Rogue River Wilderness. Last summer, Rattlesnake Mountain played the part of affable host to the Rattlesnake Fire so it will be interesting to see the damage from the fire. Views from the summit extend from Castle Creek to Crater Lake rim. The hike is approximately 6 miles and is a strenuous uphill walk to the summit. For more information call John Malone 541-673-1973

April 11 – Potluck and Scheduling Meeting at the LDS church in Winston, 340 NW Glenhart (corner of Lookingglass and Glenhart). Bring your own plates, utensils and something yummy. Potluck begins at 5:30 and the planning meeting begins approximately 6pm. We will be planning hikes for the next four months. Please come prepared with ideas of where you would like to hike. For more information call Rheo 541-677-0799 or Dollie 541-673-2365.

April 21 – Jack Ash Trail: This trail, like the East Applegate Ridge Trail (see our March 10th hike), is also a recently constructed trail in the Siskiyou foothill country near Jacksonville. None of us have ever been on this trail before, so this hike will have not only that new-trail smell, but an air of discovery about it. For more information call Lane Harris 541-643-9278.