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South Fork Lakes Trail

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South Fork Lakes Trail (Trinity Alps, California)

We made another expedition into the Trinity Alps yesterday. These hikes are a bit over an hour an half south of Ashland. We’ve done at least a half dozen of them by now. AllTrails clocks this one in a 4.1 miles round trip which is an underestimate. Our various apps came in at somewhere between 5 and 7 miles. Factor in the elevation changes, my bad back, and my old age, and I’m giving this one a solid 15 miles. 😉

Seriously, though, the Upper South Fork Lake is gorgeous and well worth the effort.

North Umpqua Trail

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North Umpqua Trail

Swiftwater Trail

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North Umpqua River’s Deadline Falls

The Swiftwater Trailhead is the western end of the North Umpqua Trail. The Tioga Segment includes Deadline Falls, pictured above. The trail begins as you cross the Umpqua River near Glide, Oregon.

Wagner Butte Trail

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Wagner Butte Trail (Southern Oregon)

Mt. Ashland from Wonder Trail

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Mt. Ashland from the watershed

Wonder Trail

Wonder Trail

Ashland Pond

Ashland Pond

Or is it Ashland Ponds? This place is Ashland Ponds on Google Maps, but there is only one pond here.

I had never heard of, or happened on, this place after nearly 20 years in Ashland. And I get around, but somehow Ashland Pond never made it onto my radar. We were heading out to do a ride/run on the Bear Creek Greenway, like we have a million times before, when I saw this on Google Maps with what appeared to be a trail around it so we investigated. Lovely spot with no people and lots of wildlife. We saw numerous birds, ducks, and turtles. Upon further research it appears that you may encounter a family of river otters in this place as well.

You can’t get here from the Bear Creek Greenway (as far as I can tell). Instead, head to the end of Glendower Street, through the gap in the barrier, and go down and to the left.

East Applegate Ridge Trail

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East Applegate Ridge Trail

Yesterday we discovered a new trail less than 40 minutes from Ashland. The trail isn’t actually new, but it’s rare that we stumble upon a new trail to us after living in Southern Oregon for 20 years. The trail is a little over 10-miles out and back or five miles if you leave a car at one end. There is a parking lot at each end, although some trail descriptions say there is no parking on the west side. That parking lot (difficult to find as there are no signs on Highway 238 near Ruch) is relatively new.

Heart and Castle Lakes

heart and castle lakes panorama

Heart and Castle Lakes panorama

Snow melt

Gravity

Today’s photo comes from the Elk Meadows Trail hike near Mt. Hood this past August. I believe this is called Newton Creek.

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