GENERAL TIPS FOR HIKERS


All of the hikes described here are on public lands in the Applegate Valley. Most are fairly easy to access with just a bit of an adventuresome spirit. Although the descriptions are pretty comprehensive an Ashland Resource Area Transportation Map available from the Medford BLM Office (3040 Biddle Road, Medford, OR 97504; price is $4.00) will be very helpful. Another excellent resource many hiker’s use are the US Geological Survey’s topographic maps (topos).  

 

Even though all of these hikes would be considered “day hikes” it is always wise to let someone know where you are going and some would advise not to go alone. Allow ample time to enjoy the hike. Be aware of unforeseen events and that the weather can quickly change an easy hike into an uncomfortable time or possibly a life threatening situation. Check the weather forecast before you leave. Going on each hike prepared with the proper equipment and knowledge can reduce problems and make life a lot easier should something go wrong. Wear the proper footwear and layer your clothing. A daypack will allow you to take a flashlight, fire starting device, plenty of water and some extra food. It also serves to carry to the layers of clothing you shed when you warm up. Creating a pack that is lightweight and provides the appropriate level of preparedness is an art.

 

The hikes and routes featured here are for the most part “new” to the public and as such still need to be tested and confirmed. ATA cannot guarantee the accuracy of the route and trail descriptions at this time. Should you find anything to be in error please let us know so that we may correct any deficiencies. Some of the routes and hikes do not have adequate signage so be alert. Using your vehicle’s trip meter in coordination with the route instructions will ensure your safe arrival at the trailhead.

 

These featured hikes are not on improved or designated trails. There are no facilities like restrooms, phones or water at the trailhead or on the trail. You may be hiking on steep terrain, unimproved trails, old skid roads, and BLM roads of various compositions i.e. this is not “a hike in the park”. Be aware you are traveling in wild areas and respect the animals that live there.

 

MORE TIPS:

  • On some days the valley can get quite hot so a minimum of 2 quarts of water is recommended in the warmer months.
  • Check to see you have plenty of gas in your vehicle.
  • Please do not litter. Many hikers will take the next step and carry a plastic bag to pack out any litter found on the trail.
  • Keep dogs on a leash.
  • Stay on the trail.
  • Cell phone reception is sporadic. You can take it along in case of an emergency but please turn it off and enjoy the experience. Voices can carry a long ways outdoors.
  • Carry a fire starting device for an emergency but use common sense. Do not start a fire during fire season!
  • Ticks, rattlesnakes and poison oak are all hazards of the Applegate terrain. Learn to identify and avoid them. It is recommended to handle clothes exposed to poison oak carefully. A thorough shower immediately after you get home to wash off any ticks and poison oak oils has lots of benefits. Both of these physical discomforts can be avoided with this simple procedure.

 

ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED:

  • Sun screen, hat and a lightweight long sleeve shirt during hot weather.
  • Toilet paper. When you use it, bury it.
  • Multi tool or pocket knife.
  • Space Blanket.
  • Compass.
  • Basic First Aid Kit.
  • Moleskin.
  • Whistle.
  • Poncho or rain coat.
  • Small tarp with grommets.
  • Nylon cord.
  • Binoculars.
  • Camera.
  • Hiking stick.

 

Hiking in the back country of the Applegate Valley is really FUN. Enjoy.

For additional information, please see the 10 Essentials of Hiking by American Hiking Society.

 

ATA would like to eventually have a printable map available for each hike. If you have a GPS and really want to help, please hike the trail, create the way points and send it to us in a format we can use. Thanks.

 

 

Self-Guided Day Hikes