Lightweight Backpacking After 60 in the Rogue Valley

Planning

2012 Backpack Trip Planning Matrix

Aug 9: updated 2 Trinity Alps trips

Date Trip Trail Sponsor Days/
Nites
Mi. RT Diffic./
Elev gain
Beauty/
Solitude
Apr 24-26 Harris State Beach, Brookings; OR Oregon Coast Trail day hiking Tysen 3/2 4.5 easy 8/6
May 15-17 Lower Rogue R.; OR Mule Creek TH to Brushy Bar CG Steve 3/2 12 mostly flat 10/10
Jun 20-22 Trinity Alps: Long Gulch; CA
re-routed to N. Umpqua R.
Long Gulch delayed a month Mary E. 3/2 7.4 moderate 8/7
Jul 8-11 Red Buttes; OR,CA originally: east to west, w/ car shuttle/exchange;
now: in/out to Azalea Lake
Gail 4/3 20 moderate
Jul 14-21 Emigrant Basin; CA Pinecrest Mary E. 8/5 20 1600′ 10/4
Jul 17-19 Trinity Alps: Long/Trail Gulch Lakes; CA resched from mid-June Steve & Maria 3/2 7.4 moderate 8/7
Aug 1-6 Trinity Alps: Emerald and Sapphire Lakes; CA Stuart Fork TH Tysen 6/5 29 moderate-steep 8/8
Aug 14-16 Trinity Alps: Granite Lake; CA be loop including Bear Basin or in/out to Granite L Maria 3/2 11 moderate 10/5
Aug 24-26 Trinity Alps: Long Canyon; CA Deer L; Four Lks Loop Day Hike: 5 mi Maria 3/2 11 strenuous 10/7
Sep 12-15 Sisters: Short Trip; OR Sparks Lakes, Green Lakes Mary E. 5/3 10 1110′ 9/5
Sep 17-25 Sisters: Long Trip; OR Obsidian TH, Pole Creek TH Alan 9/7 33 moderate? 10/2
Oct Bandon, Port Orford; OR Sunny 3/2
Oct Upper Rogue R.; OR Mary K.

2011 Backpack Trip Planning Matrix

TRIP

TRAIL

SPONSOR

DAYS

MILES

BEAUTY

SOLITUDE

DIFFICULTY

DATES

Rogue River, OR Marial TH — Brushy Bar Campground

Steve

3

12

10

4-5

4 (260’–500’)

10-12 May

Yosemite, CA Hetch Hetchy to Laurel Lake

Steve

3

14

?

?

7-8 (3800’-6500’)

23-29 May        27-29 May

Trinity Alps, CA Canyon Creek TH — Canyon Lakes

Tysen

4

14

10

3-4

7-8 (3100’-5700’)

19-22 Jul

Three Sisters         Short Loop, OR Sparks Lakes — Green Lakes

Mary E.

4

10

10

2

5 (5400’-6600’)

Jul-Aug?

Marble Wilderness, CA Kidder Creek TH – Man Eater Lake

Tysen

3

11

7-8

5

7 (4500’-6800’)

10-12 Aug?

Three Sisters Traverse, OR Obsidian TH — Pole Creek TH
cancelled due to smoke; went to Paynes Lake instead

Alan

8

33

10

2

6 (4800’-7000’)

25 Aug-1 Sep?

Russian Wilderness, CA Etna Summit TH – Paynes Lake

?

3

12

8-10

5

6 (6000’-7300’)

Aug-Sep?

Trinity Alps, CA Big Flat TH — Caribou Lake

Tysen

4

16

10

5

6-7 (5000’-8000’)

14-17 Sep


2010 Trip Matrix (May)

Trip Trail Sponsor Days Mi. Beauty Solitude Diffic. Dates
Oregon Coast Oregon Coast Trail
(Boardman State Park)
Elizabeth 3 4 DH 8-10 8-10 4-5 17-19 Apr
Rogue River, OR Graves Crk – Whiskey Creek Mary 3 7 10 5 4 7-9 Jun
Illinois Valley, OR Briggs TH – York Creek Terry 3 13 10 5 5 cancelled
Marble Wilderness, CA Shackleford TH — Cliff Lake; gallery #2 Tysen 3 10 7-8 5 5 7-9 Jul
Marble Wilderness, CA Lovers Camp TH – Sky High Lake Tysen 3 11 7-8 5 5 27-29 Jul
Trinity Alps, CA Big Flat TH — Caribou Lake Mary 5 16 10 5 6-7 Aug 2001
Three Sisters Traverse, OR Obsidian TH — Sparks Lake Pole Creek TH Tysen 8 34 10 2 6 cancelled
Three Sisters Short Loop, OR Sparks Lakes — Green Lakes ? 3 10 10 2 6 cancelled
Mountain Wilderness Varney Creek TH Loop Tysen 4 20 9-10 8 5 late Sep