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Welcome to the Rogue Group GET OUTDOORS! Information


Overnight backpackers in camp
photo by A. Collinet

Sierra Club Outings were founded by John Muir in 1901. He believed that the best way to convince people to save valuable wild areas was to let them experience the awesome beauty of nature that needs defending.

The Rogue Group of the Sierra Club includes all of southwestern Oregon, from the Coast, across the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains to Lake County. The Group is headquartered in Ashland, OR.

We are very proud of our Outings Program and our Volunteer Outings Leaders.



Outings General Information

 »   You don't have to be a member to participate!
 »   Arrive with adequate food, water and clothing.
 »   If you are in doubt about your ability to complete a hike,
      please consult with the leader before the trip.
 »   Field guides and humor are welcome.
 »   Please leave your pet at home unless otherwise specified
      or with prior approval from the leader.
 »   Entertainment devices such as mp3 players, iPods, etc. are discouraged.
 »   Firearms are prohibited.
 »   Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
 »   Carpooling is encouraged. Riders traditionally share expenses with drivers
      depending on the vehicle, the number of riders, and the distance to trailhead.

Click for additional information about OVERNIGHT BACKPACKING outings.

All participants on Sierra Club outings are required to
sign a standard liability waiver.

If you would like to read the liability waiver before you choose to participate on an outing, refer to: Outings Form or call the Oregon Chapter Sierra Club Outings department at (415) 977-5630 for a printed version.

CST 2087766-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. The RGSC does not charge for its Outings.



Please contact the Outings Leader for start time and meeting place if not listed. Contact the hike leader before 9:00 P.M. prior to the day of the outing. Overnight Backpacking trips have their own sign-up cut-off time.

Our list will sometimes include hiking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing, weather permitting.


Bear Lake

Dates: Mon, Tue, Wed -- June 24, 25, 26
Destination: Bear Lake / Siskiyou Wilderness
Group Limit: 12
Features: We will camp at Bear Lake in the Bear Peak Botanical Area in the Siskiyou Wilderness. Access is about 30 miles south of Happy Camp, CA. The trail in is 3 miles with 1,064 ft. elevation gain. On the second day, we will hike a portion of the historic Kelsey Trail that goes from Crescent City to Fort Jones. This is hike number 8 in Kaffmann's book Conifer Country and features one of California's largest stands of Alaska cedars. Group size is limited to 12.

Grizzly Lake

Dates: Thr, Fri, Sat, Sun -- July 11, 12, 13, 14
Destination: Grizzly Lake, Trinity Alps
Group Limit: 10 - Full - Waiting List
Leaders: Noah Volz and Al Collinet
Features: Grizzly Lake lies to the north of Thompson Peak, tallest peak in the Trinity Alps. Travel time to the trailhead is about 4 hours, so the first afternoon we will hike 3 miles with an elevation gain of 1,400 ft. and an elevation loss of 1,400 ft. The next day we will hike only 3 miles with an elevation gain of 1,600 ft. The third day, with just daypacks, we will hike up a steep 800 ft. and spend the day at Grizzly Lake. We will hike down the same steep 800 ft. the same day. The last day we will hike out 6.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1,400 ft. and an elevation loss of 3,000 ft. Group size is limited to 10. Noah Volz and Al Collinet will be co-leading this backpack. This trip is full, but you can be placed on a waiting list.

Seven Lake Basin

Dates: Thr, Fri, Sat -- August 1, 2, 3
Destination: Seven Lake Basin west of Castle Crags State Park
Group Limit: 12
Features: There will be vistas of the Trinities to the west, Mt. Eddy to the north, Mt. Shasta to the northeast, and Castle Crags to the east. We will hike in along the PCT 3.5 miles with 637 ft. elevation gain to Upper Seven Lake (1.5 miles off the PCT). On Fri., we dayhike out and back a maximum of 8 miles with 1,537 ft. elevation gain on the PCT toward Castle Crags. In addition to the promised views, we have been promised cool and clear mountain lakes to dip into, a varied palette of wildflowers and several excellent campsites. Group size is limited to 12.

Sky Lakes Wilderness

Dates: Sat, Sun, Mon -- August 31, September 1, 2
Destination: Sky Lakes Wilderness in the Cascades
Group Limit: 8
Features: We will take the Lost Creek Trail past Island Lake with lots of Englemann spruce to Pear Lake in the Blue Lake Basin with subalpine fir. Trail in is 4 miles with 388 ft. elevation gain. On day two we will take an optional loop hike on the Cathill Way Trail, which is 6.5 miles with 945 ft. elevation gain, visiting a number of lakes with nice views of the north side of Mt. McLoughlin. Group size is limited to 8. This trip is full, but you can be placed on a waiting list. Participant carpooling opportunities will be facilitated. Costs of transportation will be shared with drivers. Participants will provide their own food. We will practice "leave no trace" camping. More details will be made available to participants.

To reserve your spot and for more information about any of the backpack outings, contact Al Collinet at

There are hikes, outings and activities for our area announced in our monthly newsletter. Go to our Newsletter page to view the current edition of The Rogue Walker. for a comprehensive listing of our local outdoor activities.

Please check with one of the other organizations listed at the bottom of this page for more outings options.

The Rogue Group Sierra Club is pleased to be a contributor to the Rogue River Walk in Gold Beach.

This is a delightful 6 mile trail running along the south bank of the mighty Rogue River, all the way to Lobster Creek Bridge. Thanks to our Outings Leader, Al Collinet, and many other helping hands, this trail is no longer just a dream - it is a reality! Download a PDF copy of the Rogue River Walk Brochure and Map now.


It doesn't have to be the old 35-40 pound backpack anymore - take a look at some suggestions by experienced backpackers (below) - it's time to think about some newer gear and going light. You can be comfortable with a 20-25 pound pack with some easy adjustments, and it's not hard to get even lighter. There are lots of books and websites full of information about how to go light.

Download Al Collinet's PDF checklist of "Suggested Personal Backpacking Gear."

Download a PDF checklist of backpacking gear and food for 2-3 days, weighing about 20 pounds. This list was provided and updated by RGSC member Ken Deveney after he attended a National Sierra Club "Going Light" backpacking outing in 2005 "ULTRA LIGHT BACKPACKING GEAR."

If you would like to make a suggestion for a backpacking destination, please contact Rogue Group Overnight Hike Leaders:

Al Collinet
Noah Volz
Joel Petterson or tel. (541) 226-5249

Backpacking Trip

Plant ID along a backpack trail
photo by A. Collinet


The Pacific Crest Trail near Mt. Ashland
photo by K. Biechler

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Other Southern Oregon Outings Opportunities

Outings sponsored by and links to other organizations in our area:

Cascade-Siyskiyou National Monument Area Outings for June 2013

The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council (SMWC) offers outings throughout the year in the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Area. Click to download an outings schedule or scroll down here

This information has been supplied to the Rogue Group by the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council (SMWC). SMWC is solely responsible for the content. These outings are posted here as a service to our members but are NOT Sierra Club sponsored outings.

The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council (SMWC) invites you to join local naturalists on free public hikes on any or all of various weekend days through June 29 to explore wildlands in and near the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. In addition to learning a bit about local flora and fauna and visiting some nice country, you will also learn about — and see first-hand — conservation threats and/or opportunities in each area.

Important Details for Hikes:
BRING lunch (or dinner), snacks, water, rain gear, sun protection, sturdy hiking shoes/boots, (depending on hike difficulty), a sense of humor and adventure — and embark on a leisurely walk or rigorous ramble in and/or near the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Most trips involve at least a little off-trail, cross-country hiking. All hikes are free and usually involve carpooling.

Meeting Point:
All hikes will meet in the upper end of the unpaved parking lot next to Shop'N Kart in Ashland. There's a Taco Bell at the corner of Highway 66 (Ashland Street) and Tolman Creek Road in Ashland. Behind the Taco Bell is Bi-Mart. To the right of Bi-Mart is Shop'N Kart. Meet in the unpaved parking lot next to Shop'N Kart — very close to the paved lot.

Group size:
Group sizes vary and are up to each hike leader. Space may be limited, depending on the hike. Expect to be gone into the late afternoon or early evening on most hikes that begin in the morning. Ask your hike leader for their best estimate of return time, which they cannot absolutely guarantee.

You may encounter ticks, rattlesnakes, and any other possible outdoor hazard (ill effects of sun, heat, rain, wind, cold, twisted ankle/knee, etc.) on any trip. We guarantee the ubiquitous presence of poison oak on the Jenny Creek Falls trip. You must sign a liability waiver at trip-start.

   *If you phone the contact person, please leave your email. If you email, please list your phone #.
   *We reserve the right to deny participation due to safety concerns or for any other reason.
   *Dogs by prior permission only at the discretion of each hike leader.

Even if or when strenuous, these outings are not intended to be "power hikes" that merely churn out the miles. Each trip includes at least one professional and experienced naturalist to help give you a sense along the way of why the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument's presidential proclamation calls the area an "ecological wonder" and "biological crossroads" — and why the Monument needs to be expanded.

JUNE 8, SATURDAY: All Monument and wildlands fans are invited to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument's Lucky 13th Birthday Party and Soda Mountain Wilderness Council annual meeting at 4:30-8:30 p.m. at Buckhorn Springs Resort. BBQ picnic on the lawn by the creek. Live bluegrass music by Rainy & the Rattlesnakes. Poetry by Pepper Trail. Micro-and-macro conservation updates by Dave Willis and Andy Kerr. For information and reservations, please contact Joanne Miller ( / 541/890-1954). Very, very easy!

JUNE 9, SUNDAY: Join Jay Lininger, wildlands ecologist for the Center for Biological Diversity (928/853-9929;, to explore the Green Springs Mountain/Little Hyatt Lake area with a look at BLM's attempts to road, re-road, and commercially log these forests. This hike also includes the Green Springs Mountain Wild Area and Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves. Mostly off-trail hiking — four miles or so — Moderate-plus. Meet at 9:00 a.m.

JUNE 15, SATURDAY: Join National Park Service terrestrial ecologist and SMWC board member Dennis Odion (541/821-0738; for a hike around the top of Grizzly Peak. Scientists recommend that the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument's boundary be expanded to include this area above Ashland. Wildflowers and fire ecology will be of special interest on this ~6 mile hike, mostly on trail. Moderate. Meet at 8:30 a.m.

JUNE 23, SUNDAY: Join the Geos Institute's aquatic ecologist Brian Barr (541/621-7226; on a short-in-distance but very challenging round-trip hike along the flat Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon (elev. ~3,300') and then very steeply down to the impressive, but little-known, Jenny Creek Falls (elev. ~2,700') in California (and then back up again). The route down to the falls and back is more like a non-technical mountain climb scramble than a hike. Why isn't this area in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument? Quite difficult. Meet at 8:30 a.m.

JUNE 29, SATURDAY: Botanist John Villella and SMWC board member Lori Cooper (; 541/899-1117) invite you to explore with them where Rogue Valley oak savannah meets Cascadian conifer forest (including the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves), hiking from Round Mountain to Green Springs Mountain (elev. 5,225') in the Green Springs Mountain Wild Area north of the Green Springs Summit. The first part of the trip is cross-country; the second part is on the Pacific Crest Trail. Both BLM's Sampson Cove and Cottonwood commercial timber sales threaten this area. Moderate-Difficult. About 5+ miles. Meet at 9:00 a.m.


Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center

KS Wild is an advocate for the forests and wildlife of the Klamath and Rogue watersheds of northwest California and southwest Oregon. They offer many outings and activities in our area. Please remember, these are NOT Sierra Club sponsored outings.. KS Wild is entirely responsible and their policies apply. Click to download a KS Wild outings schedule or scroll down here

Must See Summer 2013 Hikes from KS WIld

Mark your calendar now for these fantastic summer hikes!

THURSDAY, JUNE 13: Babyfoot Lake Botanical Area* - This 4.7 mile hike through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness will feature a wide array of wildflowers. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9am and Gooseberries in Grants Pass at 9:45am.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16: Deer Creek to the Illinois River - This moderate 5 mile hike will explore the wildflowers blooming along Deer Creek to the Illinois River. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9am and Ray's Market in Selma at 10:30am.

SUNDAY, JUNE 30: Wellington Wildlands - Explore a special place in Our Backyard BLM Forests on this moderate 4 mile hike with David Calahan. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9am and the North Medford Fred Meyer at 9:30am.

SATURDAY, JULY 6: Grizzly Peak - Join local fire ecology expert Dennis Odion for a moderate 5 mile hike around the rim of iconic Grizzly Peak, a very special place on BLM lands. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9am.

SUNDAY, JULY 21: Castle Crags Wilderness - Explore the rugged backcountry surrounding Castle Crags State Park. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee at 9am, Ray's Market in Yreka at 9:45am, and the Berryvale Market in Mt Shasta City at 10:30am.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3: Takelma Gorge - This moderate 5 mile stroll along the Upper Rogue River Trail offers a view of the unique geology of the Cascades and ancient lava flows. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee in Ashland at 9am and the north Medford Fred Meyer at 9:30am.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 10: Taylor Lake - This short, easy 3 mile hike to Taylor Lake, a high-elevation gem in the Russian Wilderness is a true delight. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee at 9am and Ray's Market in Yreka at 9:45am.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 17: Middle Fork Applegate - Cool off with a relaxing 4 mile bird walk along this shady, beloved tributary to the Rogue River. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee at 9am and the north Medford Fred Meyer at 9:30am.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31: Kerby Peak - Great views await you on this moderate 5 mile hike to explore a very special place in Our BLM Backyard Forests. Carpool leaves Evo's Coffee at 9am.

You can see the complete KS Wild hike calendar online. For all hikes please bring sun protection, layers, comfortable walking shoes, plenty of water and a lunch. Optional: a camera, binoculars, and your favorite field guide. Call Morgan at (541) 488-5789 for more information and to sign up for a hike!


Siskiyou Field Institute

SFI invites you to join them in exploring the unique natural history of Southwestern Oregon and Northern California's rugged Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. Dedicated naturalists lead you in discovering the unique geology, flora and fauna of this region. There's something for everyone: wildflower illustration, bird watching, rafting trips, youth camps, technical courses and more.

The Southern Oregon Nordic Club

The Southern Oregon Nordic Club is a great group for cross country skiing in Southern Oregon.