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by Tom of the Woods
April 29th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Introduce Yourself!
Topic: New to this website/forum
Replies: 5
Views: 854

Re: New to this website/forum

If you get to Ashland, one option might be to contact one of the mountain bike shops. They often offer shuttles for downhill riders from town up to the ski area or nearby saddles. Or Uber or Lyft .. they just started operating in Ashland. I'd offer ya a ride myself but I'm unsure of availability. Ju...
by Tom of the Woods
April 5th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: General Hiking Topics
Topic: Suggestions for backpacking end of May?
Replies: 9
Views: 785

Re: Suggestions for backpacking end of May?

I would watch out for any trails that have substantial creek crossings w/o bridges. Even at lower elevations, with so much snow up high to melt, stream crossings could be treacherous. If you are considering SW Oregon, you might try contacting the Siskiyou Mountain Club (from Ashland) for trail infor...
by Tom of the Woods
April 2nd, 2018, 11:14 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek
Replies: 12
Views: 5283

Re: Rogue River Trail from Grave Creek

Ah, poison oak. I laugh, I gloat: I'm immune to it. I used to get it pretty bad as a kid but it just ... quit. It requires an open wound now and even then, is less bothersome than a minimal skeeter bite. Ticks ... different story. I don't like anything with 8 legs. Not fond of stuff with 6. 4 isn't ...
by Tom of the Woods
January 31st, 2018, 6:46 am
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: best sleeping bag for hiking Oregon PCT in June/July
Replies: 4
Views: 1487

Re: best sleeping bag for hiking Oregon PCT in June/July

There are a lot of variables. Summers are not all the same. It depends on which part of the Cascades you're in. If you're going clear through, it can depend on which direction you go. The south end can be downright hot and that becomes more probable as you get farther into July. You can have temps e...
by Tom of the Woods
January 30th, 2018, 3:18 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: What gear do you wish existed?
Replies: 19
Views: 2538

Re: What gear do you wish existed?

Excellent! I'll bookmark those and do some research. Thank you ...
by Tom of the Woods
January 25th, 2018, 3:43 pm
Forum: Gear Discussion
Topic: What gear do you wish existed?
Replies: 19
Views: 2538

Re: What gear do you wish existed?

I'm looking for a day pack that combines the features found in several but apparently not found together. I need a lot of organization. The best packs I've found for this are 5.11 Tactical's Rush 12 and Rush 24 but being tactical packs they are incredibly heavy for their size. Next up is Badlands' R...
by Tom of the Woods
January 17th, 2018, 9:39 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: Base for Day Hikes in WA or OR
Replies: 12
Views: 1898

Re: Base for Day Hikes in WA or OR

I would look at the North Umpqua River. The river trail is accessed by many roads that cross bridges so you could car camp at easily accessible trailheads, do a half-day round trip downriver, lunch back at the car, half day roundtrip up river, then move up to the next bridge. It can be pretty hot bu...
by Tom of the Woods
January 8th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: 100 to 150 mile backpack trip recommendations?
Replies: 9
Views: 1091

Re: 100 to 150 mile backpack trip recommendations?

How about a chunk of the Idaho Centennial Trail? It's 900 or so miles. The little bit I saw in the Bitterroots on the ID/MT border was pretty darn cool.
by Tom of the Woods
January 8th, 2018, 11:50 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: June Backpacking Loop
Replies: 7
Views: 1198

Re: June Backpacking Loop

Depending on how many days you want on the trail, I would look at the Illinois River Trail and parts of the Kalmiopsis Wilderness. Both are very dependent on weather and the Kalmiopsis will have very recent fire damage. Those can be pro or con depending on exactly what you want. I would also think a...
by Tom of the Woods
January 8th, 2018, 6:07 am
Forum: Trail Q&A
Topic: June Lake in Douglas County, Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 858

Re: June Lake in Douglas County, Oregon

Awesome!! Thanks for the pix. Any guess whether it has fish? (I know, I'll call ODFW before I go, but inside info is always appreciated.)