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100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Southern Oregon & Northern California, 4th Edition (c)2019, 2017. (Next printing with updates: April 2021)

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-- #3 North Umpqua River -- The hike described here is fine, but you might note that a 2017 wildfire burned the south shore of the river downstream from the Wright Creek Bridge, including a 4-mile section of the North Umpqua Trail, to a point opposite the Susan Creek Campground.

-- #5 Boulder Creek -- The Soda Springs Trailhead and the first 1.5 miles of trail to Pine Bench are fine, but a 2017 fire burned most of Pine Bench itself. The same fire burned a 2-mile stretch of the north shore of the North Umpqua River opposite Boulder Flat Campground, including the North Umpqua Trail there.

-- #6 Twin Lakes -- A 2017 wildfire burned the trailhead and most of the area of this hike, although patches of green remain, especially near the lakes. The old shelter at Large Twin survived the fire but the 1995 Little Twin Shelter did not, and was dismantled.

-- #7 Fish Lake -- Fish Lake is fine, but a 2017 wildfire burned Highrock Mountain, Highrock Meadow, and the upper 3 miles of the trail from Fish Lake to Highrock Meadow.

-- #11 Lemolo Falls -- A much shorter route to this waterfall is now feasible because the roads to the south have been upgraded. As described in the last paragraph of "Other Options", drive Road 800 for 1.6 miles. At a pointer for Lemolo Falls, turn right for 0.3 mile to road's end at the trailhead. From there it's a 0.4-mile hike to the junction near the top of the falls.

-- #20-29 -- Crater Lake National Park. The park's entrance fee is now $30/car for a 7-day pass or $55 for an annual pass.

-- #24 Cleetwood Cove & Wizard Island -- The standard Crater Lake boat tour now costs $44 per adult and $30 for children age 3-12. Infants under age 3 are not allowed. Half of the available tickets can be booked online in advance at www.travelcraterlake.com under "Things To Do." The other half are held for same-day sales at the Crater Lake Lodge front desk, the Mazama Village camp registration desk, or the Cleetwood Cove trailhead kiosk. A couple of the scheduled daily lake tours include a stopover on Wizard Island; tickets for these trips are $55 per adult and $37 for kids. There are also a few direct Wizard Island shuttles each day that do not include the larger lake tour; tickets for these trips are $28 for adults and $18 for children age 3-12.  

-- #34 Union Creek -- The middle portion of this trail is still blocked by blowdown trees from a winter storm in 2015. The upper trailhead and the upper route to Union Creek Falls are clear. The further you hike up from the lower trailhead at the Union Creek Resort, however, the worse the trail becomes, so it's hard to get to the 8-foot falls at the 3.3-mile mark. The trail is high on the list of clearing projects for the Forest Service, however, and should be reopened to easy travel in 2018.

-- #35 Abbott Butte -- A 2017 wildfire burned the trailhead and the first 2.5 miles of this hike, opening up ridgetop views. Abbott Butte, the lookout, and Elephanthead Pond remain as before.

-- #36 Hershberger Mountain -- This peak was at the center of a large 2017 wildfire that burned from the edge of Rabbit Ears to Pup Prairie and Highrock Meadow, but the historic lookout building itself survived intact. Cripple Camp's shelter and meadow are just outside the burned area. Trails in the area will need to be cleared, and may not reopen until the fall of 2018.

-- #37 Muir Creek -- Heavy grazing by a large herd of cattle in late summer has created lots of confusing side trails in the Hummingbird Meadows area. The trail to Buck Meadow is still there, but it takes some route finding. Also note that Google and DeLorme incorrectly show Road 6560 as "2734", although the sign at the Highway 230 turnoff says "6560". Do not trust a GPS navigation system to get you to remote trailheads. People have died following car navigation systems in remote areas of Southern and Eastern Oregon.

-- #40 Seven Lakes East -- The road mentioned in the driving directions of the 2017 printing as "Road 3100" is actually Road 3300. It's mentioned in the middle of the third paragraph.

-- #44 Sky Lakes via Cold Springs -- A 2017 wildfire burned about 2 miles of the South Rock Creek Trail and a smaller portion of the Cold Springs Trail. The Cold Springs Trailhead and the Heavenly Twin Lakes are on the edge of the burned area.

-- #49 Mountain Lakes -- The turnoff from Highway 140 for this hike is between mileposts 47 and 48 (not 46 and 47), and there is no longer a large brown pointer here for the Varney Creek Trailhead. Just turn onto Road 3637 for 1.8 miles. Then, at a junction that does have a Varney Creek pointer, turn left onto Road 3664 to its end.

-- #58 Siskiyou Gap -- The GPS coordinates for finding the mine are off by several hundred feet. The correct location of the dead tree and cable above the mine is 42.0613 -122.84. The rest of the description in the book for walking to this location is correct.

-- #65 Red Buttes -- A 2017 wildfire burned the trailhead at Cook and Green Pass and the first 2 miles of the Pacific Crest Trail toward Red Buttes, but did not reach Echo Lake or the Lilypad Lake area. The same fire burned over nearly all of the access road from Applegate Lake and the entire Cook and Green Trail.

-- #66 Frog Pond -- The fires of 2017 spared the Frog Pond Loop, but did burn along a 3-mile stretch of the Middle Fork Applegate River upstream of the trailhead on Road 1035 (which also burned). Many large trees survived.

-- #67 Azalea Lake -- a 2017 wildfire burned almost all of the area within a mile of Azalea Lake, but did leave a patch of green on the lakeshore near an inlet creek. Another possible destination for this hike would be Phantom Meadows; a new user trail descends from the pass above the meadow 0.2 mile down to the meadow itself. When driving to the trailhead for this hike, note that there is a final confusing fork in the access road. When you turn right onto "rough, rocky" Road 800, keep left on this rough track for 0.6 mile to the turnaround at road's end. Vandals have destroyed the trailhead sign that once stood here.

-- #69 Grayback Mountain -- The 2017 Creedence Fire burned as far north as O'Brien Creek and Grayback Meadows, but did not reach the Grayback Snow Shelter or most of the trail.

-- #71 Oregon Caves -- The Chateau hotel is closed until 2021 for repairs and renovation.

-- #78 Babyfoot Lake -- The Babyfoot Lake area did not burn in the 2018 Klondike Fire, but the access road was the boundary of the fire zone, so it is likely to remain closed until the summer of 2019.

-- #79 Eight Dollar Mountain -- This area did not burn in the 2018 Klondike Fire, but the access road was closed in the summer of 2018, and may remain closed until the spring of 2019.

-- #80 Illinois River Beaches -- The Kerby Flat and Star Flat areas did not burn in the 2018 Klondike Fire, but the other areas on the lower Illinois River did. The access road to the entire area is closed, probably until the spring of 2019.

-- #81 Illinois River Trail -- 
 This hike is no longer recommended. This entire area burned in the 2018 fire, and most of it had burned in the 2002 fire as well. The access road and trail are likely to remain closed throughout 2019. Even when open, the access road is so awful that high-clearance vehicles have been known to do wheelies over ruts.

-- #82 Grants Pass Nature Trails -- The Limpy Creek area was on the edge of the 2018 burn and will remain closed until at least the summer of 2019. The Waters Creek area did not burn, but the access was closed for firefighter access. It should reopen in the spring of 2019. The Cathedral Hills and Dollar Mountain areas were not affected and are open.

-- #83 Taylor Creek -- All of the Taylor Creek area burned in 2018, so all of the trails in this area are closed, probably until the fall of 2019.

-- #99 Black Butte -- As of August 2017, a rockslide 1.5 miles up the trail has left loose boulders on a steep slope. Adventurous hikers can cross the area, but only at their own risk. It's unclear when the Forest Service might repair the slide damage because it will be expensive and will be prone to similar damage in the future.

-- #108 Illahee Rock -- A 2017 wildfire burned over Illahee Rock, but not Wild Rose Point or Harding Butte.

-- #114 Cougar Butte -- The route of this trail burned in a 2017 wildfire.

-- #129 Stuart Falls -- The entire area around Stuart Falls, Red Blanket Creek, and McKie Meadow burned in 2017, but left patches of green, especially near creeks and falls. If you are hiking in from the Lodgepole Picnic Area, the trail across Pumice Flat is unburned, but the PCT to the south and the trail down to Stuart Falls are in the fire zone.

-- #126 Golden Stairs -- The entire 4.3-mile route of this trail burned in 2017. The tread was in poor condition to begin with and now will require reconstruction. It may not reopen for years.

-- #130 Upper Rogue River Trail -- Fire, wind, and snow blocked much of this trail with fallen trees. Trail crews have reopened much of the route, but the 3.9-mile section between the (dismantled) Hamaker Campground and Rough Rider Falls was still blocked by a lot of logs in June 2019. The 2.2 miles between No Name Falls and Rough Rider Falls was particularly bad. Here's hoping the Forest Service and the Siskiyou Mountain Club can get this important and beautiful section of the trail open before too long!

-- #132 McKie Meadow -- The trailhead and the first 0.8 mile of the trail are fine, but all the rest of the area covered by this large loop hike burned in 2017.

-- #135 South Fork Rogue River -- Lack of maintenance has often been a problem here. In June 2020 there were a hundred trees down across the trail, and the path was crowded with huckleberry bushes. It is still hikable, but requires a bit more gumption. Big Ben Campground appears to have been removed, and the spur trail leading to it is gone. 

-- #146 Roxy Ann Peak -- Trail upgrades at Prescott Park make a 3.8-mile loop hike at this sparsely wooded butte overlooking Medford more attractive, and road improvements simplify access. From Medford exit #30 of Interstate 5, heed Biddle Road signs to follow Biddle Road south alongside the freeway 0.8 mile. Turn left on E. McAndrews Road for 5.2 miles, keeping straight when the road changes names to Hillcrest Road. At a sign for Prescott Park turn left on Roxy Ann Road for 0.2 mile of pavement and another 1.1 mile of gravel to a long parking pullout on the right just before the park's second gate (which is locked each evening). Walk past the gate up the road 0.2 mile and turn right on the Madrone Trail 0.3 mile to a fork. For the recommended loop, turn left on the Oak Trail for 0.5 mile, and turn right on the Ponderosa Trail 1 mile to the summit of Roxy Ann Peak (also accessible by car on a rough steep road). Then walk down the road 300 feet and turn right on the Manzanita Trail for 1.3 miles to return to the Madrone Trail connector down to your car.

-- #152 Cook and Green Loop -- The trailhead and the entire area covered by the 15.5-mile trail loop burned in 2017. Some large trees and patches of unburnt forest remain.

-- #165 Chetco River -- The access road, trailhead, and 5.1-mile road/trail up to Chetco Pass all burned in a 2018 fire. The rest of the trail -- the final 1.5 miles of the ancient road-track down to the Chetco River ford -- burned in 2017, as did everything for miles to the west. The entire area had also burned in the 2002 Biscuit Fire. The three fires did not burn every tree, leaving some large older trees intact.

-- #166 Pearsoll Peak Lookout -- The access road to this trail burned in 2018 and may be closed until 2020. The trail from Chetco Pass up to the lookout was the border of the 2018 fire, so it saw some damage as well. The fire lookout itself survived, but remains closed to the public. The lookout had just been restored by the Sand Mountain Society in 2017.\

-- #167-171 Shan Creek, Briggs Creek, Dutchy Creek, York Butte, and Indian Mary Park -- all of this area burned in a 2018 fire. Indian Mary Park reopened quickly because it is a popular launch site for Rogue River rafters, but all of the other trailheads and trails in this area are likely to remain closed until 2020.

-- Jack-Ash Trail -- 5.3 miles of newly built trail are open as of 2018 to hikers, horses, and mountain bikers as part of a planned 60-mile route through the hills from Jacksonville to Ashland. The new trail makes possible a 38-mile loop on the Sterling Ditch Trail, ideal for equestrians. But for a 3-mile hiker-friendly loop with great views and wildflowers, hike from the Anderson Ridge Trailhead to Anderson Butte. This route is described in the 2019 version of "100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Southern Oregon & Northern California."

-- East Applegate Ridge Trail -- A 5.6-mile segment of this ambitiously planned route along the ridgecrest between the Rogue River and Applegate valleys has opened to hikers and mountain bikers as of late 2017. Expect meadowed slopes, a rough narrow tread, and panoramic views across relatively dry hills. The BLM has signed the new trail's eastern trailhead. To find it, drive paved Sterling Creek Road south of Jacksonville to the 4-mile marker to the spur on the right. The western trailhead is on Highway 238, halfway between Jacksonville and Ruch. Although it is now open, it isn't expected to have signage and parking until late 2018. The 5.6-mile trail is expected to be improved to allow equestrians by late 2018. Plans for the Applegate Ridge Trail would eventually connect Cathedral Hills Park in Grants Pass with Jacksonville and Ashland. For maps and info, check www.applegatetrails.org or 
https://www.blm.gov/visit/east-applegate-ridge-trail .

-- Fish Hatchery Nature Loop -- An easy 1.5-mile loop from a Josephine County Park picnic area on the Applegate River visits sites with wildflowers and history. Expect a $5-per-car parking fee. From downtown Grants Pass, drive south across the Rogue River bridge and go straight onto Highway 238, following signs for Murphy. After 1.5 miles turn right on New Hope Road. In another 3.1 miles, turn right on Fish Hatchery Road. After 1.8 miles turn right on Wetherbee Drive. If you miss this turn you'll cross the Applegate River on a bridge. After 0.7 mile on Wetherbee Drive, turn downhill to the left to a parking area for the county park's riverside picnic area. A fee box at the entrance to teh parking area has envelopes for paying the $5-per-car parking fee here. At the far right-hand end of the parking area, walk past a yellow gate to a signboard where the nature trail begins. Start to the right and follow signs for 1.5 miles to return.

-- Bolt Mountain Trail -- This 3.2-mile non-motorized trail climb gains 1040 feet to a viewpoint overlooking Grants Pass and the Applegate River Valley. Start by driving to the Fish Hatchery Nature Loop described above. The two trails do not connect, so park at the Bolt Mount Trailhead where Wetherbee Road ends, just before the entrance road leads down to the Fish Hatchery Park picnic area. The trail starts on an old road bed, passes an abandoned mine, and climbs through Jeffrey pine woods to the summit. An unofficial trail continues to Stringer Gap, where concrete barricades block motor vehicles from the trail.

100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Southern Oregon, 3rd Edition (c)2015, 2014. (All of these changes have been incorporated in the Fourth edition)

        -- Crater Lake Trail Plan 2015

-- Introduction -- Finally, there is a hiking club for this corner of Oregon! Founded in 2013, the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club  (http://www.friendsoftheumpqua.org/club_info.htm) goes on a hike every other Saturday. Usually they meet at 8am at the Douglas County Courthouse parking lot behind the library in Roseburg's downtown. Dues are $5 a year. Every three months they hold a potluck to plan the coming quarter's hiking schedule. For information, contact the club president Rheo Wheeler at 541-677-0799.

-- #1 North Bank Habitat -- The "West Access" trailhead has been renamed the "West Entrance." It will be reconstructed in June 2017 with a new parking area, landscaping, and a vault toilet.

-- #2 Fall Creek Falls -- The Indian Mounds Trail above Susan Creek Falls has been closed and removed. The "Tioga Trailhead" and all of Swiftwater County Park at the western end of the North Umpqua Trail have been turned over to the BLM, who have fixed things up and renamed it the Swiftwater Trailhead. The new Tioga Footbridge across the North Umpqua River, half a mile west of the Susan Creek Picnic Area, makes access to this section of the North Umpqua Trail much easier. A barrier-free connecting trail from the bridge extends along the north shore of the river east 1.2 miles to the Susan Creek Campground. 

-- #4 Little River Waterfalls -- A bridge washed out on the trail to Wolf Creek Falls in the winter of 2015-16, closing that trail after about a quarter mile. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the fall of 2016. In the meantime, all of the other waterfall hikes in his area are open.

-- #7 Boulder Creek -- The fish ladder construction project at the trailhead is finally completed (spring 2014), so you can once again drive to the Soda Springs Trailhead. The Perry Butte Trail off to the side of the main trail has been abandoned for many years, and is all but unfindable. Likewise, the uppermost 5 miles of the Boulder Creek Trail (from Spring Creek to Rd 3810) have not been maintained since a fire went through there, so that portion of the trail is clogged with logs and all but unfindable.

-- #9 Fish Lake -- Be warned that the longer loop via Rocky Ridge ends with a trail that is so unfindably overgrown that it will be easier to bushwhack until maintenance is done. (Conditions still awful in July 2017.) The fourth edition of the book includes the warning: "
“The final 3.2 miles to your car descends through partially burned woods on a rougher, brushier trail. Be aware that this final portion of the loop is unmaintained and hard to find.”
-- #11 Umpqua Hot Springs -- Dogs must be on leash. Camping is banned within 1.5 miles. All night-time use is prohibited. 

-- #12 Toketee and Watson Falls -- Dogs must be on leash.

-- #13 Lemolo Falls -- The trailhead for Warm Springs Falls is now well marked, and the viewpoint of the falls has a nice railed viewing platform. As for the "Other Options" southern access to Lemolo Falls: the access road has been cleared. The footbridge below Lemolo Falls was destroyed by a tree.

-- #19 Diamond Lake -- Waterskiing is not allowed on Diamond Lake.

-- #21-30 Crater Lake National Park -- The national park's entrance fee increased from $10 to $15 per car in 2015. The fee will still be valid for an entire week. The fee is likely to increase to $20 in a few years.

-- #22 Park Headquarters -- Dogs are now allowed on leash the Lady of the Woods Trail, but not the Castle Crest Wildflower Loop.

-- #21 Boundary Springs -- This trail reopened in August 2016 after a 2015 fire burned about half of the trees along the entire route.

-- #26 Wizard Island -- The boat rides have increased sharply in price. Expect to pay $37 for adults and $25 for kids under 12 -- and expect an added $15 fee if you get off at Wizard Island. The only boat that stops at Wizard Island leaves at 9:30am. Hikers may return either at 2:30pm or 5pm. The boat tours run early July to mid-September.

-- #30 Annie Creek & Godfrey Glen. Dogs are now allowed on leash on the Godfrey Glen trail, but are still banned at Annie Creek.

-- #33 Lost Creek Lake -- In "Other Hiking Options" I say that the upper Rogue River Trail peters out 4.7 miles up from Lost Creek Lake. Actually, according to alert hiker Michelle Renfro, the trail now continues up the embankment towards Mill Creek Drive and comes out first on a Pacific Power access road that then leads to Mill Creek Drive. From there you walk past the Pacific Power compound and the trail reappears on the right/river side of the road. The trail then parallels the road until it starts downhill through a rocky area and ties into the Mill Creek Falls trail right at the stunning Barr Creek falls. This trail is heavily used and can be followed to a large paved trailhead. From the trailhead the trail continues to parallel Mill Creek Dr about a half a mile until you reach a bridge over the river. At this point you must cross the road where the trail takes off again along the river through an area logged about 10 years ago. Follow the trail to Hwy 62 at another bridge, at this point you cross the road and find a small parking area on the north side of the river. The trail continues from there up towards the north fork dam, which is at the end of the road referred to in the book as the gravel road beside a canal.

-- #34 Takelma Gorge -- The trailhead at the Woodruff Bridge Picnic Area is now a parking pullout on the left side of Road 68 immediately before the bridge. The picnic area's old loop road is closed, and the picnic area is now a walk-in site. 

-- #37 Abbott Butte -- The trailhead sign is missing at the pass on Road 68. Park at the pullout on the right just after a sign, "Be Careful With Fire." The lookout cabin atop the tower has collapsed, but the tower itself is still there, and so is the cabin underneath the tower.

-- #38 Hershberger Mountain -- The lookout building is no longer open to the public. It is locked when it is not in use by fire lookout staff.

-- #40 Muir Creek -- The main hike's description is fine, but if you tackle the 15.5-mile backpacking loop in the "Other Options" section, note that logging Road 760 is abandoned and no longer hikable for the section between Roads 700 and 900. Instead, when you reach Road 700, follow it left. Near road's end, turn right on OHV Road 21, which descends 1.3 miles to Road 900. From there you can bushwhack downhill 0.3 mile to the Muir Creek Trail to complete the loop.

-- #42 Upper Rogue River -- One mile of trail from Rough Rider Falls to the west remains clogged with fallen trees from a 2015 wildfire. The Forest Service hopes to clear this final section in 2017 or 2018, but until then, the Upper Rogue Trail is essentially impassable here. The start of the hiking trail is confused by a much larger and more obvious trail for motorized vehicles. The hiking trail branches off to the right of the OHV route. 

-- #42 Stuart Falls -- The trail to Red Blanket Falls from this trailhead is STILL closed by a landslide in a burned area, after several years. Adventurous souls could cross the slide, but it is not recommended, and the trail has become so blocked with blowdown logs that it is abandoned. The Forest Service recommends starting this hike in the national park on the Pumice Flat Trail from the Lodgepole Picnic Area, and so do I. The first 3 miles of that route to Stuart Falls are boring, but the final 3 have been rerouted along a fairly scenic ridge.

-- #44 Seven Lakes East -- A missing bridge over a creek between Nicholson Road and Road 3334 has closed the traditional access route from Fort Klamath. If you are coming from that direction, here's the detour: Take Nicholson Road west from Fort Klamath 2.5 miles, turn left on Hackler Road for 2.6 miles, turn right on Sevenmile Road 2 miles, and turn right on gravel Road 3100 for 2.9 miles to a confusing 4-way junction. Swerve around to the left on Road 3134, following signs for "Sevenmile Trailhead" for 6 miles. IF you are coming from Ashland/Medford, it is easier to drive Highway 140 east past Lake of the Woods 7 miles. Between mileposts 43 and 44, turn north on Westside Road 17 paved miles. Where the road turns right to become Sevenmile Road, go straight on gravel Road 3100 for 2.9 miles to a confusing 4-way junction. Swerve around to the left on Road 3134, following signs for "Sevenmile Trailhead" for 6 miles.

-- #55 Pilot Rock -- The old road that you had to walk for 0.8 mile at the start of this hike has been deconstructed and converted to a trail. 

-- #58 Mike Uhtoff Trail -- The Uhtoff Trail has been extended from the Looking Glass Loop another half mile uphill, so hikers can now climb at a better grade on a route that parallels the bicycle-used White Rabbit Trail toward Road 2060.

-- #60 Wagner Butte -- The trailhead sign is missing, so you now have to keep a sharp eye out for the trailhead post. However, an addition 3.9 miles of the access road has been oiled so well that it is essentially paved. Once you reach Wagner Creek Road at the junction in Talent, follow it for 4.6 miles of 2-lane pavement, cross a bridge, and continue uphill on 3.9 miles of narrow pavement to Wagner Gap. Then continue another 2 miles on good gravel to the trailhead on the right.

-- #62 Sterling Ditch Tunnel -- Plans are afoot to complete a "Jack-Ash Trail" along the ridgeline between Jacksonville and Wagner Butte near Ashland. The first section of this trail, scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, would connect with either end of the Sterling Ditch Trail (or nearly connect, with some roads), making possible a 35-mile loop that will be of interest chiefly to equestrians.

-- #63 Mule Mountain -- This trailhead is closed. The first 0.3 mile of the route crosses private land. The Forest Service is negotiating with the new owner to continue the historic access. In the meantime, access this area from the top, at Charlie Buck/Baldy Peak Trailhead on Road 940, off of Little Applegate Road.

-- #66 Stein Butte -- Access to the recommended trailhead at Seattle Bar is still open. If you are interested in reaching the upper trailhead described under "Other Options", however, note that Road 1050 has been gated closed above Seattle Bar because of a private inholding. Road 1050 is still open to hikers, horses, and bikes.

-- #68 Frog Pond -- The missing footbridge over the Middle Fork Applegate River (1.2 miles from the Rd 1035 trailhead) is scheduled to be replaced in 2017 or 2018. 
-- #72 Oregon Caves -- Congress added 4000 acres to the 488-acre national monument here in December 2014. The new administration reopened the Cave Creek Campground, added new signage to the trails to Mt. Elijah and the Bigelow Lakes (Hike #161). The new legislation also designated the caves' underground stream, the River Styx, as a Wild and Scenic River, and the Caves Chateau as one of the Historic Hotels of America.

-- #75 Bolan Mountain -- The trail now begins on the second of the campground's two one-way loops. When you start driving up on the second loop, watch for a small trailhead sign on the left after 200 feet. Parking is tight, along the road another 100 feet ahead. Also note that Bolan Lake has a lovely 0.7-mile path around the lake, passing a wet wildflower slope.

-- #81 Illinois River Trail -- The last mile's drive to the Briggs Creek Trailhead has become so rough that even Subaru Outbacks can do wheelies on the ruts. The Illinois River Trail is cleared OK to Pine Flats, but the Florence Creek cutoff to Bald Mountain was unmaintained in 2017, with so many downed logs that the route was all but unusable. The Illinois River Trail to Bald Mountain also had downed logs, but was findable in 2017. 

-- #84 Taylor Creek -- The winter of 2013-14 destroyed four footbridges along this creek, fouling up the hike for those who are not prepared to scramble on broken bridges or get their feet wet. If you start at the Taylor Creek Trailhead (3.1 miles up Briggs Valley Road), the first missing bridge is at the half-mile mark. Likewise, bridges are missing across Taylor Creek from the old Tin Can Campground and the trailhead at an old gravel pit, near the start of the China Creek Trail. Who knows when these bridges will be replaced?

-- #96 Caribou Lake -- A wildfire in 2014 affected this and several other trails in the Coffee Creek area of the Trinity Alps. The Forest Service plans to reopen the trails in 2015. And yes, the book's overview map of Northern California shows the locations of Hikes 95 and 96 as reversed.

-- #111 Acker Rock Lookout -- This trail will be closed from January 1 to July 31 each year to protect nesting raptors. The lookout cabin is no longer staffed, but instead will be available for rental at recreation.gov from August 1 to November 15.

-- #126 Sugarpine Creek -- Not maintained for more than a decade, this trail has been dropped from the Forest Service roster.

-- #127 Bitterlick Creek -- Not maintained for more than a decade, this trail has been dropped from the Forest Service roster.

-- #151 Gin Lin Gold Mine -- The Flumet Flat Campground has reopened year-round as a group site, reservable for $50 a month at recreation.gov. 

-- #161 Mt. Elijah -- This area was added to the Oregon Caves National Monument in 2014 as a preserve. The "New Trail" shown on the map on page 258 is faint and hard to find. Instead, hike the final 1.4 miles of Road 070, which has been deconstructed and rebuilt as a trail.