Grizzly Peak

Photos by Kate, Patricia and Randy

Ashland Hiking Home

Hiking friends old and new gathered at Rite Aid Monday morning. A list of 8 grew to 11 for the always popular hike up and around Grizzly Peak.

The day started out cloudy in the 50s, but lightened to mostly sunny skies with temps in the 60s.

Heading up the trail we experienced some mud from rain over the weekend. But we also immediately started to see many Spring flowers. Just to mention the highlighted flowers on this hike, we saw some purple Wild Ginger hiding under heart shaped leaves, and yellow Jacob's Ladder on the way up. On top out in the sun we saw pink Wild Onions (added to lunch), blooming Great Blue Camas and fields of Rosy Plectritis or Sea Blush.

Lunch was on the flat rocks looking down on Ashland. We could also see through moving clouds McLoughlin, Pilot Rock, Shasta and Mt Eddy.

After lunch heading back on the loop trail we also saw fields of Corn Lily (not blooming yet).

We met many hikers on the trail and some with their friendly dogs.

My phone said 5.9 miles for today's hike with about 1,200' of gain.

It was a great day. We met another group from Ashland with old friends who were on the mountain after hiking out to Lost Creek Falls.

Many of us stopped for refreshment at the Rogue Valley Roasting Co.

your hiking friend,