Grizzly Peak 11-25-19

Grizzly Peak Photos by Linda, Track by Jerry

Ashland Watershed Photos by Patricia and Rich

A Team - Grizzly Peak

We were turning the car around to return to Ashland when we met Randy and Linda headed up the other way. So I leaned across John and whined at Randy and Linda in their pickup (4w drive and snow tires) to take me along if they planned to hike snowy Grizzly Peak. We made the quick transfer and we were soon climbing up the Grizzly Peak Trail in 5”-6” of snow.

Randy hiked with us half a mile or so and then went back because of a motorcycle injury he was nursing. After some clothing adjustments for the weather, Linda and I chatted our way past the right turn to the “peak” and headed for the Ashland overlook. Linda was leading and I was sweep. It snowed busily off and on and was a little bit cold and windy.

There was absolutely no view at the overlook but a heck of a wind, so we posed for pictures and quickly left. We spent a bit of time locating the trail along the south side of the ridge. I am really glad that Linda was familiar with the trail because I might still be up there looking for it. Anyhow we stuck to business stopping only for pictures and of course climbing the pile of rocks that makes up the “peak”.

When we rejoined the trail junction back to the trailhead we could see that our earlier tracks were pretty well obscured by the continuous snowing.

Back at the truck there was a group of hikers just dressing to hike and we had fun telling them about all the trail breaking work we did for them. (PS: Linda is a “REAL” hiker. If you are going to hike with her, plan to pay attention and move along.)

We stopped at Caldera in Ashland but everyone was gone. We chatted over coffee a while and headed home. It was a great day.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FROM
LINDA, RANDY and JERRY

Track download: Grizzly Peak 11-25-19.gpx

B Team - Ashland Watershed

Weather threw a wrench into some of our hiking plans Monday. Our group of 8 headed up towards Grizzly Peak, but our lead car made a u-turn about 3 miles up Shale City road as the thickening snow made the road unsafe. On the way down we saw our second car, a pickup with high clearance, heading up. Jerry riding shotgun exclaimed "hey it's only snow" and quickly transferred himself over to the pickup.

The remaining five of us headed back into Ashland thinking up an alternative hike plan as we drove. We decided to explore some outlying trails around Lithia Park. We drove up past the wimming reservoir and had a quick look at the wild section of the park and a scenic view of Ashland Creek by the large flat rock. Then we walked down and around to Glenview Street and hiked the Witzend Trail out of the park.

Heading up we came to the Red Queen TH and took it up, stopping to read the new interpretive signs along the way. Eventually coming to a right onto Bandersnatch trail and following it back down to a left on Waterline trail and back to Glenview to complete the loop.

We were back at the car by 11:30. Then on to Caldera for a leisurely lunch. Patricia summed up our adventure "well from lemons we made lemon aid." I'll take that as a positive note.... I wonder what became of our Grizzly Peak hikers?

Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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