Grizzly Peak 6-11-21

Photos by Kay

Everyone in the Rogue Valley is grateful for rain, but Friday’s hike was challenged with cold showers. Three of us set off from the Grizzly Peak trailhead for the 5.2 mile lollipop hike around Grizzly Peak.

The dense forest is crammed with emerging wildflower plants. Jacob’s Ladder and blue larkspur are blooming now. The tower delphinium plants are growing strong with the promise of their tall blooms in July. Jackie noted a lazuli bunting singing from the top of a pine.  Lynn kept a sharp eye out for mushrooms.

At the top we walked through meadows of growing wildflowers as the rain started to fall. No vistas of Ashland and the Siskiyous this day, but misty views of the valley below. We enjoyed stunning patches of pink Siskiyou onion and blue camas. It wasn’t the day for a picnic on the shale rocks of the summit (5,900’), so we walked on to complete the loop. The drizzling rain and the wet, lush wildflowers gave us new meaning to “forest bathing”.

Ashland Hiking Home

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