The day was overcast and cool with no rain predicted until the afternoon – a perfect day to hike the Grizzly Peak Trail. Eleven of us headed up DIM 6.5 miles, turned left on Shale City Road and then followed the signs to the Grizzly Peak Trailhead.
Heading up the trail we immediately noted early spring wildflowers all along the trail. Snow queens are plentiful and hundreds of trilliums are blooming. The trail is dry. There were a few downed logs that were easily climbed over. We took the loop trail to the right climbing to the high point rock pile where the ground is carpeted with Klamath fawn lilies. Views of Agate Lake emerged as we continued through the trees and meadows. As the trail headed south we enjoyed vast views of the Rogue Valley. Striking wildflowers were blooming along the rocks and wet areas including hesperochiron, cream-colored Jacob’s ladder, and blue larkspur. At the top we enjoyed lunch on rocky perches overviewing Ashland with Mount Shasta in the distance.
It was a great day to share with hiking friends eager to discover all the forest beauty, views, and wildflowers that Grizzly Peak offers. The hike is 5.5 miles with a 1100’ elevation gain.