Art Beyond Loop on Mt. Ashland + Ski Area to Grouse Gap 7-9-21

Eight of us of Medford, Talent and Ashland enjoyed a 2-stage hiking plan at Mt. Ashland. First, we walked the one-mile Nature Trail loop behind the Lodge to view one of the outdoor five “Art Beyond” exhibitions installed by the SOU Schneider Museum of Art in locations throughout our Valley. In the exhibition at Mt. Ashland, we viewed all seven artistic creations. Our favorite was Isabelle Thorndike Church’s creation called “Elemental”, composed of two beautiful arches from branches and lichen. We also liked very much the “Hybrid” piece in which a silhouette of a person is found within the space surrounded by a large outline shaped in natural elements of the forest.

And, we delighted in the first exhibit celebrating childhood thrill on the “bunny hill.” At each work of art, we found a sign with a QR to access on our cells the name of artist/s and a bit about the vision of the work. Along the walk, we noted several beautiful creations by nature herself while celebrating human art inspired by nature.

Then we descended the forest road down to the intersection of the PCT and headed toward Grouse Gap. Just starting out, Lynn and a beautiful butterfly became friends. The butterfly rested quietly on her hand for a long spell in apparent trust she was in ‘good hands’.

This section of the PCT was delightful, as always. This time of year, the area showcases a panoply of wildflowers: Paintbrush, coyote mint, Mt. Ashland lupin, scarlet gilia, and so much more. Views were beautiful in spite of the haze to the south. The peak of Mt. Shasta pushed through the layer of smoke.

After a leisurely lunch, capped by Elisabeth’s homemade ginger cookies, we returned the way we’d come.

By Elisabeth

Ashland Hiking Home

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