PCT from Mt. Ashland Ski Road to Grouse Gap 6-14-21

Photos by Jerry, Linda and Randy

Threatening skies did not disturb 11 Monday hikers. With grey clouds overhead we drove south on I-5 to the Mt  Ashland exit. Soon we were driving through low clouds with our wipers on. But as luck would have it we broke through the clouds about 5 miles up the ski road and had a good day for hiking.

With the sun breaking through the clouds we put away rain gear as we hiked towards the gap.

It's more like mid-April than mid-June up above 6,000', so many wildflowers pictured are Spring blooms. There will be more flowers blooming along the PCT later in the Summer.

We reached the Grouse Gap Shelter at 11:15 and had a leisurely lunch which ended with Trader Joe's chocolate passed all around.

The temp on the trail reached 59o with some wind from the North and a slight mist heading back to the cars.

Our RT was 7.5 miles with a gain of 870'.

The I-5 road project required a detour down to the Hilt Road exit before we could turn North back to Ashland.

Next week we'll do the hike to Azalea Lake.

HappyTrails,
Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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Z01 Our hike around Mt. Ashland .jpg
Z01 Our hike around Mt. Ashland .jpg
Z02 We Parked above MP7 on Mt. Ashland Ski road.jpg
Z02 We Parked above MP7 on Mt. Ashland Ski road.jpg
Z03 Wet but pretty day below ski resort.jpg
Z03 Wet but pretty day below ski resort.jpg
Z04 Our group of distinguished hikers.jpg
Z04 Our group of distinguished hikers.jpg
Z05 Eleven of us.jpg
Z05 Eleven of us.jpg
Z06 Stormy looking but nothing bad.jpg
Z06 Stormy looking but nothing bad.jpg
Z07 Mt. Ashland above us.jpg
Z07 Mt. Ashland above us.jpg
Z08 Lots of flower time.jpg
Z08 Lots of flower time.jpg
Z09 Our distination shelter across valley.jpg
Z09 Our distination shelter across valley.jpg
Z10 A closs up shot of Grouse Gap Shelter.jpg
Z10 A closs up shot of Grouse Gap Shelter.jpg
Z11 It was plant and flower day for some of our hikers.jpg
Z11 It was plant and flower day for some of our hikers.jpg
Z12 Mt. Ashland above us to north.jpg
Z12 Mt. Ashland above us to north.jpg
Z12a California to our south.jpg
Z12a California to our south.jpg
Z14 Almost to shelter and lunch.jpg
Z14 Almost to shelter and lunch.jpg
Z15 OK. Lets go home!.jpg
Z15 OK. Lets go home!.jpg
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