Ashland Ski Road to Old Highway 99 - 6/25/21

Photos by Sunny

It was a hot day in the Rogue Valley so we needed some elevation and not much ascent. This hike satisfied both requirements. We left a shuttle car at the PCT crossing on Highway 99 and started our hike from the PCT crossing of the Ashland Ski Road just past the Mile 7 marker. The hike started at 72 degrees.

The trail was in good condition and, aside from the old growth forest views, we often had glorious views across to Shasta and Mount Eddy. I tracked the ascents on the way down and was surprised that we climbed almost 500 feet.

After 7 1/2 miles we arrived at Highway 99 and the temperature had climbed to 86, but we enjoyed some nice breeses on the trail and the heat didn't bother us much. An oddity was we never noticed the direction sign to Callahans on the way down. We met two hikers who had been trying to figure out how to get there. 

There had been a stream of serious hikers catching up with us. Some were through hikers coming from Mexico. Some were just doing Oregon. We gave a lift to Callahans to two young Alaskan hikers who apologised in advance for their ripe smell. They had not exaggerated. 

Unfortunately Callahans wasn't opening for another half hour (3 PM) so some of us headed for Caldera. We mastered the digital order process that befuddles many a senior. 

A good day and a fun hike. 

Ashland Hiking Home

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