Snowshoeing on Mt. Ashland 12-16-22

Photos by Elisabeth, Kate and Kay

Ashland Hiking Home

In Awe, And In Our Backyard, so Lucky!
These were the exclamations shared at about ¼ mile along our trek as we took in the magnificent vistas, dusted evergreen trees, and snow-covered hillsides with ski and snowshoe tracks. Six of us enjoyed our first snowshoe trek of the season. We hiked up well-groomed #20 Road to the intersection for Grouse Gap decent and Rabbit Ears ascent.  We chose to keep climbing on up to the high clearing at the base of Rabbit Ears for lunch, plus chocolate and pretzels covered with pumpkin glaze.

We saw few others, but for a handful of XC skiers enjoying the graceful ski-skating. Although the forecast had indicated high wind gusts, they held off for us all morning. So, we enjoyed a clear, sunny, calm morning with the familiar and never old views south to Mt. Shasta and west across the Klamath range, specifically the Siskiyous. 

Our journey was about 4 miles RT with an elevation gain of about 400’. Pending weather forecast, the ‘vote’ for next week was to do it again.