Ashland Watershed - Lewis Loops

Photos by Linda and Randy

Ashland Hiking Home

We did our rescheduled hike up and around Lewis Loop with better weather than earlier in the winter; with temps from the 30s to 40s under cloudy skies with no rain.

Thirteen gathered for the hike at the White Rabbit Trail TH off the Ashland Loop Road. There were a lot of greetings all around as we formed a circle and announced our names for returning hikers.

When ready we started the half mile climb up White Rabbit followed by a right turn onto the Caterpillar Trail which took us up to the right onto the Lewis Loop Trail. (Named for Lewis Carrol the author of Alice in Wonderland).

Along the way we saw several purple Snow Queens popping up next to the trail. These are usually the first wildflowers that appear locally in late winter and early spring. Later on the way down we spotted a few white Milk Maids or Toothwort.

The climb up was aerobic and got our hearts pumping to ward off the chill. There was patchy snow as we gained ground to 3,800' but nothing really obstructing our way.

We got out to the Scout Troop #112 picnic table at the lookout point by 10:30 and stopped for water and a breather. After our break, we headed back up the Gimble Trail and onto the Gyre Trail that took us to the 3,800' summit for lunch and a partial view of Mt. Ashland.

We heard many booming reports that some thought might be thunder, but after a while we all agreed it was coming from Mt. Ashland where they were using explosions to prevent avalanches.

Just as we were finishing lunch a strong wind blew in and with a wind chill that made us scramble off the summit. As we descended  we found shelter from the cold wind.

We got back to the TH at 12:30 and celebrated with high fives all around. 

The hike was 5.2 miles with perhaps 1,000' of gain.

Post hike some of us stopped at the Rogue Valley Roasting Co. for refreshments.

Happy Trails, Rich