Ashland Watershed 11-21-16

Eleven hikers, a cross section of newcomers and veterans, set out from the Rite Aid parking lot 3.1 miles up Tolman Creek Road to the trail head of the Toothpick trail. We had an aerobic 15-20 minutes up the trail until it flattens out past the view bench. Hikers noticed and appreciated how the forest had been cleared of added fuel over the summer.

Once at the top of the trail we decided to explore the Lamb Mine trail. The leader was surprised to find the mine permanently closed off by a steel gate. We decided to continue on the LM trail and there our adventure began. We hiked around some dead fall and helped each other through a narrow and rocky path. We could hear Ashland Creek rushing into and out of Reeder Reservoir. We went farther on that trail than any of our veteran hikers had experienced before.

We completed our days hike by going up and back on the Caterpillar Trail.

Some took refreshment at the new Caldera.

Rich Stickle

Ashland Hiking Home

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