Track download from Dan: All Dirt Trans Ashland 5-20-22.gpx
Although this is listed as "Mike's" hike he decided that he would rather be dealing with a water emergency at home. So, we had a last minute substitute leader who managed not to lose anyone on the hike and only got the group lost once.
The hike starts off easily enough, paralleling Hamilton Creek for around 1/2 mile before starting the climb of 1,000' or so to the high point in another 1.5 miles. There was some grumbling in the ranks until the substitute leader agreed to add some "stop to smell the roses rest stops". From the high point we had nice views to the south of the Tolman Creek Drainage and Mt. Ashland and to the southeast out to a piddling Emigrant Lake. As we headed back down to town on Red Queen we could see the still snow covered Wagner Butte.
Conditions were hiking pleasant with temps in the 50s and dappled sunlight through the trees.
We took the Witzend Trail down to the park and from there we decided to lunch at Scout. Mike was able to join us for lunch on one of the picnic tables next to the creek.