Up Hitt Road to Fell on Knee Loop Trail 11-23-20

We decided to do a hike in the Ashland watershed that we had scouted out last January. We started at 9:30 to avoid some of the morning chill, driving up Strawberry Lane to a left on Birdsong and the TH up stairs and switchbacks to the Hitt Road trail.

With the approaching holiday, the recent Covid alert, and the nip in the air lately our group was made up of only four hearty souls. But the weather improved during our steady climb of 1,400 feet up Hitt and Fell on Knee. Starting temps in the 30s yielded to the mid 40s by the time we reached our lunch spot where Fell on Knee meets the Wonder Trail at 3,510 feet with a view of Mt Ashland in the clouds.

After lunch we continued up Fell on Knee to Upper Hitt Road at over 3,700 feet.

Bob H, who lives in the Strawberry Lane neighborhood, was our guide. He showed us a more enjoyable approach to what can be a long uphill slog. We cut down the uphill by turning left onto the lower part of the Fell on Knee Loop. This let us catch our breaths for the final ascent to the lunch spot. Post lunch was mostly downhill and we were back at the cars by 1:00 pm. Three hours on the trail and 7+ miles round trip. Good Hike!


Happy Thanksgiving to you all,
Rich Stickle

Ashland Hiking Home

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