Lewis Loop 6-1-20

Photos by Darryl and Rich

Today we had our first social distance hike offered to groups of six or less. It went well. Four hikers (Betty, Darryl, Elisabeth and Rich) met at Rite Aid for the 9 am hike to Lewis Loop, and four more led by Judy Holy gathered for a hike to Grizzly Peak. Seems the free abundant fresh air of Oregon along with masks and social distancing has created a safe environment for hiking.

The Lewis Loop group headed out in their individual cars up to the top of Morton Street and then another mile up Ashland Loop Road. We arrived at a near empty parking lot for White Rabbit TH. We were bundled up against threatening low clouds that never delivered and eventually burnt off.

We got some extra credit veering off the main trail but did find the sign for Caterpillar trail and fallowed it all the way up to the Lewis Loop turn off. Gimble is the lower trail and we took it all the way out  to the Lewis Loop Lookout. Where we had an early lunch at the Scout's picnic table.

Wild flowers adorned the sunny spot with Balsam Root, Lupine, Lomatium and Larkspur. We had uphill after lunch as we climbed to higher ground on the loop. Gyre is the higher trail and we took it up to 4200' before starting back down. There were more flowers on top including Sunny's favorites...Pussy Ears.

We chatted and visited with mountain bikers, runners and hikers with their dogs both going and coming back. It was a very pleasant day and the lot was full by the time we got back to our cars. We covered about 5.5 miles and gained about 750'.

Next Monday, we plan to see Mill Creek Falls and Barr Creek Falls and others at Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint up Highway 62. Let us know if you're interested, remember it's 6 hikers per group.

Happy Trails and Stay Well,
Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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