Oredson-Todd Woods to Lithia Park 8-28-17

Sometimes you have to pull a rabbit out of the hat. With our scheduled hike to Crater Lake canceled due to too much smoke and road closures, we had to come up with something for our avid Monday group. Presto! The Trans-Ashland hike from Oredson-Todd Woods to Lithia Park appeared through the haze of our consciousness.

As leader I put out the official word that Ashland's air was deemed "unhealthy." So many regulars decided to play it safe and sit this one out (they had all done this hike before in February). But six hearty souls were ready for today's adventure. I offered them smoke masks, but they would have none of it. These 6 were made of tougher stuff.

We drove up to the parking for the O-T Woods trailhead. We hiked the length of the nearly dry creek to the waterfall, now a water trickle. With the aid of knowledgeable companions the leader was steered in the right direction through the woods. From that point on I had my bearings. So I guided my cohorts through many twists and turns of upper Ashland until at last we arrived at Lithia Park by the swimming reservoir. Along the way we sampled fresh plums, ripe black berries, and were introduced to Manzanita berries (thanks Liz!).

We learned from John that the TID canal was engineered to roll water down hill to Talent ( Thanks John!). We learned from Joe Davis (New Joe) that there will be an antique car show in San Jose in a couple of weeks ( Thanks Joe!). We learned from Leslie Hart (New Leslie) that she gets mail at her cabin on a lake delivered by boat ( Thanks Leslie!). And, we learned from the amazing Joe Senter (that's middle Joe) that he and his partners are opening a Tapas restaurant in Baja later this week; and in the meantime, he hiked 42 miles and gained 6600 ft in his fitness training last week (thanks Joe!). Wow!

After enjoying a relaxed lunch at the Brickroom we took the RVTD bus back to Tolman Creek Road/Ashland Street. A good time was had by all and nobody coughed.

BTW we did 6.3 miles in 2 1/2 hours, and Crater Lake will be rescheduled in the Fall.

Rich

Ashland Hiking Home

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