Toothpick Trail to Oredson Todd Woods 2-18-19

Photos by Bob

It was good to greet 12 hikers ready to take on the Ashland Watershed. There were hugs and handshakes as Liesje Blank rejoined the group after an extended absence due to health and injury.

We parked the shuttle car by the Oredson Todd Woods TH and headed up Tolman Creek Road for three miles to the start of our hike. On the way up there was more and more snow in the trees and on the ground. And as we got within 100 yards of our trail there was a thick coat of ice on the pavement. Up ahead we saw a white pickup truck parked on the road. As we got closer we discovered the young driver was stuck with her wheels spinning on the ice. Immediately the AHG road crew went into full alert. First Barry announced that he was carrying a full bag of kitty litter!

After Barry laid down a foot of kitty litter in front of the rear wheels, your leader got behind the steering wheel and slowly negotiated the truck to a turn around headed back to Ashland. The grateful young lady and her boyfriend would try the trails in Lithia Park.

After that bit of excitement, the next challenge was to move our three cars off the road and onto the snow. That was accomplished with seasoned skill, however your leader managed to fall on the ice right on his keister before we ever set foot on the trail. The fall seemed to loosen up a stiff back I'd been experiencing for more than a week. Lucky me!

Finally we set off up the Toothpick trail, which for the first time in my dozen hikes on it was totally white with snow and ice. So we had to take it easy heading up the slick path. We made it up to the Lamb Saddle and after a short rest continued on the Caterpillar trail. Across the Ashland Loop Road we followed the fence line up and over the summit. Looking down we saw the large boulders that marked our lunch spot on the Queen of Hearts loop.

After lunch we hiked on the White Rabbit trail until it took a deep decline and was judged too unsafe to go on towards Oredson Todd woods. So plan B took us back down Toothpick to our welcomed cars.

We were a happy group who met and overcame all challenges.

Happy Trails,
Rich Stickle

Ashland Hiking Home

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