Wonder Trail - Ashland Watershed 6-15-20

Photos by Barry H., Bob and Jerry

Monday hikers embarked on the new, lower, Wonder Trail along Ashland Creek in Upper Lithia Park. Gently raising on long switchbacks for nearly three miles we gained over 750' to the top of the lower loop. Then it was on up the old Wonder Trail for the final 1.5 miles.

The new trail provided ample wildflowers including 4' to 5' high Verbascum and breathtaking views of the watershed forest and surrounding mountains. The steady climb yielded the summit and our lunch spot in two hours and a total gain of 1,000'. It's 4.3 miles from the TH to Lunch Rocks and the intersection with the Fell on Knee Trail. On a clear day it's a great spot to view the top of Mt Ashland, but we had low clouds and temps in the 50s which was great for hiking.

After lunch, which was topped off with chocolate all around, we made our quick descent down through the partly charred forest. Since the new trail is one way uphill we continued on the old Wonder Trail that delivered us onto FS 2060 for 1.7 miles back to our starting point in Lithia Park in just over one hours time.

It was a great hike that everyone enjoyed, and I wouldn't be at all surprised if this new hike becomes a favorite for the AHG.

Happy Trails,
Rich

Track download: New Wonder Trail 6-15-20.gpx

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