Sterling Mine Ditch + Jack Ash Trails - Demming Gulch to Grub Gulch 1-18-23

Photos by Francie

Ashland Hiking Home

Today we had 2 new hikers join our group. We welcomed John and Erin who have lived in Ashland for many years.

We got to the trailhead a little after 10 AM and dropped off hikers while the 2 drivers went back to leave a car at the end of our shuttle hike.  As we waited for their return, we were told a story from a local woman that they used to do leprechaun adventure hunts in the area and that was why part of the trail was built. I had never heard that story. When the drivers returned, we started our hike at 10:21 AM from the Demming Gulch trailhead in mid 30o weather and overcast skies.

As we hiked along, we had a few downed trees to make our way over or around. It started to drizzle, so we picked up our speed to reach the bench for lunch. We decided since it was raining we would take a Hank Lunch and get back on the trail.

At around 1:15pm we started to see a snow/rain mix so we continued along at a nice pace finishing before 2 PM.

We decided to squeeze everyone into Hank's rig so no one would have to wait in the rain for the shuttle car. It was a good decision because the snowflakes were getting large by the time that we got back to where we had left the other car. As we headed down the road the snow began to stick. By the time we were back onto I-5 we could see that a good amount of snow was falling in Ashland. We returned to Rite Aid around 2:30 with about 1.5 inches of snow and more falling.