Jack-Ash Trail - Demming to Grub to Griffin 11-22-21

Photos by Bob

What started out as deep fog was bright sunlight by the tile we reached the TH. Dan and I had scouted the new part of the hike and this was the first AHG group to do the hike as I set it up. 

We left a shuttle car at the Jack-Ash TH on Griffin Lane and piled into one SUV for the short trip to Deming Gulch. After a 3 mile walk to the end of the Sterling Mine Ditch, we ascended into the oak forest for lunch, with a fine view over the Valley.

From 39 degrees at the start we were down to sweatshirts at the top. This section climbs up with gentle long switchbacks and is still called Sterling Mine Ditch Trail until it turns into a road, continuing gradually upwards,

Finally the road meets another going left, 2.8 miles from the Ditch and well-marked as the Jack-Ash trail. You can do a diversion and continue straight up for 1/3 of a mile to Grub Gulch TH, which Dan and I did on our scouting trip. I decided not to because there is little to see. From there we descended on a road then a trail to Griffin Lane. 

We agreed it was a good hike and the weather helped. The hike was 7.5 miles with about 600 feet in ascent. We finished off with drinks at my place.

John

Ashland Hiking Home

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