Forest Park - Jacksonville 12-2-15

Photos be Bev and Dan

We had a bit of drizzle for the first 20 minutes or so of the hike. After that it was mostly overcast with the occasional sun break and temperatures in the low 50s.

There were paper maps available for the taking at the trailhead along with several suggested hikes. We started out intending to do the 10 mile loop hike which seemed straight forward since we only had to follow the orange and/or orange and yellow blazes. But wait, it's not so simple. Forest Park is a maze of trails and old logging roads and we were often unsure as to exactly where we were or which trail to take out of the many trail and road junctions. Combining our orienteering challenges with the wet leaf covered trails resulted in rather slow going. We ended up doing only 7 miles instead of our planned 10.

Most of the trails we explored today were nice walks in the woods with very limited views. The one exception was the Twin Peaks trail which had views along the ridge. We had our lunch up there on a bench on the north peak with a commanding view down into the Rogue Valley.

The consensus was that the area is OK for a winter hike. Bob suggested that we might want to come back in the fall when the leaves are turning.

We refreshed ourselves after the hike with beverages and salted and fried food at Boomtown.

Ashland Hiking Home

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