Jack-Ash Trail - Greenstone TH to Anderson TH 5-24-19

Photos by Randy

The new bi-monthly Friday Hiking Group enjoyed hiking the section of the Jack-Ash Trail from Greenstone TH to Anderson Ridge TH. The ascent to the ridge was a delightful climb amidst many varieties of beautiful wildflowers. We were amazed by the generous display of Oregon Grape in full bloom, along with Trillium, Bleeding Heart, Lupin, Wild Iris, and much more.

We enjoyed meeting three of the volunteer crew working to further develop the Jack-Ash Trail. We chatted about their plans for extending the trail onward. They ran into an area with Spotted Owl, so are holding up to recalibrate their approach to avoid interfering with the Owls’ habitat.

Once at the crest, we stopped to enjoy our first view of the Klamath Mountain Range to the west. Although cloudy, the peaks on the range revealed themselves to us. Progressing on along the ridge, the views and hillsides opened further for our enjoyment. We could see Grayback, Dutchman’s Peak, Big Red and Wagner Butte.

Rather than have our lunch at the Anderson TH, we chose spots on the trail close by where the views remained open as far as we could see. The Vetch, Poppies and other wildflower varieties turned the hillsides and trail into splendid array of colors. We even passed a particularly beautiful cluster of Fritillaria (those lovely orange and yellow bells). This is a terrific hike for the Ashland Hiking Group. Many thanks for John and Rich who scouted it this spring.

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