Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated. Bring water, lunch, hat and sun-screen. TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; RT = round trip mileage; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. 100 Hikes is 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon, 3rd edition Coordinator: Liz Landreth 707-332-2699. Website: https://ashlandhiking.org
The wildflower walks focus on botany, geology and ecology. On these walks there is plenty of time for stopping and discussion as well as for taking photographs. Unless otherwise noted, wildflower walks are up to 2 1/2 hours in length. There are no specific walk distance targets because the walk lengths depend on the number of species encountered. We get our exercise running off into the underbrush.
July 3: Walk on the PCT Below Mt. Ashland and visit the McDonald Peak Botanical Special Interest Area
TH: Drive past the ski area back parking lot and continue on FS-20 for another 2.2 miles to the intersection with the PCT and the road to Grouse Gap. Estimated drive time: 50 minutes. Hike Description: Do an out and back on the PCT across the meadow towards the ski area and back. Then, when back at the cars continue on another 1 mile west on FS-20 to the Mt. Ashland - Siskiyou Peak Botanical Special Interest Area near McDonald Peak. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 60 miles.
July 17: Mt. Ashland Meadows on the PCT below the Ski Area
TH: Take Mt. Ashland exit 6 off I-5; turn right on Mount Ashland Ski Road and continue past the Ski Area to where the pavement ends at the back parking lot. Take dirt FS-20 for about 1,000' to the first left and head downhill about ¼ mile to the PCT crossing which will be the TH. EDT: 35 minutes. Description: The trail takes us up across the bowl meadows and springs directly below Mt. Ashland. With so many flowers to see, we never seem to make the 2-/12 miles to the turn to Grouse Gap. But there's interesting and different things to see on both ends, so July 3 starts from one end of that PCT section, and the July 17 hike starts at the other end. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 50 miles.