2nd & 4th Friday Hikes for July 2021

Last Revision 7/18/21


Our Guidelines and Instructions:
Covid19 precautions: Fully vaccinated hikers; Masks handy for proximity to others; Carpooling by personal choice (share gas $); post-hike Refreshments outside.

Leave from the Rite Aid parking lot on Ashland Street promptly at 8:30 AM unless otherwise indicated in a specific hike description. Plan for a full day, unless remaining close to town. Hikes will be easy/light moderate (6-7 miles when at lower elevations and limited climbing; otherwise, closer to 5 miles). Easy pace. Stay together for shared safety and enjoyment.  Bring lunch, lots of liquids, sunscreen, bug repellent, hat). A pole or two, recommended. Feel free to bring a short poem or other form of inspiration to share at lunch, if you like.

Our Friday Hikes have 3 features (expectations): Moderate pace, Mutual support (by staying together), and Peaceful trail conversation focused on observations and information about our surroundings.

TH = trailhead; EDT = estimated drive time; RT = round trip mileage; PCT = Pacific Crest Trail; DIM = Dead Indian Memorial Highway. Coordinators: Elisabeth Zinser, 541.646.6109 and Kay Simmons, 202-870-3404.
Website: https://ashlandhiking.org/

July 9:  Mt. Ashland: To Grouse Gap on PCT PLUS Nature Trail Art Beyond Installation by Schneider Museum Depart Rite Aid at 8:30 am
TH: Take Mt. Ashland exit 6 off I-5; turn right on Mt. Ashland Ski Road. Drive short distance beyond ski lodge and park. First, we’ll walk the Mt. Ashland Nature Trail where the Schneider Museum has one of its ART BEYOND installations.  Talented artists have created works we’ll view along the Trail.  Second, we’ll find the PCT crossing a short distance down a forest road and hike southwest on the PCT to Grouse Gap; turn left and walk about ¼ mile along the road to Grouse Gap shelter for lunch. Return the same way. Distance (both trails) total about 5 miles RT; elevation gain about 400 feet. Weather forecast. Art Beyond:  https://sma.sou.edu/exhibitions/artbeyond2021/
The Installation on the Mt. Ashland Nature Trail:  https://sma.sou.edu/exhibitions/mt-ashland-art-beyond-2021/

July 23:  Grizzly Peak Depart Rite Aid at 8:30 am
TH: Drive DIM (Indian Memorial Highway) 6½ miles; turn left on Shale City Road and follow Grizzly Peak Trail signs: 3 miles on pavement, 2 miles on dirt.  EDT: 30 minutes. Description: Hike through the woods with some uphill climbing, beautiful views, and arrive at the high point for lunch. Return same way. 5½ miles; elevation gain: 1,200 feet. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 30 miles