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
July 2: McDonald Peak Botanical Special Interest Area
TH: Drive past the ski area back parking lot and continue on FS-20 for about another 3.2 miles. EDT: 50 minutes. Hike Description: Lots of treasures to see here, among them the regal Monument plant. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 60 miles.
July 16: Mt. Ashland Flower Bowl
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. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 50 miles.
July 30: Hike on the PCT Towards Pilot Rock
TH: Head south on I-5 and take Exit 6 towards Mt. Ashland. Continue 0.4 miles past the I-5 overpass to the PCT crossing on the left. EDT: 15 minutes. Description: It's an enjoyable stretch of the PCT off Old Highway 99 going towards (but not including) Pilot Rock. The trail is often shaded with a gentle incline and is absolutely loaded with a wide variety of flowers. We go about 3.5 miles in to a lunch spot with a view and then walk back out. Callahan's is nearby for those who like after hike refreshments. Weather forecast. RT mileage: 20 miles