The weather is getting warmer, snow is melting at the higher elevations, wildflowers are blooming, butterflies are fluttering so get out and hike! Here are 10 local hiking trails around Ashland that we recommend starting from easiest to more advanced:
Photos of the Pacific Crest Trail near Mount Ashland by Terence Philippe
- Lithia Park – our city gem right in downtown Ashland
- Oredson Todd Woods to Mike Uhtoff Trail to White Rabbit – easy access from Ashland, nice views, beautiful forest.
- Pacific Crest Trail from Mt. Ashland access road to Grouse Gap – spectacular wildflowers, lush meadows and gorgeous views of Mt. Shasta
- Pilot Rock and Hobart Bluff in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument – world renowned for it’s biological diversity
- Wagner Butte – great views of Ashland, meadows, a spring and aspens.
- Grizzly Peak – landmark visible from all over Ashland, beautiful wildflowers in early summer
- Crater Lake – Boundary Springs (headwaters of the Rogue River) and Garfield Peak (look down on the glowing blue of Crater Lake.)
- Mountain Lakes Wilderness Loop near Upper Klamath Lake – small lesser-known wilderness area with picturesque tucked away lakes.
- Mt. McLoughlin – classic volcano peak offers demanding and rewarding hike.
- Illinois River- green pools, waterfalls, diverse plant life.