About a 30-minute drive SW from Ashland is the Mt. Ashland Ski Area. The trails and lifts names are attributed to characters/plays of Ashland’s award-winning Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
The Nature Trail and Summit Trail reach the 7500′ summit, where there is a weird-looking soccer ball weather station. Mt. Shasta, the Trinity Alps, Red Buttes Wilderness, and the Rogue River Valley all come into view. Each trail starts at the lodge and follows through different patches of alpine wildflowers.
The Pacific Crest Trail is just a few hundred yards from the Mt. Ashland overflow lot. The PCT follows old-growth forest for about a mile before it opens to fields of wildflowers. The views are almost a good as the summit of Mt. Ashland.
A loop using the Summit Trail, Forest Roads 300 and 20, and the PCT is just short of 6 miles. Continue on Bull Gap Trail or the PCT for a longer run.
Mt. Ashland-PCT Loop
The Creek to Crest Trail runs 24.4 miles between the PCT near Mt. Ashland and Bear Creek in the City of Ashland.
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