Grizzly Peak (near Ashland, Ore.)

Rating (Out of 5): 3.5

Location: Near Ashland, Ore.

Distance: 5 miles round-trip

Difficulty: moderate

Camping: No

Quick hit: One of the best views of the Rogue Valley comes from this hike, which looks over downtown Ashland. The trail follows a gentle grade to an overlook below the summit. In late spring and early summer wildflowers put on a spectacular show along the trail. The short trail to the summit passes through a mixed forest of fir and pine. On a clear day, the trail offers outstanding views of the Cascades including Mount McLoughlin and Mount Shasta.

Directions: From Interstate 5, take the south Ashland exit number 14. Turn east onto Highway 66 for less than .25 miles and turn left on Dead Indian Memorial Highway. Follow this road about 7 miles to the Shale City Road, marked 38-2E-27. (This road will occur before you reach the evergreen forests on top.) Look for the Grizzly Peak trail signs. Turn left. Follow the Shale City road approximately 3.0 miles until you reach road number 38-2E-9.2 and turn left. At approximately 1.0 mile on road 38-2E-9.2, you will come to a three way junction. Follow the road leading uphill, which will be the same road you are on. Look for the Grizzly Peak trail signs. Approximately 1.0 mile further, you will reach the trailhead and a parking lot.

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