Hiking Mt. Ashland
If you have a clear day and the time and means to drive up the winding mountain road approximately 35-40 minutes up to the base of Mt. Ashland’s ski resort, this hike will reward you for your efforts.
Once at the ski resort, continue to the parking lot toward the backside of the mountain where you can leave your car and meander to some incredible views of the Siskiyou Mountains, Mt. Shasta and Pilot Rock.
The trail is wide and continues uphill to the summit. Views on the north side of Mt. Ashland include Mt. McLoughlin, Grizzly Peak, Mt. Thielsen and the Three Sisters. The elevation gain from the Mt. Ashland parking lot to the summit is about 1150 feet.
Off the back of Mt. Ashland you will also see a sign marking the Grouse Gap trailhead that leads to the Grouse Gap shelter. This hike is excellent for those enjoying the meadows, views of the Siskiyou Mountains, and importantly, the flatter terrain.
Difficultly Level: Moderate
Directions: From Ashland downtown, drive southeast through town on Siskiyou Blvd until it merges onto the I-5 on-ramp. After 6 miles, take Exit 6 to Mt. Ashland. In .7 miles, turn right onto Mt. Ashland Ski Road. This winds uphill for 8.9 miles. Drive straight through the main parking lot to the back lot. The trailhead begins at the far end.
Outdoor Recreation Safety Note: Please be sure to read our safety note on our Outdoor Recreation home page.