Lamb Mine Trail #1015

  

This is a nice short hike for the entire family with historical and scenic interest. It’s open to mountain bikes too, but is more of a side trip as it’s a short dead end route. (Please keep Mountain Bike speed to a minimum on this trail).

The trail offers panoramic views of Ashland Creek, Reeder Reservoir and Wagner Butte. Relics from the past mining are visible on the way. Trilliums, Tiger Lilies, Asters and Scarlet gilia dot the hill sides in early spring to mid summer. Beginning at the parking area on the loop road (2060) the trail follows portions of an old mining ditch built sometime in the early 1900s to bring water from Ashland Creek to power a "stamp mill" located on the upper Tolman Creek road. The ditch trail passes by one of the old "adits" (tunnels with one entrance) of the Lamb Mine, excavated in to the granite slope in search of gold.

For your own safety, please do not enter the mine. Old mine adits are dangerous due to the potential of collapsing.

The trail ends at a scenic vista point overlooking Reeder Reservoir and the Ashland Municipal Watershed. Please use care to protect this sensitive environment. Do not leave the trail. No camping or campfires are permitted in the Watershed. Access to the trail may be closed in the summer when fire danger is extreme. Watch out for poison oak!

No camping allowed.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 03/15/2013: No current conditions report available.
Fees No
Open Season: March
Usage: Light
Restrictions:
  • For your own safety, please do not enter the mine. Old mine adits are dangerous due to the potential of collapsing.
Closest Towns: Ashland, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.

General Information

Directions:

Longer route, but the road is a bit better: From the Ashland Ranger District office, drive west on Highway 66 for 0.1 mile to Tolman Creek Road. Turn left on to Tolman Creek Road which will eventually become Forest Service road 2080 (graded dirt road), and 7.7 miles to Forest Service road 2080-600 to the right for 1.1 miles to "Four Corners Trailhead" - park here. Hike past the locked gate, to the lower Forest Service road 2060. It will be 1.7 miles to the Lamb Mine Trailhead. Or hike the Catwalk Trail #1003 from the Four Corners Trailhead 3.9 miles to Lamb Mine Trail.

Shorter route, but unsuitable for low clearance vehicles: From the Ashland Ranger District office, drive west on Highway 66 for 1 mile to Siskiyou Boulevard. Turn right on to Siskiyou Boulevard and .75 mile to Morton Street. Turn left on to Morton and follow it up to the top of the hill (Morton St. takes a couple of jogs, so watch the signs). Turn left on to the Ashland Loop road (a dirt road). This is a hard left that is more than 90 degrees making it difficult for long wheel based vehicles. Once you have made the turn proceed a little over 1 mile to the White Rabbit Trailhead Parking Area on the left. You can hike Forest Service road 2060 beyond the locked gate 1.2 miles to the Lamb Mine Trailhead or hike the White Rabbit Trail #1002 .25 mile to the Caterpillar Trail #1004 going off to the right and continue about 1.5 miles to the Lamb Mine Trailhead.


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  Area/Length : 
  0.5 miles
  Elevation : 
3,500 feet