This section of trail was constructed and marked by the Southern Oregon Nordic Club during 1999. This trail section continues out the road (south) from Grouse Gap. The road descends gradually through forest and meadows. After about one mile you enter a plantation on private land and come to an intersection where you descend on the left (east) spur. The grade increases as you drop on this spur (if snow conditions are icy, you may want to turn around at this point). After about 0.4 mile the trail turns left off the road onto a ridge. You continue to bear left and drop through the trees for about 0.25 mile at a fairly steep grade, then traverse a meadow. The last section through the trees is short and just above a road. When you intersect the road grade, continue left (north). After about 0.5 mile you intersect another road (#40S15) where you turn left again (north). After 100 meters you cross Grouse Creek.
The area beyond the Sno-Park is closed to off-road motorized travel and the Nordic trails are closed to motorized travel from November 15th to April 15th and when covered by snow. Dogs are not allowed beyond the restrooms and picnic area located 0.3 mile beyond the Sno-Park on the Grouse Gap section. Dogs are not permitted beyond Grouse Creek on the Grouse Creek Trail section.
From Ashland, OR, take I-5 south to the Mt. Ashland Exit 5. Follow the sign to the Mt. Ashland Access Road (0.7 mile). Turn right onto the Mt. Ashland Road and continue 9 miles through the Ski Ashland Parking Lot to the Nordic Sno-Park at the far west end. On “good weather” weekend days, the Sno-Park is generally full before noon.