Crest Loop Trail


The Crest Loop is a 2 mile side to the Bull Gap Trail for skiers of advanced / intermediate skill. It is most enjoyable when skied in the counterclockwise direction. The loop begins at the junction of the Bull Gap Trail (Forest Road 2080) and the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, about 0.4 mile from the Sno-Park. The route follows the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail for 0.8 mile, mostly through the trees, then zig-zags steeply downhill through the woods to Forest Road 050 which returns to the Bull Gap Trail. From the Sno-Park it's 3.4 miles roundtrip with 440 feet of elevation lost and regained.

Warning: If conditions are icy the downhill section between the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail and Forest Road 050 is best avoided.

Dogs are not allowed on most designated nordic ski trails on the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

At a Glance

Fees No
Open Season: Year Round
Usage: Light
Closest Towns: Ashland, OR
Water: Not available. Surface water should be treated.
Information Center: Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District

General Information


From Ashland, OR, drive east on Highway 66 to I-5. Take I-5 south 9 miles 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 7.0 miles to the Bull Gap Sno-Park on the right (16 miles from Ashland).


Winter Sports

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Difficulty Level: Most Difficult
Areas & Activities


  Area/Length : 
2.0 miles

  Elevation : 
6,150 feet