From the 1 mile point on the Grouse Gap Trail, the Summit Trail follows Forest Road 300 for 1.4 miles to the summit of Mt. Ashland at 7,533 ft. The route is unmarked but one can normally make out the snow cat trail to the electronic site on the summit. The climb is a steep one (900 feet elevation gain). Winds near the top can be extreme when storm systems are advancing, but on a clear day the view is spectacular. Under icy conditions the trip down can be more than you bargained for.
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 Interstate 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.