Mt. Ashland Campground


Area Status: Open
Table and stove at the Mt Ashland Campground

Mt. Ashland campground offers higher elevation (6,000 ft.) camping with great views and access to the nearby Pacific Crest Trail. Located along the Siskiyou Crest near the Mt. Ashland ski area, the crest is known for wildflowers, butterflies and bird watching opportunities.  The campground has vault toilets, but no potable water, and no garbage service.  Please "pack it out".

At a Glance

Fees: No fee.
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: Water and garbage service are not provided. Bring enough water for drinking, cooking and washing as well as extra water to drown campfires each day. Please take all trash, garbage and dog droppings with you when you leave. Dogs on leash only. Camping limit 14 days.
Closest Towns: Ashland, OR 18 miles
Water: None
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions:

From I-5 west on Forest Road 20 approx. 10.5 miles to the campground on the left. One mile past the Mt Ashland Ski Resort.


Parking:

Two vehicles allowed per campsite including trailers. Additional vehicles should park in the Day Use parking area.


Parking:

When parking overnight or for extended periods at trailheads always secure all food, packaging and ice chests in the trunk of your vehicle.  Do not park in front of gates or partially obstruct a fire road.


Directions:

The PCT runs parallel to Forest Service Road 20 and can be accessed at many locations along the road or at the Mt Ashland Campground.


Parking:

Day Use and picnicking are permitted at the Mt Ashland Campground. There is no fee for Day Use. Please use the Day Use parking whenever possible to allow campsites to remain available for campers.


Directions:

From I-5 west on Forest Road 20 approx. 10.5 miles to the campground on the left. One mile past the Mt Ashland Ski Resort.

 


Parking:

Two vehicles allowed per campsite including trailers. Additional vehicles should park in the Day Use parking area.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Mountain Biking

There are mountain bike trails on the adjacent Mt Ashland Ski Area one mile east of the campground.

Fees: Fees may be charged by the ski area.
Permit: For permits, parking, fees and restrictions for Mountain Biking Trails please check with Mt Ashland Ski Area.

Campground Camping

High elevation and great views of the Klamath River Canyon, Mt Shasta and beyond.  Many sites are shady.

General Info:

Safety Information

This is Bear Country. All food must be secured overnight and when not attended. Always keep a clean camp and do not feed animals, squirrels and rodents.


No. of Sites 9
Reservation Info Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
Fire Information Campfires permitted in fire rings provided, subject to local restrictions.
No. of Accessible sites None
Open Season: June-October
Fees: No fee
Reservation info: Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.

RV Camping

RV camping at Mt Ashland is limited to small motorhomes and short trailers. The road to the campground is narrow and winding.

General Info:

Directions

From I-5 west on Forest Road 20 approx. 10.5 miles to the campground on the left. One mile past the Mt Ashland Ski Resort.

 


Parking

Two vehicles allowed per campsite including trailers. Additional vehicles should park in the Day Use parking area.


Safety Information

This is Bear Country. All food must be secured overnight and when not attended. Always keep a clean camp and do not feed animals, squirrels and rodents.


No. of Sites 9
Reservation Info Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
Pavement Type for Parking Gravel
Hookup - Water No
Vehicle Clearence Watch for low hanging branches overhead.
Size Restrictions 28'
Hookup - Sewer No
Dump Stations No
Hookups - Electric No
Fire Information Campfires permitted in fire rings provided, subject to local restrictions.
No. of Accessible sites None
Open Season: June-October
Fees: No fee
Reservation info: Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.

Day Hiking

The PCT can be accessed in several places along the road to Mt Ashland Campground. There are great views of the Klamath River Canyon and beyond.

General Info:

Parking

Day Use and picnicking are permitted at the Mt Ashland Campground. There is no fee for Day Use. Please use the Day Use parking whenever possible to allow campsites to remain available for campers.


Fire Information A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Backpacking

The PCT can be accessed in several places along the road to Mt Ashland Campground. There are great views of the Klamath River Canyon and beyond. To the west the PCT roughly follows the forest boundary and turns south at the southeast corner of the Red Buttes Wilderness. To the east, the trail leaves the forest and crosses I-5 into private and BLM lands.

General Info:

Parking

When parking overnight or for extended periods at trailheads always secure all food, packaging and ice chests in the trunk of your vehicle.  Do not park in front of gates or partially obstruct a fire road.


Permits & Regulations

A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside of developed areas. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire. Please pack out all trash.  Do not burn or bury trash and food waste.  Bury human waste in at least 6 inches or more of soil, at least 100 feet away from any lake, stream, water course or trail.


Safety Information

A good map, compass and trail guide are recommended for safe travel through the wilderness.  This is Bear Country. All food must be secured overnight and when not attended. Always keep a clean camp and do not feed animals, squirrels and rodents.


Directions

The PCT runs parallel to Forest Service Road 20 and can be accessed at many locations along the road or at the Mt Ashland Campground.


Seasonal Information

Snow may cover or obscure trails at high elevations well into June depending on weather.


Fire Information A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult

Viewing Wildlife

A good area for bird watching and deer.

Viewing Plants

Surrounding the Mt Ashland Campground and extending along the Siskiyou Crest for several miles the Mt Ashland-Siskiyou Peak Botanical Area is dominated by open glades and rocky brush fields. The area is home to the Mt Ashland Lupine, a plant species found nowhere else in the world.

Species Lupinus aridus ssp. ashlandensis, Horkelia hendersonii and 3 varieties of Botrychium.
Special Feature Late spring wild flowers and large native grasslands.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Scenery

Great views from the campground to Mt Shasta and occasionally to Mt Lassen.
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Highlights

Location

 
  Latitude : 
42.07557922

  Longitude : 
-122.7145153

  Elevation : 
6600'