Mt. Ashland Trail

  

This route is the beginning of the famous "Revenge of the Siskiyous" Mountain Bike Race. The route climbs uphill from Ashland to the top of Mt. Ashland, a distance of 15 miles and 5,500 foot gain in elevation. A very difficult and challenging ride, which demands good physical condition of the rider. Total distance is about 30 miles.

Starting at Upper Duck Pond in Lithia Park ride up Granite Street along Ashland Creek about 1 mile. When you come to the fork in the road above the siltation dam go left on to Glenview. Follow Glenview for about 0.5 mile to Ashland Loop Road. Turn right on to Ashland Loop Road, which becomes Forest Road 2060 for 1.5 miles further up. When 2060 road turns off to the right, continue left on to Forest Road 200. Follow Forest Road 200 about 4 miles to Forest Road 2080 to the paved Mount Ashland access road. Turn right on to the access road and follow it 2 miles to the Ski Ashland parking lot. Continue through the parking lot and enter Forest Road 20. Follow Forest Road 20 for 1 mile to Forest Road 300, which ascends to the summit of Mt. Ashland. Return the way you came.

As with the Lithia Loop the first 10 miles of this ride may be closed to all entry during fire season.

Attractions and Considerations: This ride is one of the most popular among locals, looping through the National Forest above Ashland. Though not technically difficult, the ride is strenuous. The decomposed granite surface road is narrow, winding and often rutted. Bikers should control their speed of descent, and be especially watchful for oncoming vehicles. Carry sufficient water and a snack or lunch.

The Lithia Loop is predominantly within the Ashland Watershed, which is the source of the city’s water supply. Special consideration should be given to its protection. The entire watershed may be closed to all entry during the mid summer and fall when fire danger is high. Use of the area is not recommended in rainy weather or when the soils are wet.

No camping or campfires are allowed.

At a Glance

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

General Information

Directions:

From Ashland, OR, drive west on Highway 66 for 1 mile to Siskiyou Boulevard. Turn right on to Siskiyou Boulevard and continue another mile. Siskiyou Boulevard becomes Lithia Way (one way). Continue a few blocks to North Pioneer Street and turn left. Continue on North Pioneer to East Main. Cross East Main and jog right toward the Plaza. Turn left on to Winburn Way and follow it up through the park to the Upper Duck Pond.


General Notes:
  • Connecting trails: Caterpillar Trail #1004 (area is unavailable), Catwalk Trail #1003 (area is unavailable), Bull Gap Trail #1017
  • Trail is not designed for: pack and saddle, motorized bike, ATV, 4-wheel drive, barrier free

Activities


Bicycling

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Mountain Biking

  • Mountain Bike Prohibitions:

    • On both, the north and south sides of the Siskiyou Crest, mountain bikes are prohibited anywhere except on roads or on trails specifically designated for mountain bike use. This is due to the highly erosive grantic soils and to the presence of extremely rare plant species that are vulnerable to extinction.
    • Mountain bikes are not permitted on ski slopes in the Mt. Ashland area.
    • Mountain bikes are not permitted on the adjacent Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail; the prohibition applies to the entire length of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Hiking

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