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Ashland is a place of unique beauty surrounded by hills of green and nestled at the base of the Ashland Watershed within the picturesque Siskiyou Mountains. The U.S. Forest Service, the City of Ashland and community members have a long commitment to high quality water while providing unique recreational opportunities in the forest surrounding Ashland. Today the watershed boasts a trail system of 50 miles that extends from the paved streets of Ashland to the alpine scenery at Mt. Ashland. The 14,000 acre watershed offers numerous trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians. Source: AshlandWoodlands Trails Association

Voted one of the Top Trail Towns by Trail Runner Magazine, June, 2008, Ashland has its own culture of runners. Rogue Valley Runners serves as one of the outfitters to all your trail running  needs, including knowledge of the trails and a weekly running group. By sharing the trail, runners, hikers and bikers can all enjoy the quiet beauty that Ashland’s trails have to offer.

Trails in and around Ashland include:
Lithia Loop Trail
Grizzly Peak Trail
Looking Glass Loop
White Rabbit Trail
The Pacific Crest Trail
And more. Many, depending on the time of year, offer a special show of wildflowers. Maps are available at the Ashland Chamber office and the US Forest Service office in Ashland.

Here are some 2012 hikes that are being sponsored by Southern Oregon Land Conservancy:

April 3, 2012  Fire Ecology in Ashland Hike 3:00-4:30
Focus:
 Ashland’s Watershed, Trees and Shrubs
Hike Leader: Marty Main, Chris Chambers
http://landconserve.org/content/fire-ecology-hike-ashlands-bti-trail

April 13, 2012 - Hike Upper Table Rock 10:00-2:00
Focus:
 Wildflowers, Ecology of the Table Rocks
Hike Leader: BLM Hike leader
http://landconserve.org/content/hike-upper-table-rock

April 19, 2012 - Hike Oredson-Todd Woods 2:00-3:00
Focus:
 Forest Ecology, Geology
Hike Leader: Vern Crawford
http://landconserve.org/content/hike-oredson-todd-woods-0

April 28, 2012  Mike Uhtoff Trail 10:00 2:00
Focus:
 Forest Plants and Animals
Hike Leader: Kristi Mergenthaler
http://landconserve.org/content/hike-mike-uhtoff-trail

May 10, 2012 - Hike Oredson-Todd Woods 2:00 3:00
Focus:
 Forest Ecology, Geology
Hike Leader: Vern Crawford
http://landconserve.org/content/hike-oredson-todd-woods-1

October 6, 2012  Bike Hike on Bear Creek Greenway 10:00 2:00
Focus: 
Natural History, Rivers, salmon
Hike Leader: Kristi Mergenthaler
http://landconserve.org/content/bike-bear-creek-greenway

For more information and to sign up for a hike, please call the Land Conservancy office at (541) 482-3069 or send an email to info@landconserve.org.

 

Interested in taking a guided tour? Travel Dream West Tours  and Ashland Mountain Adventures are outfitters that can cater to your group. Rogue Valley ZipLine Adventures offer tours that include hiking on groomed trails and gorgeous views of the Rogue Valley (including Mt. McLaughlin, Mt. Thielson, Table Rocks, and Crater Lake Rim)

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