Beginning and ending at the Mt. Ashland lodge, the Nature Trail offers an opportunity to experience our alpine trees, flowers, and birds without very much elevation change. This is an outsanding stroll with a “secret” viewpoint of Pilot Rock.
Mt. Ashland Summit Trail
The Summit Trail is a 1.8-mile out and back from the parking lot to the summit of Mt. Ashland- the tallest mountain in the Siskiyou Range. The beautiful hike is strenuous, climbing 815′ with some loose gravel, but but the views are spectacular including Mt. McLoughlin, Pelican Butte, Pilot Rock, Mt. Shasta, the Red Butte Mountains, and the Trinity Alps. Depending on the time of year, you’ll be greeted by endless wildflowers, including the endemic Mt. Ashland Lupine and Henderson’s Horkelia.
To make this a slightly longer loop (3.9 round trip), take the road down the south bowls on the “backside”.
Pacific Crest Trail
Located less than 1 mile from the Mt. Ashland lodge, the Pacific Crest Trail is one of the most famous trails in the world. Venture south to explore chest-high wildflowers, an Aspen Grove, and expansive views of Mt. Shasta. Or, take the northerly route into dense evergreen forest.
Bull Gap Trail
Descending directly from the Mt. Ashland lodge, this trail is our link to the extensive Ashland watershed system. It is a little over 2 miles down to Bull Gap, on an old forest road. From here, continue on the Bull Gap Trail as singletrack, descend on a gentle old forest road, or loop back to the lodge via forest road to the PCT. This trail is also the access to the lodge for runners coming from Ashland and events like the Mt. Ashland Hill Climb.
Explore our trails and beautiful landscape with a fun guide to show you the way. Enjoy Mt. Ashland through the eyes of an expert. Learn about our native flora and fauna. Identify local peaks and be amazed by the history of the Mt. Ashland area. End your experience at the lodge with some ice cream.