On the third day of vacation we drove from Bend to Ashland, Oregon. Driving south along the eastern edge of the Cascade Volcanic arc, west over the pass at Crater Lake, then south again, we had lots of opportunities to play What Mountain is That?
|View South over Ashland|
Grizzly Peak Trail
The next day we set off on hike, not up Mt McLoughlin, but up a trail that promised fine views of the mountain and also of the Ashland Valley. The Grizzly Peak trail is a 5.4 loop hike over and around a fire-balded peak just North of Ashland. The trailhead is on the well-wooded East side of the peak. You can only catch occasional glimpses of McLoughlin, but enough that you know it's there.
Hiking over to the West side of the peak the trail enters an area that had recently been burned over
|Kalmath Fawn Lily|
When we arrived back at our little cottage on the hill just a half mile south-west of Ashland I recognized the peak just to our North as Grizzly Peak. (S.D. didn't concede for another day)