NEAR ASHLAND, Ore. -- Our 'Hike of the Week' takes us to Grizzly Peak which can be seen for miles from the valley below.
At nearly 6,000 feet in elevation, Mt. Shasta, Mt. Ashland and Pilot Rock are all in easy view for those hiking the roughly 5.5 miles roundtrip trek.
Grizzly Peak trailhead can fit nearly a dozen cars and is a perfect hike for the entire family and.
With switchbacks leading the way to a junction lined by wildflowers and various meadows leading up to a rocky mountain-top, Grizzly Peak is perfect for any level hiker.
DIRECTIONS (Via BLM Oregon): From Medford --> From Interstate 5, take the south Ashland exit number 14. Turn east away from town. Follow Highway 66 for less than ¼ mile. Turn left on Dead Indian Memorial Highway. Follow this road approximately 7.0 miles to the Shale City Road, marked 38-2E-27. (This road will occur before you reach the evergreen forests on top.) Look for the Grizzly Peak trail signs. Turn left. Follow the Shale City road approximately 3.0 miles until you reach road number 38-2E-9.2. Look for Grizzly Peak trail signs. Turn left onto this road. At approximately 1.0 mile on this road, you will come to a three way junction. Follow the road leading uphill, which will be the same road you are on. Look for the Grizzly Peak trail signs. Approximately 1.0 mile further, you will reach the trailhead.
*Note: Access road leading to trailhead has lots of potholes. Take caution. BLM has no plans to repair these potholes for the remainder of 2016.