ASHLAND, Ore. -- The vastness of the Pacific Crest Trail is hard to fathom at times.
There are people who pick it up as south as Mexico and ride it all the way to Canada.
NewsWatch 12, however, focused on the portion that runs through the Mt. Ashland meadows.
Because the trail is a long-distance hike at its core, there aren’t many tough incline portions. Instead, the trail is characterized by its wild flowers and views of Mt. Shasta in California.
The trail also allows the hiker to add as much distance as desired. There’s the option to start the hike by the base of Highway 99, though that would significantly prolong one’s arrival to the meadows.
Thus, NewsWatch 12 decided to drive up Mt. Ashland ski road about five miles to the official trail head and hike up to the Mt. Ashland ski lodge.