ASHLAND -- For as beautiful as Grizzly Peak Trail is, it also serves as a reminder of the lasting impact of fires on the environment.
Scorched trees line the trail as you get deeper into the forest, a constant reminder of the 2003 East Antelope fire. Through the 4.8-mile loop trail, much of it is lined with these trees.
However, as you get deeper into the trail, you will experience countless wildflowers, just reaching peak bloom as June turns into July. There is even a point where you will reach a clearing where there appears to be a prairie within the forest.
In this area you can see a number of birds and butterflies and it's a nice spot to take a rest. You'll need it as you muster the energy to finish the loop of the nearly 5-mile hike.
Much of the hike is covered by the forest, which gives you enough shade to stay cool. However, in areas more heavily affected by the 2003 fire, there isn't much shade at all. You are walking in and out of the sun all day.
For someone just wanting to take an afternoon hike, it isn't anything you can't handle.