Difficulty: Easy Class 1 Distance: 5 miles round-trip Elevation Gain: 1150 feet
Situated in Southern Oregon right near the California border lies the Siskiyou Mountain Range's tallest peak, Mount Ashland. Mount Ashland is a very popular area for many recreational activities, one of the most popular activities is skiing. The ski area was opened up in 1963 and has changed hands numerous times. Although the outlook for the ski-area has looked rocky at times, it has managed to sustain itself and provide many years of fun recreation for the residents of Southern Oregon and Northern California. Other popular activities at Mount Ashland include Mountain Biking, including a strenous 15-mile loop trail that is often biked in the summer.
Access to the summit is obtained by following a gravel road for about 1 mile past the ski-area parking lot and then hiking up a 4x4 trail/road for an additional 1.5 miles to the summit. Sitting atop the summit is a large white Doppler Radar which can be seen from many of the summits around this area.
Access to the mountain is gained by taking Exit 6 from Interstate 5 and following the road paralled to Interstate 5 for approximately 1 mile, following the Mount Ashland Signs. When you see the sign that says Mount Ashland Ski Area follow that road for 8.7 miles to the ski area parking lot. The road beyond the Ski Area is closed during the winter, but access is available during the summer months.
Sno-Park permits are required from November 15th-April 30th. Annual Sno-Park permits can be picked up at the DMV offices in Southern Oregon for a fee of $15. 3 Day passes are available for $7 and a daily pass is available for $3. If you have Sno-Park permits that are issued from California, Idaho, or Washington they are honored as well. Annual Permits can also be purchased at the Ski Ashland downtown office for a fee of $20 and on the mountain for the same fee as well. Keep in mind that the DMV offices are closed on Mondays. During the summer no permits are required.