Frequently Asked Questions
Where are the best places to park to access the trails?
The “Bandergate” parking lot above Lithia Park provides access to the Bandersnatch Trail and trails intersecting and adjacent to Bandersnatch. From the Ashland Plaza, travel south on Main to Pioneer. Make a right on Pioneer and go up the hill, veering left onto Fork Street. Continue up Fork, which will turn into Glenview. After 1.2 miles (total miles from the Plaza) you will find parking on the right and left sides of the road. Look to the left side of the road for the gate and a sign for Bandersnatch. You’ll find the official Bandersnatch trailhead a short distance from the gate.
There is parking above Lithia Park via Winburn Way. From the Ashland Plaza, take Winburn Way around the park for 1.2 miles. After passing the reservoir on the left, continue for a very short distance straight ahead instead of turning left, and you will find parking on the left. Parking here will give you access to Lithia Park and also to the west end of Forest Service Road 2060, where you can access trails on the west side of the watershed (Wonder, Fell on Knee, No Candies, Rickety, Horn Gap, Wagner Glade).
The White Rabbit parking lot provides access to many trails (see map). You can park and hike or bike up USFS RD 2016 (AKA Ashland Loop Road) and access the Caterpillar trail, the Lewis Loops, Lizard, and more. The parking lot is at the top of the Bandersnatch Trail and adjacent to the Siskiyou Mountain Park trails. From the Ashland Plaza, travel south on Main to Pioneer. Make a right on Pioneer and go up the hill, veering left onto Fork Street. Continue up Fork, which will turn into Glenview. After one mile make a left onto Ashland Loop Road. Continue up Ashland Loop Road for a total of 2.9 miles (from the Plaza).
There is also parking in several parking lots on the west side of Lithia Park. There is unofficial roadside parking up Tolman Creek Road to access the Toothpick Trail and a parking lot 8 miles up Tolman Creek Road to access the Four Corners parking lot. There is an unofficial parking lot at the Hitt Road gate. There is parking at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area for access to the Split Rock Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, and the top of the Bull Gap Trail.
Do we need a parking permit to park in any of the watershed parking lots?
Parking permits are not required at any of the above parking lots, with the exception of winter parking passes at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area. Street parking on the side of Lithia Park ranges from 2-4 hours.