Caterpillar

Caterpillar

Caterpillar is a multi-use trail starting near the White Rabbit Trail. It features a gentle grade up to Caterpillar Crossing where it meets Red Queen and crosses the Jabberwocky mountain bike trail and proceeds uphill through several switchback turns to eventually top out at the entrance to Lewis Loops Trails, whereupon it rolls down to Lamb Saddle. The adjacent bike trail, Lizard, constructed in 2016, removed most of the downhill cyclist traffic on the part…

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Bandersnatch

Bandersnatch

Bandersnatch is probably the most popular forest lands trail in the Ashland watershed. It’s a pedestrian-equestrian trail that starts just off the Waterline Trail near Lithia Park and climbs steeply at times to reach its summit where it crosses the Alice in Wonderland Trail. It then descends on the east side of Alice to connect with JubJub and then joins FS Road 2060. There is a picnic bench with views of Mt Ashland about a…

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Wagner Glade

Wagner Glade

Connecting FS Road 2060 to the Wagner trails at Wagner Glade Gap, this rigorous trail offers many excellent views of the Rogue Valley, Mt Mcloughlin, Mt Ashland and the Ashland Watershed. This trail was originally built to service the lookout at Wagner Butte. The lookout was abandoned and so was this trail. However, you can still see old red paint blazes on rocks and cutouts in some trees. You can still see horse pen area…

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Split Rock

Split Rock

The three-mile long, pedestrian only, Split Rock trail begins off the back side of Mount Ashland at 6910 ft. The trailhead on Road 20 is about 3.6 miles west from the Mt Ashland ski lodge. There is a small possibility of parking to the north–one to two cars worth. The trail is technical, steep, and periodically indistinct. Heading north the trail ascends toward McDonald Peak and then heads steeply down into some groves of trees…

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Lower Red Queen

Lower Red Queen

This trail was substantially re-routed and rebuilt in 2016 and connects from Ashland Loop Rd near the Cottle-Phillips trails to Bandersnatch, Jubjub and Red Queen. It climbs steeply at times on a ridge and affords views of parts of the Rogue Valley. It crosses the BTI mountain bike trail, so beware for other users at this crossing. Many shorter and longer loops are possible in conjunction with the aforementioned trails as well as FS Road…

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Red Queen

Red Queen

Red Queen is a popular hiking and running trail in the lower eastern side of the Ashland watershed. At the low end, this trail starts on the Bandersnatch trail just above the Snark Trail. It rolls at an essentially flat grade for the first 6/10ths of a mile and then climbs steadily at an average grade of 9% up to Caterpillar Crossing (where Caterpillar crosses 2060 and where Lizard ends and Jabberwocky starts). Mature Ponderosas…

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Fell on Knee

Fell on Knee

New in 2017, Fell on Knee Trail offers compelling singletrack alternative to adjacent and parallel Hitt Road. On the high end, Fell on Knee starts about a half mile below the intersection of FS Road 2060 and Hitt Rd (FS Road 2060-400). On the low end, it merges with Hitt Rd about 1.7 miles above Strawberry Lane. Hikers will enjoy views of Mt. Ashland and Mt. Mcloughlin, wildflowers, and ponderosas, and you may spot bears…

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Lewis Loops: Gyre

Lewis Loops: Gyre

Lewis Loops, built in 2016, is a figure-eight trail comprised of this larger Gyre loop and smaller Lewis Loops: Gimble trail. The Gyre loop is closer to the Caterpillar Trail, from which Lewis Loops starts. Proceeding clockwise on Gyre, one enjoys a steady climb with great eastern exposure and views of Ashland and eventually Mt McLoughlin to the north. You pass by a large, still living Ponderosa that was struck by lightning–notice the vertical “claw-like”…

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