Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association (AWTA)
COVID-19 and Ashland Trails Resources
- NEW: Search for “COVID-19 Better” routes. These routes include combinations of dirt roads and lesser-used trails. Social and physical distancing for trail users is not easy on our ~24-inch wide trails. Getting 6-feet apart is challenging and may entail moving up or down off the trail, potentially on steep side slopes and maybe in poison oak. NOTE: We suspended the signing of the temporary one-way routes.
- Forest Service roads and wide trails to hike and bike in the Ashland watershed to allow better social distancing
- March 23 Newsletter: COVID-19 and Ashland trails: Precautions and Options including least used trails and most used trails.
AWTA is a nonprofit 501(c)3 group committed to helping preserve, maintain, and provide appropriate public access to the woodlands and trails in the broader Ashland, Oregon area.
AWTA works under the auspices of the USDA Forest Service, the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, and the Ashland Forest Lands Commission to design, build and maintain a variety of trails used by hikers, runners, cyclists, and equestrians in the Ashland watershed. Additionally, we work with the Pacific Crest Trail Association to maintain sections of the Pacific Crest Trail near Ashland.
We are a volunteer-based community organization.
Join our email list (below) and/or Facebook for more up-to-date info. Most of these work dates will likely meet at the Fairy Ponds parking area. Come early to fill out waivers if you haven’t already. Or bring with you.
We’re postponing large group trail work due to Covid-19. If you are interested in becoming a trail steward, contact us via email or Facebook.
To help ensure a lasting trails legacy, in 2006 we helped prepare the first Ashland Trails Master Plan for city lands. (We’ve been working on an update due to be published soon). In 2010, we began working with the Forest Service to create a trails master plan for the Ashland watershed on FS lands, and in 2011, we submitted our Trails Master Plan (large file). In 2014, the Forest Service completed their Environmental Assessment (here). The Draft Decision Notice (DDN) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) followed and can be found here. Finally, in the penultimate day of 2015, the final DN and FONSI were released (here). We began implementing the plan in early 2016 and will likely to continue to do so for a few more years.
AWTA won the City of Ashland’s “Volunteer Spirit” Community Service Award in 2009.
AWTA raises funds through the annual Mt Ashland Hillclimb run, grants, and private donations to fund trail design, construction and maintenance.
For updates and more details, check here or on Facebook.