1. Snark-Bandersnatch Loop

2.5 miles 900 ft of vertical Start at Witzend parking and head south on Waterline passing Bandersnatch, BTI and Jabberwocky. You’ll be above Ashland Creek for awhile and just when you start to turn away from Ashland Creek is where Snark begins. Snark climbs steeply before entering a shady glen, now just barely on Forest Service property. Snark then turns north and crosses Jabberwocky and rolls up and down eventually intersecting with Bandersnatch. Turn left…

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Lewis Loops: Gimble

The Gimble Trail starts at the northernmost point along the Lewis Loops Gyre trail. Think of it as a lollipop loop, extending from the Gyre loop. The trail begins by descending along a ridge to the northwest and then turns west, still descending, to where the actual loop begins. Note the bear scratches on madrones. Enjoy filtered views of Mt. Ashland, Wagner Butte, and the Rogue Valley.  

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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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Wonder Trail

Wonder Trail

All about Wonder: 1.6 miles long avg grade: 7.4% ascent: 657′ descent: 37′ Multi-use trail, bikes uphill direction only. The Wonder trail starts 1.7 miles up FS Road 2060 from the top of Lithia Park on the west side of the Ashland watershed. Designed to be one of the least steep trails in the lower watershed, it still climbs a net 650 ft. over a bit over 1.5 miles. After a few early switchbacks, you’ll…

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Wagner Glade

Connecting FS Road 2060 to Wagner Glade Gap and the Wagner Lookout trail, Wagner Butte trail and the Split Rock Trail, this 2.3 mile trail with 1,700 feet of elevation gain/loss offers many excellent views of the Rogue Valley, Mt Mcloughlin, Mt Ashland and the Ashland Watershed. Originally built to service the lookout at Wagner Butte, this lookout was abandoned and so was this trail for many years. You can still see old red paint…

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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. Many shorter and longer loops are possible in conjunction with the aforementioned trails as well as FS Road 2060. This trail is pedestrian-only.

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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 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” marks. This…

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