Mt Ashland Meadows - July 17, 2016
Coordinator Diane Rannow, narration and pictures by Diane Rannow
There’s no better place to be on a sunny day in July than Mount Ashland Meadows, a nearly level section of the Pacific Crest Trail. With the trailhead located just 7 miles west of I-5’s exit 6, most of our 2+ hour travel time was spent on the freeway.
Thirteen hikers hit the trail and headed for the shelter at Grouse Gap. The trail starts out through a forest of fir trees, then winds through several lush wildflower meadows. The open meadow areas gave us some grand vistas to the south, including Mt. Shasta in the distance. Flowers, flowers everywhere.
Just a few feet down the trail we started seeing large patches of purple penstemon. In the woods were masses of coral root. The meadows were full of purple lupine & monks head, lavender coyote mint, pink owl clover & horsemint, red paintbrush & scarlet gilia, orange tiger lilies & columbine and yellow sulfur flowers to name just a few. In one of the meadows, you could see the large white Doppler radar dome peaking above the horizon.
Grouse Gap Shelter was the turnaround for most of the group giving us an 8 mile hike. A few of the fast hikers added 2 more miles for a 10 mile day. It was wonderful!
Roseburg Oregon Hiking Club