Summit Mt. Ashland

5 Miles Round Trip - 1550 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

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A genuinely easy hike with stunning views of Mt. McLoughlin, Mt. Shasta, and the Siskiyous. Best time to go - Sunset!

Situated in Southern Oregon right near the California border lies the Siskiyou Mountain Range's tallest peak, Mount Ashland. Mount Ashland is a very popular area for many recreational activities, one of the most popular activities is skiing. The ski area was opened up in 1963 and has changed hands numerous times. 

Although not very known, a beautiful and secluded hike lies on the backside of the recreational mountain. A small road winds it's way all the way up to the summit. This hike is great for families or friend groups, as people may walk next to each other, and the hiking terrain is pretty simple and low risk for danger. During the winter, it's suggested to take snowshoes when hiking up as the road is covered in snow. 

To access the mountain, take Exit 6 from Interstate 5 and following the road paralleled to Interstate 5 for approximately 1 mile, following the Mount Ashland Signs. When you see the sign that says Mount Ashland Ski Area follow that road for 8.7 miles to the ski area parking lot. The road beyond the Ski Area is closed during the winter, but access is available during the summer months. If you choose to hike during the summer, the hike is shortened to about 3 miles round trip since vehicles may drive further up than in the winter. 

*Sno-Park permits are required from November 15th-April 30th. Annual Sno-Park permits can be picked up at the DMV offices in Southern Oregon for a fee of $15. 3 Day passes are available for $7 and a daily pass is available for $3. If you have Sno-Park permits that are issued from California, Idaho, or Washington they are honored as well. Annual Permits can also be purchased at the Ski Ashland downtown office for a fee of $20 and on the mountain for the same fee as well. Keep in mind that the DMV offices are closed on Mondays. During the summer no permits are required. 


Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Picnic Area


5 Miles
1550 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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carly cox

about 1 year ago

Beautiful sunrise

I went up there in the summer and made it to the very top for an amazing sunrise