Posts Tagged With: Mount Ashland

Mount Shasta-Between the Clouds

After an ill-fated attempt at snowshoeing last Thursday, when the weather was so foul that I turned around after just 20 feet and fought my way back to the truck, Reg and I found Mount Ashland far more hospitable today.

In addition to the spectacular view we had of Mount Shasta (top photo), our ongoing uphill efforts were rewarded with another distant view of Mount Mcloughlin (above).

Today was the perfect day for a snowshoe trek on Mount Ashland. Clouds above us and clouds below us left us with incredible views that went on forever. No reason to hurry back to the truck this time!

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Backroads Across America: Contrasts Galore

Several weeks and a “few” miles apart, we present views of the great outdoors on the slopes of Mt. Ashland, Oregon and overlooking Sedona, Arizona.

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Soaking up the winter sun in Southern Oregon

Like most of the West Coast, Southern Oregon has had one heck of a winter.  While the excessive rain and snow have been great for our reservoirs, the seemingly never ending cold temps and gray skies have made for an unusually dreary winter.

A quick check of the weather report last Monday promised a two day window of blue sky…just enough time for friends Judy and Chris to quickly organize a snowshoe trip with us to our neighborhood ski resort – Mt. Ashland.


A service road leads below the back of the mountain and winds uphill, eventually revealing a 360 degree view at the top.  As the day warmed up, we managed to stay just above the fog rolling in below.

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Spring brings the top of southern Oregon into focus

Mount Ashland offers some challenging ski runs, including a steep drop off just behind us.

Trees frame Mount McLaughlin in the distance.

Skis mark a lunch stop on Mount Ashland.

We revisited Mount Ashland today after we aborted a recent summit attempt due to wind, cold and terrible visibility.

What a difference two weeks make!

Our snowshoes and encouragement from friends Judy and Chris got us to the top at about 7,500 feet, where more than 22 feet of snow fell this winter.

The ski resort is closed on Wednesdays, but skiers face good conditions for some spring skiing tomorrow. It is just a 40-minute drive from downtown Ashland, Oregon.

A beer and pizza stop at Growler Guys on the way home topped off a glorious day.

 

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Mount Ashland snow hard to resist

We made our snowshoe plans with Chris and Judy last night. Although the weather report looked a little iffy this morning, I guess none of us wanted to be the one to wimp out…and that's how we found ourselves up above the Mt. Ashland ski area where the snow was beautiful but the weather was just a little bit ugly.

We were anticipating breathtaking views, but Mother Nature had different plans for us.

We strapped our snowshoes on and started walking...in hopes of climbing up and out of the fog.

The icicles hanging from the evergreens were beautiful.

We never found the clear skies we were hoping for but there were plenty of smiles on the return trip.

 

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Snowshoe trek leads to pinnacle of winter scenery

Mount McLoughlin, at 9,945 feet is a backdrop as Sue and I take a break.

Fellow Ashlanders Chris and Judy inspired us to get snowshoes.

A spring-like day presented the perfect chance to head up to the Cascades about a half hour from Ashland for a snowshoe trek.

We started at about the 5,000-foot level and went up gentle slopes for magnificent mountain views.

After years of sparse snowfall, southern Oregon has had a banner year, with more than 19 feet falling on the ski slopes at Mount Ashland.

 

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Wagner Butte Challenges and Rewards

 


We thought we must be close to the top when we came upon a sign that marked the halfway point.

Our guidebook promised the views were well worth the 5.2 mile hike up to the top of Wagner Butte. Located west of Ashland, the trailhead was just a short drive from our home, so we packed our lunch and jumped in the trusty Subaru.

The fall day was sunny and warm, but not too hot…just right for a trek with a 2,200 foot elevation gain. “We can do this,” we assured each other.

The trail took us through a forest of old growth firs, across the site of an enormous 1983 landslide, through sagebrush meadows and even a grove of aspens.

As we neared the summit we could see Mt. Ashland (on the right) and Pilot Rock (the small knob in the distance).

It's a bit of a scramble to reach the top.

A fire lookout was constructed atop Wagner Butte after a 1910 forest fire threatened Ashland. It remained in use until the early 1960s when airplanes began to take over fire surveillance. A leftover railing, old foundation piers and an incredible view reward hikers who reach the top.

As we headed back down the mountain, I began to think about returning in the spring. I bet the wild flowers will be beautiful!

 

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Ashland warms to winter recreation

Mt. Ashland, at about 7,500 feet, is about a 40-minute drive from town.

 

Ice skates, snowboards and skis are signs of winter in Ashland, Oregon. Daily and evening ice-skating runs through March across from Lithia Park while Mount Ashland has opened all four of its lifts. Due to lack of snow last year, the ski resort did not open for the first time in 60 years.

Brad and Leah enjoyed night skating the day after Christmas.

 

 

 

 

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Ashland, Oregon: Farther afield

On our way down Mount Ashland, we crossed the Pacific Crest Trail. Our home, Stone's Throw Bungalow, is a short walk to town.

On our last day of a two-week stay in Ashland, Oregon, we drove to a pair of nearby attractions. Mount Ashland is a ski resort just 22 miles from town. It did not open this year due to a long drought affecting southern Oregon and California. On our way down the mountain, we got a spectacular view of 14,179-foot Mount Shasta in California.

A friendly, but slow-moving moose helped us make Harry and David's famous Moose Munch, popcorn coated in butter and candy in vats.

We heard there was free food on the tour of the nearby Harry and David headquarters, so off we went. Famed for its Fruit-of-the-Month Club and Tower of Treats, Harry and David employs 2,000 year round and 6,000 seasonal workers. We may be tempted to try a job packing gift baskets someday. Guess what our kids are getting for Christmas!

 

 

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