Mount Ashland Mountain Bike Trail
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The Mount Ashland Mountain Bike Trail is the beginning of the famous ‘Revenge of the Siskiyou’ Mountain Bike Race. The route climbs uphill from Ashland to the top of Mount Ashland, a distance of 15 miles and 5500 ft. gain in elevation, and is a very difficult and challenging ride. Starting at Upper Duck Pond in Lithia Park ride up Granite Street along Ashland Creek about one mile. When the fork in the road above the siltation dam is reached, bear left on to Glenview. Follow Glenview for about 1/2 mile to Ashland Loop Road. Turn right on to Ashland Loop Road, which becomes Forest Road #2060 1.5 miles further up. When #2060 turns off to the right, continue left on to Forest Road #200. Follow 200 about four miles to 2080 to the paved mount Ashland access road. Turn right on to the access road and follow it two miles to the Ski Ashland parking lot. Continue through the parking lot and enter Forest Road 20. Follow road 20 for 1 mile to 300, which ascends to the summit of Mt. Ashland. Return the same way.
As with the Lithia Loop the first 10 miles of this ride may be closed to all entry during fire season. Mountain bikes are not permitted of roads in the Mt. Ashland area.
This ride is one of the most popular among locals, looping through the National Forest above Ashland. Though not technically difficult, the ride is strenuous, with a total elevation gain of approximately 3000 feet. The decomposed granite surface road is narrow, winding and often rutted. Bikers should control their speed of descent, and be especially watchful for oncoming cars and trucks. Carry sufficient water and a snack or lunch.
The Lithia Loop is predominantly within the Ashland Watershed, which is the source of the city’s water supply and special consideration should be given to its protection. The entire watershed may be closed to all entry during the mid summer and fall when fire danger is high. No camping or campfires are allowed. Riders must stay on the roads. Use of the area is not recommended in rainy weather or when the soils are wet.
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