Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest

Pacific Crest Trail (Forest Boundary to Grouse Gap)

User Groups: Hikers and Horses
Difficulty: Easy - Hikers, Moderate - Horses
Length: 3.5 miles
Season: June through Oct.
Level of Use: Light
Elevation: 6200 feet

The Grouse Gap section of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail is an enjoyable easy day-hike close to the Rogue Valley. The trail offers wonderful displays of wildflowers in mid summer and outstanding vistas of Mount Shasta, the Marble Mountains and the Trinity Alps to the south. Several springs are found along the trail; however the water has not been tested and maybe unsafe to drink.

Beginning at the Rogue River National Forest Boundary Sign on the Mount Ashland access road, the trail begins a gradual ascent along the Southern flanks of Mount Ashland passing through a mixed conifer forest. Interesting granite rock formations are seen along the edge of the trail. Small mountain meadows start to appear, gradually opening to a large cirque basin blanketed with columbine, scarlet, gilia, Indian paintbrush, lupines and mountain gentians. Deer are often seen in this area when flushed from cover in the cool shady draws.

This section of the PCNST ends at Grouse Gap. A nice loop can be completed by hiking along Forest road #20 south, to the Mount Ashland Ski Area and back to your car via the access road. Picnic facilities are available at the Mount Ashland Picnic area, 1/2 mile west of the ski area.

Applegate Ranger District
6941 Upper Applegate Road
Jacksonville, OR 97530
Tel. 541-899-3800

Ashland Ranger District
645 Washington Street
Ashland, OR 97520
Tel. 541-552-2900

Directions

Access #1 (Forest Boundary Sign): From Ashland Ranger Station, drive south on Interstate 5 for 10 miles to the Mount Ashland exit. Turn right and drive 1/4 mile to Mount Ashland road. Turn right on to Mount Ashland road and continue 7.2 miles to the Rogue River National Forest Boundary sign. Parking is available for 3-4 vehicles in the turn out area. The trail begins just to the left of the highway, signed with a large PCNST marker.

Access #2 (Grouse Gap) Follow above directions to the Mount Ashland Road. Turn right on to the Mount Ashland road and follow for 11.2 miles to the junction with forest road #40S30 (Grouse Gap shelter is 1/4 mile from this junction). The trail crosses #40S30 at this junction and proceeds south to the Forest Boundary. (Access #1)