Siskiyou Peak (Mt. Ashland, Oregon) 27-Jun-2017

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Siskiyou Peak rises just south of the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) about 3 miles west of the Mount Ashland Ski Area. Reaching it involves an easy hike on a particularly gentle stretch of the PCT, with big views to the south starting almost immediately.  It’s 9 miles if you start from the ski area parking lot; 12 miles starting from where the PCT crosses the Mount Ashland Road.  With all of it being over 6,500 feet, it’s a refreshing option on days when valley temperatures approach those of a blue star.  Wildflower season also runs later up here and a variety of blossoms (and bumblebees) are out well into August.  Today I did the 9-mile option just for a good leg-stretch and the views – and also to marvel at the numerous chipmunks scampering along, around, and across the trail.  There was no overt begging or my sack of trail food wouldn’t have lasted as far as the summit!

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Mount Shasta and Mount Eddy (those with snow) from the PCT

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

The verdant cow parsnip-laced meadow at the head of Grouse Creek

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Mount Shasta from Grouse Gap

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Headwaters of West Fork Grouse Creek; Siskiyou Peak on right; still snowy Trinity Alps on the horizon

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Wagner Butte (W.) and McDonald Peak (Mc) from the PCT, with Forest Road 20 (FR20) in the foreground

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

The use trail to Siskiyou departs the PCT

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Summit!

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Bee-infested snowbrush on Siskiyou’s summit, with Observation Peak in the distance

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Mount McLoughlin and Mount Ashland (right, with NEXRAD dome on top) from Siskiyou Peak

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Mount Ashland from along the PCT

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Mount Shasta from the headwaters of Grouse Creek

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

The white “soccer ball” NEXRAD atop Mount Ashland

Siskiyou Peak Mount Ashland Oregon Oregon

Out-and-back track to Siskiyou Peak

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