Grouse Gap is a 6.7 mile out and back trail located near Ashland, OR and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for cross country skiing and is accessible from December until March.
cross country skiing
Amazing views of Shasta.
We went on this hike as part of an orienteering class. Armed with only map and compass we plotted a cross country course to Rabbit Ears and successfully scrambled to the destination.
Starts soon after milepost 7 on the Ashland Ski Road, parking on the right. Cross the road and follow the Pacific Crest Trail through the forest with occasional meadows giving views towards Mount Shasta. The trail crosses a dirt road and continues across a broad meadow, this is where the wild flowers start, for this trail is a treasure for lovers of native plants. Trail gradually climbs to a highpoint looking across a broad valley, through the trees glimpses can be had of the destination - Grouse Gap Shelter, still about a mile away. The trail traverses a large couloir crossing small contained streams eventually meeting Forest Road 20. The PCT crosses the road on its way to Siskiyou Peak, another good hike. Turn left down the dirt road for about 400 yards to the shelter which contains a good sized picnic table and a fire ring, close by is a Forest Service toilet. Note there is no water here. Return the same route for a 7.5 mile hike.