Ashland, Oregon is home to some of the most breathtaking scenery in the southern part of the state. With sweeping hills and mountains surrounding the town, there is no shortage of beautiful, scenic hiking trails that outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels will enjoy. Keep reading to discover our favorite areas to go hiking in and around Ashland, Oregon.
8 Hiking Trails In Ashland, Oregon
1. Lithia Park Loop: You don’t have to venture far to enjoy this beautiful walking path. Take in the views of the famous Lithia Park on this 2.5-mile loop popular among bird watchers. With numerous connecting trails, it’s a great starting point for those looking for a little more challenge or wanting to get off the beaten path of the main loop.
2. Hobart Bluff: This popular 2.5-mile hike near Ashland features panoramic views of the town as well as Mount McLoughlin. Perfect for any skill level and enjoyed by many, it’s a go-to hiking trail during the summer months.
3. Green Springs Mountain Loop Trail: Located southeast of the city, Green Springs Mountain Loop Trail is an easy 3-mile hike that provides a stable ground with a 334-foot elevation gain. As you make your way around the trail loop, enjoy wildflowers and sweeping views.
4. Grouse Gap Trail: This easy loop trail is located southwest of Ashland in the Rogue River–Siskiyou National Forest. Just shy of 2.5 miles, it’s the perfect hike to bird-watch and take in the views of wildflowers and the surrounding hills.
5. White Rabbit Trail: Located inside of Ashland city limits, this moderate hiking trail boasts beautiful wildflowers and abundant opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing. With a 1,141-foot elevation gain, the nearly 4.5-mile trail is almost all uphill but is worth the effort if you’re able to handle the trek. What's even better, you can access this trail directly from one of the paths starting right here at Country Willows Inn.
6. Grizzly Peak: Situated east of Ashland, this moderate skill level, 3-mile hike winds through the forest and remnants of a wildfire, ending with stunning views overlooking the Rogue Valley and the city. From there you can continue on to the loop trail for another 1.7 miles and ascend the top of Grizzly Peak, where you can gaze at Mount McLoughlin and Mount Shasta. This popular hiking trail is open year-round but has spectacular wildflowers during the summer months.
7. Bear Creek Greenway This nearly 17-mile walking path starts at the northern edge of Ashland, Oregon and continues all the way to Center Point. While you can travel the entire length, there are multiple parks and access points along the way. If you’re looking for a paved path that is close to town, this is a perfect option that still provides opportunities for bird watching and enjoying nature.
8. Travel Ashland: None of the above trails fit what you’re looking for? In conjunction with Ashland Chamber of Commerce, the City of Ashland and the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, TravelAshland.com has put together a map of accessible hiking trails near Ashland! With more than 53 miles of trail, you’re sure to find your perfect path.No matter where you decide to explore, it’s important you follow your doctor’s guidelines for physical activity; there are plenty of options for all skill levels to enjoy the serene beauty that surrounds Ashland, Oregon. And of course, Country Willows Inn features plenty of opportunities to relax and appreciate nature from our secluded 5 acres; reserve your next getaway with us now!