F.A.Q's - Ashland Peaks Trail

 How long is this trail?

 

Exactly 100 miles when completed as proposed in the E-Guide to the APT.

What are the current trail tread percentages?

Trail = 69%

Dirt roads (open & closed) = 19%

Roads = 7% - 1m approaching Hyatt Lake and the 7m Shale City Road segment.

 

What is the longest waterless alert?

 

8.5 miles. Between 1 mile past Hyatt Lake and the quarry site on Shale City Rd.

 

How many opportunities to resupply are there?

 

There are 3 on-trail resupply stops including Ashland at Mile 0, Callahan's Lodge at Mile 30.9, and Hyatt Lake Resort at Mile 69.8 There are also several opportunities to return to Ashland, most easily from the Mt Ashland Ski Area, the crossing of I-5 at Callahan's, the crossing of Hwy 66 - Mile 61.8, and from the crossing of Indian Memorial Hwy - Mile 78.7.

Is this trail open to bike-packing?

No.

Are there any permits required to hike this trail?

No.

Is this an easy trail to complete?

With proper gear, adequate health, and backcountry navigation/survival skills, yes, but if any one of these things is missing, it may be difficult in places.

Is this really a Local Scenic Trail?

 

That's just something I made up for this hike, but the locals do think it's scenic.

What's the current FKT for this trail?

3 days, 7 hours (to Grizzly Peak via PCT/Lone Pilot bypass) - set in 2019 by Aria Zoner.

Does the trail return to Mile 0?

 

No, not at this time. However, this trail has been published to increase the interest in, and need of, a connector trail which would allow passage between Grizzly Peak and the town of Ashland, allowing a complete loop. To learn more about this possibility, check out the final pages of the E-Guide to The Ashland Peaks Trail.

Where can I find additional information about this trail?

 

For a complete set of maps, plus my own hand-written data to go along with them, download my E-Guide to The Ashland Peaks Trail. Also included is a link to download a GPS file for this trail and information on grocery stores, hotels, and how to return to Ashland periodically throughout the hike. 

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