Horn Gap

Ashland, Oregon

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Ashland is 15 miles north of the California border on Interstate 5. Most of the climbing on the roads is moderately difficult, but there are a number of short, steep sections. These make the climb more demanding, but they quickly give way to less taxing segments. Horn Gap Trail is only 1.3 miles long, but it makes for a fun little climb and an exciting, twisting descent. Novices may have difficulty with the trail's tight turns and short, moderately steep grades. Views of this ride are limited by the dense forest that lines the roads and trail. You can catch a glimpse of Mt. Ashland from Horn Gap Trail, or take an optional side trip on an old spur road to an open area. Here you get a view of grassy foothills to the north and east of Ashland, forested ridges to the southeast, and Mt. Ashland to the south.

Horn Gap Professional Review and Guide

"Ashland is 15 miles north of the California border on Interstate 5. Most of the climbing on the roads is moderately difficult, but there are a number of short, steep sections. These make the climb more demanding, but they quickly give way to less taxing segments. Horn Gap Trail is only 1.3 miles long, but it makes for a fun little climb and an exciting, twisting descent.

Novices may have difficulty with the trail's tight turns and short, moderately steep grades. Views of this ride are limited by the dense forest that lines the roads and trail. You can catch a glimpse of Mt. Ashland from Horn Gap Trail, or take an optional side trip on an old spur road to an open area. Here you get a view of grassy foothills to the north and east of Ashland, forested ridges to the southeast, and Mt. Ashland to the south."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Ashland
Distance: 15.6
Elevation Gain: 2,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Technical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Physical Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Late spring through the fall
Trailhead Elevation: 2,080 feet
Top Elevation: 4,680 feet
Local Contacts: Ashland Ranger District 541-482-3333
Local Maps: District map of the Ashland Ranger District (trail not shown). Ashland Ranger District Recreation opportunity guide 'Horn Gap Mountain Bike Trail, #1014'. USGS: Ashland
Driving Directions: Directions to Horn Gap

Recent Trail Reviews

10/23/2002
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There are at least two approaches to this short segment of trail that rests among other fine portions of great single trek! Horn Gap describes a small pass in the Siskyous above Ashland. Usually, I ride this trail from the bottom up. It is only 1.5 miles long or so. After climbing 2060 above Lithia Park (the northern end of the loop) for three miles, one comes to a gate with a fire road beyond it. This climb is perhaps 1800 feet and on a maintained dirt road with no cars permitted. Go beyond this gate and follow this road for another 2 miles before coming to the inferior end of the Horn Gap trail. Ride the single trek through fir, madrona and aspens. Not too much technical except for one hairpin turn that may be difficult to ride up. 2060 will reappear at the start of the upper segment. From here, there are wonderful 3000'' drops, several miles long, most of which I can not describe here. However, you are welcome to e-mail me and I will do my best to give some options.



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