Mount Ashland Meadows-Pacific Crest Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"An easy, magnificent, and popular segment of the Pacific Crest Trail, traversing a large basin just west of the Mount Ashland summit through open meadows, seasonal runoff creeks, dwarf aspen groves, and upper elevation forest. There is no water on this very popular trail. The upper trailhead area accommodates at least 10 cars. There is room at the lower trailhead for 2 or 3 cars on the shoulder and a couple more on the opposite shoulder.
For an easy hike close to town, nothing beats this magnificent segment of the PCT. In fact, the entire 40 miles of FR 20 is amazingly scenic (if uncomfortably narrow in spots), following the Siskiyou crest from Mount Ashland past Dutchman Peak to the Applegate Valley, with southward views into the Red Buttes, Marble Mountains, and Mount Shasta. The tiny highlighted segment of the PCT gets you out of the car and presents the entire experience in microcosm."