"Grizzly Peak was named in honor of a famous bear named “Old Reelfoot,” the last known southern Oregon grizzly, who roamed the region for 50 years before being shot by a 17-year-old hunter in 1890. The nickname had to do with the animal, at some point, losing several toes in a leghold trap. The beast’s stuffed body resided in a local museum for many years but has long since disappeared. Grizzly Peak and the Ashland High School football team, the Grizzlies, are named for Old Reelfoot.
One interesting feature of this gorgeous little chunk of the Western Cascades, in addition to the proximity to downtown Ashland and the knockout view at the end, is the coastal feel of the forest. The feel is partly because the forest has a dense canopy and little underbrush, and the trees are large (although not immense—up to 30 inches in diameter). Also, the predominant tree species is grand fir, which is far more prevalent in the Coastal Ranges than the Cascades. Highlight: A stunning panorama from the highest point on the east side of the valley surrounding Ashland, 3,000 feet above the valley floor."