Cycle Oregon 2012: Day 5-Mt Ashland

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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PEAK EXPERIENCE

Today is a layover day here in Ashland, we can either take the day off to spend in town or ride up to Mt Ashland. I’m here to ride-we’re going to start from the foothills of Ashland and head up the mountain! The plan is to take our time and spin our way up to the top. I’m looking forward to enjoying the views from the summit. it’s going to be a great day!

We leave camp at 8:30 AM-66F and head south on Ashland St/Hwy 66 for 4.7 flat miles.

You get fabulous views of  Emigrant Lake and the surrounding valley & mountain ranges.

The turn onto Old Siskiyou Hwy leads us to the 6.4 mile climb up to Callahan’s Lodge. It’s a gorgeous stretch of road set under a canopy of trees; beautifully shaded and very quiet with minimal traffic. It provides a very peaceful setting as you gently pedal your way up and around the switchbacks. The average grade is around 4.8% with some steep pitches of 8-9%.

The road loops you up and around the RR tracks to the top of a bridge, take the time to stop and enjoy the surrounding landscape and views of the mountains and forest coverings.

The climb continues on, we pass a house with a table out front offering free beer and homemade pizza-I should have stopped to try some! A half mile from Callahan’s, there is a short section of road with loose gravel-I’ll have to remember that on our way down.

We arrive at rest stop-Callahan’s Lodge at 10:25 AM, mile 13.4-75F.

From Callahan’s, we have the option to turn around and return to camp or continue on up to Mt Ashland-of course we’re going up! We go under I-5 and take Old Hwy 99 to head west on Mt Ashland Rd.

Mt Ashland stands 7532′ and is the highest point in the Siskiyou mountain range. The lunch stop is at the Ski Area right below the summit at 7500′.

This 9 mile climb on Mt Ashland Rd is on what looks like newly done chip seal-it looks really well done. The road traverses through the thick forests of the mountain with occasional views of the Rogue valley and surrounding mountain ranges-it’s spectacular!

With a few more miles to go, we’re near the top.

We reach the lunch stop-Mt Ashland Ski Area at 12:30 PM, mile 23.2-88F.  

The views are magnificent-we can see California’s Mt Shasta in the background of the Cascade and Siskiyou mountain ranges-WOW! We sit at the edge of the road for lunch to soak in all the awesome scenic views.

Michael also has to get a new rear tire, seems the chip seal on the road has eaten through many sections. Sterling from the Bike Gallery replaces it in no time-all we have to do is pay for it when we return to camp-what a lifesaver! THANK YOU!

Now, we just reverse the route back to camp, it’s literally a 20+ mile descent down the mountain, past Callahan’s, and back onto Hwy 66.

We arrive back to camp at 2:40 PM-98!

Tonight’s dinner is Chicken alfredo with tortellini, asparagus, breadstick, salad and chocolate cheesecake. We’ve also been drinking an iced soy latte daily from the coffee guys at Nossa Familia-it’s very refreshing after a day’s ride!

Thanks to the CO volunteers for being up on the mountain for those who chose to do the extra miles and climb! The magnificent views of Mt Shasta and the surrounding mountain ranges and valleys made the climb that much more rewarding! The descent wasn’t bad either!

VDO Stats:
48.13 mile
4792′ of elevation gain
Avg grade: 4%
Max grade: 10%

Weather: FABULOUS! Sunny and hot with clear blue skies. Temps ranged from the mid 60’s to the high 90’s

Click here to continue on to Day 6-Ashland to Klamath Falls

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The mountains are calling and I must go. ~John Muir

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