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Pilot Rock

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Pilot Rock from Ashland, Oregon (April 2011)

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Happy birthday, Carson Hockley!

Clouds blowing by Pilot Rock

Moving clouds

The wind was whipping through Ashland when I took this photo about 10 days ago from a friend’s house. Pilot Rock was playing peek-a-boo as the clouds quickly moved by. I had to wait a few seconds for Pilot Rock to be this visible.

Hobart Bluff on Thanksgiving

Pilot Rock from Hobart Bluff

We traditionally take a walk on the White Rabbit Trail in the Ashland watershed on Thanksgiving. However, our walking partner was out of the country yesterday so we opted for Hobart Bluff instead. The trail, itself, wasn’t in great shape as it was muddy or slick with snow or ice, but the view at the end was worth it.

TBT

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Ashland sunrise (November 2010)

Changes to the Pilot Rock trail

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Pilot Rock (Ashland, Oregon)

Just a mile over the California border lies Pilot Rock (in Oregon). I made it to the top today for the third time. However, I think this will be my last time. Today was my first time in almost eight years, and I don’t remember it being this difficult. I don’t think it has changed which means I must be the one who has. (I’m getting old.)

The trail to the top has changed and is currently changing. Recently the old part of the trail you can see in the lower-right portion of today’s photo has been covered over in branches. Instead of a straight up, wide ascent over loose gravel for this old part of the trail, a new switchback has been created. Nice. A big improvement.

The other new change to the trail is its length. Previously you could park near the intersection of the Pilot Rock trail head and the PCT. No more. They are currently turning the last mile or so of these directions into single track. I’m guessing that by the beginning of September 2015 the fire road that previously took you to the small parking lot will all be single track. The new parking lot is much bigger. The Pilot Rock hike is now a mile or so longer (each way).

If you want to see what turning a fire road into a single track hiking trail looks like, head up there in the next few days or weeks. The process is surprisingly interesting.

Also, the recently refreshed and marked Lone Pilot Trail can be accessed from the location of the old parking lot.

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Lone Pilot Trail (Southern Oregon)

Sunrise from Belle Fiore

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Belle Fiore Winery

@BFWinery

Not Pebble Beach

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golfing in Ashland

There is no hole on this golf course, but there is a barn for a target.

Pilot Rock from Soda Mountain

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Pilot Rock from Soda Mountain

Today’s photo shows a different side of Pilot Rock. The view of Pilot Rock from Ashland or I-5 heading north from California are the more common vantage points. Today’s photo is from the east. We hiked a few miles from the Hobart Peak trail head on Soda Mountain Road to the Soda Mountain lookout last month. There is also a 9-mile trail on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from near this location to Pilot Rock.

Aerial view of Pilot Rock and Mount McLoughlin (obscured by clouds)

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Pilot Rock from the vantage point of the pilot

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