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Castle Crags and Mt. Shasta

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Castle Crags Dome Hike (May 2019)

Stout Grove photomerge

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Stout Grove in the California Redwoods

On our way back from three nights in Gold Beach on the Oregon coast this past weekend, we stopped off in Stout Grove for the first time in over eight years. We went there probably 10 times during our first 12 years in Ashland but haven’t had the chance recently.

View from Castle Crags Dome Hike

Castle Crags (California)

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Big Bear Lake in the Trinity Alps

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Big Bear Lake in the Trinity Alps (California)

The hike to Big Bear Lake is not easy at over eight miles round trip and almost 3,000 feet of elevation gain, but this is one of the more gorgeous lakes in the Trinity Alps. The drive from Ashland is about two hours to the trailhead.

South Fork Lakes Trail

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South Fork Lakes Trail (Trinity Alps, California)

We made another expedition into the Trinity Alps yesterday. These hikes are a bit over an hour an half south of Ashland. We’ve done at least a half dozen of them by now. AllTrails clocks this one in a 4.1 miles round trip which is an underestimate. Our various apps came in at somewhere between 5 and 7 miles. Factor in the elevation changes, my bad back, and my old age, and I’m giving this one a solid 15 miles. 😉

Seriously, though, the Upper South Fork Lake is gorgeous and well worth the effort.

Easter Bunny

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Laguna Beach bunny

Heart and Castle Lakes

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Heart and Castle Lakes panorama

Waterfall Wednesday

Lassen Volcanic National Park Waterfall

You’ll have to a head a few hours south of Ashland to find today’s waterfall in Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Castle Crags Dome Hike

Castle Crags

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About an hour and half drive south of Ashland on I-5 will put you in Castle Crags State Park. There are several hikes to choose from; we did Castle Dome and Indian Springs which total about 6 miles. That may not sound like much, but with over 2,200 feet of elevation gain (and, of course, descent as well) this is a strenuous hike. The views are totally worth it though.

Indian Springs is probably skipped by most, but I found that little piece of the hike to be totally worth it (on the way down).

Six and a half years ago…

Two Lakes For The Price Of One

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