Mt Ashland

Starting from the backside parking lot of Mt. Ashland, summer Forest Service roads turn into winter cross-country trails. The ski area occasionally grooms parts of these trails making the backside of Mt. Ashland a good place to explore on cross-country gear. From going to the Grouse Gap Shelter to linking summer roads and trails, Mt. Ashland has a little bit of something for everyone. Just out of the parking lot, the summer road splits in two. The upper road heads towards the Grouse Gap shelter and the top of Mt. Ashland. Dogs are not allowed past the restrooms on this road. The lower road winds along the mountain and allows dogs until Grouse Creek. Both roads connect to other roads allowing for almost unending exploration. As a note, a Sno-Park permit is required to park at the trailhead.


The trailhead is at 6620ft with many possibilities for routes. From open and rolling traverses on summer roads to steep ascents, the terrain is varied with elevation changes from +/- 100ft to +/- 1000ft. For the advanced skier, there is almost unlimited opportunity to go off trail and explore. For the novice skier, there are well-traveled paths with occasional grooming. In the Resources & Links section below, there is a link to a trail map and a link to a description of some of these trails.

Skill Level:

Beginner to Advanced

Directions & Map:

Recommended Equipment

Food & Water

Water and food are available at the lodge in the ski area by the front side parking lot. There are no services at the backside lot so make sure to stock up before arriving.

For water, 2L-3L per person for a day trip is recommended. As for food, several small snacks throughout the day are recommended. Big meals are fun but bog you down. Small snacks allow for a continual flow of energy to your body. For your snacks, try to balance sugars, fats, proteins, and carbs so your body is continually fueled. This helps reduce crashes in energy during the day.

Additional Info


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