One of the closest hikes to Ashland, Oregon, Grizzly Peak offers incredible views of Mount Shasta, Mount McLaughlin, Table Rocks, and Pilot Rock. The 3-hour hike winds through old-growth forest and mountain meadows, climbs to Grizzly Peak and through the charred remains of the East Antelope Fire, and it culminates with the hike's best viewpoint (and one of the best in the Ashland area). The area shines in late spring and early summer when a wide variety of wildflowers bloom throughout the hike. Morel and chanterelle mushrooms are abundant in the spring and fall and attract plenty of locals.
The Grizzly Loop is approximately 1 mile from the parking lot. When you reach the sign, it is best to take a right toward the peak. About 0.3 miles later you will pass "Grizzly Peak," an unmarked and easily missed pile of rocks that was named for Southern Oregon's last known grizzly bear. "Old Reelfoot" roamed the area for 50 years before it was shot by a 17-year-old hunter in 1890. In 2002, the East Antelope fire burned 1,886 acres of forest through which the northern part of the hike passes for about a mile. It is interesting to see how well the area has restored itself; the fire opened the view considerably, allowing sunlight to reach the forest understory where wildflowers now flourish.
This hike is one of the most enjoyable in the area, and it is an excellent choice if you are short on time. The trail is very well maintained and accessible throughout. Be sure to bring plenty of water!