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Wonder Trail

Intermediate

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1.5 mile 2.4 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 760' 232 m
Descent: -260' -79 m
High: 3,517' 1,072 m
Low: 2,923' 891 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 13% (7°)
Max Grade: 73% (36°)

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Trail shared by Torsten Heycke

Gentle grade, views of Mt. Ashland & Mt. McLoughlin, a variety of interesting trees, and a granite boulder lunch spot.

Torsten Heycke

Features Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Need to Know

As with virtually all Ashland trails, poison oak is ubiquitous. This is a multi-use trail, with mountain bikes limited to an uphill direction. Because this is one of the few uphill singletrack trails available for mountain bikes, expect some bike use. Play nicely everyone!

Description

This new (as of April 2018) trail starts 1.7 miles up FS Road 2060 from the top of Lithia Park on the west side of the Ashland watershed and connects to the Fell on Knee Trail at the spectacular "lunch rocks".

Designed to be one of the least steep trails in the lower watershed, it still climbs a net 650 ft. over a bit over 1.5 miles. After a few early switchbacks, you'll begin to see an expansive view of the Ashland watershed with views of Mt. Ashland. Around the one-mile mark, you'll start to see views of Ashland and Mt McLoughlin. There is a considerable flat area just around the 1-mile mark that is suitable for a mid-hike snack.

Shortly thereafter, you may notice the trail passes through a fallen sugar pine that dates before Oregon became a state. The trail ends at the Fell on Knee Trail at what have become known as the "lunch rocks"—a granite boulder outcropping with a stunning view of Mt. Ashland and the heart of the Ashland watershed. Wildflowers abound at the lunch rocks in mid-May through early June.

Various loops are possible. A 7-mile loop starts from Lithia Park, heading up the west-side of FS Road 2060 to Wonder, climbing Wonder, and then turning right on Fell on Knee Trail down to Hitt Road (FS Road-300). Turn right there and head either down to Strawberry Lane (turn right) back to Lithia Park, or from the beginning of the paved part of Hitt Rd, turn right onto an un-named trail that drops to the Ashland Canal Trail (aka TID trail). You can then to Lithia Park via the Granite St Trail.

Flora & Fauna

This is near both Pacific fisher and spotted owl habitat. Although you're unlikely to see those species, you may see bear and and, of course, deer. More rarely, you may see a mountain lion.

On sunnier slopes, sometimes marked with black and yellow flagging, is the endangered plant species, Horkelia tridentata.

Throughout the trail, you can see some interesting trees including large ponderosas, sugar pines, and madrones with bear claw marks, and trees scarred from fires from long ago. You'll see a fallen pine tree hung up in madrones arching over the trail (don't dawdle here!). You'll hike around an amazingly arched fir.

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Mar 30, 2019
Jim Rible
Hiked up from locked gate 1.7 miles to beginning of Wonder Trail. 1.5 miles to granite boulder collection at intersection with Fell on Knee trail. — 3h 00m

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An array of interesting pines, firs, madrones and granite boulders near the top of Wonder.
May 1, 2018 near Ashland, OR
Mt Ashland and the heart of the watershed.
May 1, 2018 near Ashland, OR
Fire-hardened madrones adjacent to granite boulders.
May 1, 2018 near Ashland, OR
Fell on Knee Trail offers gorgeous mountain lupine and paintbrush with granite boulders and a Mt. Ashland view.
Jun 29, 2017 near Ashland, OR
Granite boulders at intersection of Wonder Trail and Fell on Knee trail. View of snow covered Mt. Ashland in distance.
Apr 7, 2019 near Ashland, OR
Don't dawdle here!
May 1, 2018 near Ashland, OR

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