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Bull Gap Lower

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An almost level route ideal for easy winter snowshoeing or Nordic skiing.


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3.4

Miles

5.5

KM

96%

Runnable

6,106' 1,861 m

High

5,503' 1,677 m

Low

51' 16 m

Up

654' 199 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

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This trail is Forest Road 2080, which is blocked to motorized vehicle traffic between the Mount Ashland Ski Road and Bull Gap. It's not much of a summer hike but is an excellent Nordic ski or snowshoe route when snow-covered in winter. It's accessible by car only from the Bull Gap Sno-Park (paid permit required) on the Mount Ashland Ski Road. The road is usually snow-covered from early December to early April. This trail is for winter use only when snow covered.

Need to Know

Although enforcement is sparse, you do need a Sno-Park permit (daily or annual) to park at the Bull Gap Sno-Park. The parking lot there can hold 15-20 vehicles but can be busy on weekends. Parking along the Mount Ashland Ski Road is not permitted.

Description

This trail is a wide, gently graded forest road that runs between the Mount Ashland Ski Road and the Bull Gap Upper Trail. Unless you are using it to connect with the Upper trail for a run to or from Mount Ashland, it has little appeal as a summer run. But when snow-covered in winter, it's a wonderfully easy snowshoe or Nordic skiing route.

It even offers some views to the east and south, including one of Mount Shasta. It's northern end, at Bull Gap, has no vehicle access, so you start from the Bull Gap Sno-Park. From there you can go out-and-back to Bull Gap or (if you arrange a shuttle) continue on the more strenuous Bull Gap Upper Trail to Mount Ashland. As a forest road, it's wide enough to accommodate both skiers and snowshoers without overlap.

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Bruce Hope

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  4.0 from 1 vote

#12

in Ashland

#19646

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#12

in Ashland

#630

in Oregon

#19,646

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Mount Shasta from the Bull Gap Lower Trail.
Jan 7, 2021 near Ashland, OR
Starting out on the snowy road/trail.
Jan 7, 2021 near Ashland, OR
Breaking trail through fresh powder on the Bull Gap Lower Trail.
Jan 7, 2021 near Ashland, OR
On the trail to Bull Gap.
Jan 7, 2021 near Ashland, OR
Farther along the Bull Gap Lower Trail.
Jan 7, 2021 near Ashland, OR
Consulting the map at the junction with Forest Road 2080-050.
Jan 7, 2021 near Ashland, OR

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