Grizzly Peak is an Ashland landmark. It provides a great view of town year-round, a beautiful snow-covered landscape in the winter and is a great spot for morel hunting in the spring.
The hike, only about a 45-minute drive from down is dog-friendly and a geological gold mine.
An exploration of the geological history of Grizzly Peak will be led by Southern Oregon geologist Jad D’Allura.
The free event as part of the September installment of the Friends of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Hike & Learn series will consist of a presentation in town and a separate guided tour the next day.
From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Ashland Outdoor Store, 37 Third St., the public is welcome to attend D’Allura’s talk on regional tectonics, development of landscapes, volcanic rock characteristics, and identification of ancient volcanic rocks and soils.
Then, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, the hike will cover the geological history of Grizzly Peak, covering 5.1 miles of moderate trail and making many stops along the way, according to a press release.
All are welcome to attend the presentation Friday, but registration is required to attend the hike.
Register online at cascadesiskiyou.eventbrite.com.
Jad D’Allura received his doctoral degree in geology from UC Davis. He worked for Texaco as an exploration geologist for two years and then taught geology at Southern Oregon University for 33 years before retiring. He still performs geologic research with University of Oregon undergraduate seniors in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.