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You can pretty much take your pick of outdoor adventures in Ashland and the surrounding southern Oregon area. During the warmer months, choose from three nearby rivers, the Klamath, Rogue, and Umpqua for some white-water rafting or kayaking. From April through October there are many companies who offer equipment rentals and guided trips, which range from half a day to five days. Fishing trips are also available, primarily for salmon and steelhead.
Back on land take advantage of the abundant pristine hiking and bicycle paths. There are plenty of bike rental companies around town, and miles of trails. The Pacific Crest Trail is located on Mount Ashland in the Siskiyou Rogue River National Forest . Another piece of the Pacific Crest Trail is located in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument , southeast of Ashland . For more information, check with the Ashland Woodlands & Trails Association.
For those who prefer easy pleasant walks, Lithia Park in town provides a lovely area to walk. And if you're not into hiking at all, you can still experience the beauty of the area via horseback! Nearby Emigrant Lake provides opportunities to camp, fish, picnic as well as a fun water park for kids of all ages.During the winter months skiers can choose from downhill and cross-country trails at Mt. Ashland Ski & Snowboard Resort , just 15 miles south of Ashland . Mount Ashland receives more than 300 inches of snow each year, with 23 trails plus chute skiing in a bowl. Skiers can purchase all-day lift tickets or rent cross-country skis and grab trail maps at the Ashland Outdoor Store on Third Street . Back in town there is also an ice skating rink across from beautiful 100-acre Lithia Park .