Toothpick Trail, the third and last trail discussed here that is part of the Ashland Watershed Trail system, is a well-known spot just a short drive from town that is quite popular with hikers, mountain bikers and dog owners. The trail is about 4 miles round-trip and has an elevation gain of roughly 300 feet.
The trail starts off with some incline for about 15 minutes, but then flattens out for a large majority of the trail. About half way along the trail there is a bench and an opening in the forest for a beautiful view of the higher reaches of Mt. McLoughlin.
There is a trail map at the top of the trail in the event you’d like to continue your hike along either Lamb Mine (recommended for beautiful views) or Caterpillar Trail. The latter could lead you all the way back into town via either the White Rabbit (this will drop you south of town to Park St.) and Alice in Wonderland (this would lead you towards downtown) trails.
Difficulty Level: Moderate
Directions: From the center of town, head southeast down Siskiyou Blvd to Tolman Creek Rd (the intersection has a blinking yellow light). Take a right on Tolman Creek Rd. After 1.2 miles the road turns to a one lane road with turnouts. At 1.7 miles the road will fork, be sure to take a hard right. After 3 miles from turning onto Tolman Creek Rd. you will arrive to the trailhead.
Outdoor Recreation Safety Note: Please be sure to read our safety note on our Outdoor Recreation home page.