The 2060 Road makes a 28 mile loop that is closed to motor vehicles and offers terrific hiking, biking, and birding. Access Lithia Park from I-5 by taking either exit 14 or 19. Travel to downtown Ashland and take Winburn Way south along Lithia Park to where the paved road curves around a fenced picnic area. Turn right on a gravel road here and drive a short distance to the parking area.Directions
Habitat and Birds
This is mixed conifer hardwood forest and offers a good sampling of local birds. Spring and summer are the best times to hike here and a more beautiful walk will be hard to find. Ashland is a gem of a city and many birds may show up in its multiple public locations. Spring and summer: MacGillivray’s Warbler, Anna’s and Rufous Hummingbird, Black-headed Grosbeak, Tree and Barn Swallows, Vaux’s Swift, Flicker, Hairy and Pileated Woodpecker (on the slope north of Granite Street), Lesser Goldfinch, White-breasted Nuthatch, Western Scrub-jay and Steller’s Jays, Band-tailed Pigeon, Spotted Towhee, Nashville Warbler, Western Tanager. In May and June the hills must hold hundreds of Western Wood-pewee, their drooping whistle is almost as constant as the nasal buzz of the Spotted Towhee. A Costa’s Hummingbird was reported from Ashland in 1980 and again in 1996. A Chestnut-sided Warbler was found here in 1982. Source: OFO Publication No. 19, Guide to Birds of the Rogue Valley, Massey & Vroman.