Near Talent in the Rogue River National Forest, the Siskiyou Crest Mountain Bike Route begins at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area parking lot (elev. 6600) and follows Forest Road 20 for 14 miles along the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains to Jackson Gap. From the Gap road 800 ascends on the right about 1.5 miles to the summit of Dutchman Peak (7,418 feet). Total distance from Mt. Ashland parking lot to Dutchman Peak and back is about 31 miles. Road 20 is a decomposed granite surface that is maintained each year, but may be rutted or contain rock fall in places. Road 800 to Dutchman Peak is more primitive, and requires some technical ability. Part of this ride is on the route of the famous Revenge of the Siskiyous Mountain Bike race, but don t be alarmed, the race doesnt derive its reputation from this section. The route winds along the crest of the Siskiyou Mountains. The sub-alpine scenery is terrific, and you can tailor the ride to your fitness level or schedule by turning around at any point. Carry sufficient water and a lunch or snack. There is a picnic area and campground about 1/2 mile from the ski area parking lot. Another 1/2 mile farther out is road 300 to the right which will take you on a side trip to the summit of Mt. Ashland (7533). Back on road 20 again at about the 2 mile point, a short road to the left leads to Grouse Gap Shelter, a nice place for a picnic with a view of Mt. Shasta. About 11 miles out is Wrangle Gap; here road 2030 goes downhill to the right about 1/2 mile to Wrangle Camp, a good lunch spot with picnic tables, shelter, and a vault toilet. At the top of Dutchman Peak is one of the very few cupola style fire lookouts left in the Pacific Northwest. The lookout was built in 1927. A brochure entitled The Siskiyou Loop is available for $1.00 at the Ranger Station. Designed as an auto tour guide, bikers will also find it useful and very interesting. Please note that the Pacific Crest Trail, which parallels Forest road 20 most of the route, is closed to bicycles. Bicycles are not allowed on the ski slopes at Mt. Ashland. From the Ashland Ranger Station, drive east on Hwy 66 to Interstate 5. Take l-5 south 9 miles to the Mt. Ashland exit (exit 5). Follow the sign to the Mt. Ashland Access Road (0.7 miles). Turn right onto the Mt. Ashland Road and continue 9 miles to the Ski Ashland Parking Lot.