I just happened to be cycling around and found a bike path next to the railroad tracks. In talking to someone walking on the path, I was told that it’s about 30 miles long and “goes all the way to Central Point!”. Later, I spoke with 2 other people, and they too said that it “goes all the way to Central Point!”.
Apparently Central Point is on the other side of Medford, and that makes people happy! I saw signs referring to it as the Bear Creek Trail and another said it’s the Creek to Crest Bike Trail.
The part I was on stops for a bit and then picks up down on Oak Street. NO problem, I’ll just cycle down Oak and follow the signs. However, there are NO signs.
After talking to some locals, and getting lost a couple of times, I found it. Sure would be nice to have some signs. One time when I was talking to a city employee [that I just happened to cycle upon], he said, “Ashland doesn’t like to put signs up”. I guess the bike trial is supposed to be a secret.
To find the trail, you need to cycle past the Llama farm.
Then past a cool abandoned gas station.
Then past the Wastewater Treatment Facility.
The trail follows the path of Bear Creek.
This sign sums up the condition of the path. The only word missing on the sign is “Very”.
Someone did go thru and mark the rough spots with green spray paint. Unsure if it’s to let cyclists know where it’s really rough, or what they plan on fixing at some time in the future. If it’s the fixing reason, they just need to re-do the entire d*mn thing.
Most of the trail is next to I-5. The path is between I-5 and a wall.
There is also a portion where it is right next to highway 99.
And last but not least, I have to mention the REALLY run down, trashy trailer park that you cycle by.