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Mt. Ashland campground is on the Klamath National Forest

I was up at the Mount Ashland Ski Area recently and drove up the access road from the parking lot for the first time (I’m usually up there in winter when the road’s closed). I noticed that the Mt. Ashland Campground has a Klamath National Forest sign, when that whole area is part of the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest. What gives?

— Jay F., Ashland

Well, Jay, we at Since You Asked Central get a lot of questions about who runs what, and in this case the sign doesn’t lie.

The Mt. Ashland Campground is part of the Klamath National Forest, but it’s accessed from the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

The dividing line between the two forests is the ridge along Forest Service Road 20, which is the dirt road that leaves the ski area parking lot toward the summit or Grouse Gap. The road travels along the watershed ridge that separates the Rogue River and Klamath river basins.

“The 20 road literally goes back and forth the between the two forests,” Rogue River-Siskiyou Forest spokeswoman Chamise Kramer said.

Even the gate at the end of the parking lot is on Klamath Forest land, but Rogue River-Siskiyou Forest officials are in charge of whether to open or close that gate because they handle access into that area, Kramer says.

The campground is free for camping and day-use picnicking, but it has no water or garbage service, so it is all bring-in, bring-out as far as services. It does, however, have a vault toilet.

The camping limit is 14 days, just like anywhere on federal land. For those camping there, a two-vehicle limit is in place per campsite and that includes a trailer. Extra vehicles should park in the day-use area, according to the Forest Service.

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