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Geology of the Cascade Foothills

  • Ashland, OR United States (map)

The Imperatrice property, owned by the city of Ashland, is located on a large landslide that provides an excellent location to view the entire Bear Creek Valley and the various geological formations that are found within the valley and adjacent ridges. We will walk about 1.5 miles uphill to get to the top of the landslide where we will eat lunch. After lunch, we will walk back down the hill. Along the way we will discuss visible geological features and explain how the region has changed through time.

The hike will be led by Karen Grove, Professor Emerita in the Department of Earth & Climate Sciences at San Francisco State University, where she taught classes in geology and oceanography. Her specialty is sediments and sedimentary rocks; her research involved using sediments, mostly in California, to understand how faults moved and other aspects of tectonic history. In 2015 she moved to Ashland where she regularly teaches geology classes for the OLLI program and gives talk for various local organizations.

Guides: Karen Grove
Focus: Geology of Southern Oregon
Limit: 15
Meeting Location: Off north Ashland freeway exit to carpool. Exact meeting location and directions will be emailed upon registration.
Difficulty: Moderately challenging: steep uphill on rough trails up to 3 miles round trip.

Waiting List:
Folks on the waiting list often get invited to the hike, so please add your name if the hike is full.

Banner image: City of Ashland Imperatrice property photo by Sisalee Leavitt.