The Mike Uhtoff Trail is named after an Ashland man who worked to preserve public forest lands near the city. Photo by Myles Murphy

Trail a tribute to Ashlander

An Ashland man who worked for years to preserve public forestlands and hiking areas around the city has been honored posthumously with a trail named after him.

The Mike Uhtoff Trail, which connects with the White Rabbit Trail above Park Street in Siskiyou Mountain Park, honors the businessman, naturalist and teacher who died in 2009.

Uhtoff spearheaded a fundraising drive in the 1990s to preserve the land that became Siskiyou Mountain Park.

"He was instrumental in that park being created in the first place," said Diane Garcia of the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.

The Mike Uhtoff Trail, for use by hikers only, is a half-mile loop connecting with the White Rabbit Trail, a popular hiking and biking trail. The trails are part of the Creek to Crest trail system, running through Siskiyou Mountain Park from the top of Park Street.

The trail is well shaded with a canopy of mature conifers. It is relatively steep in areas and offers views of the valley below as well as some giant boulders along the path.

Uhtoff died at 70 in February 2009. Since 1985, he had been the owner of the Northwest Nature Shop in Ashland along with his wife, Kathy, who survives him.

— Ashland Daily Tidings

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