A short section of Highway 66 near Milepost 12 has been sliding downhill for decades. This year the slide has accelerated. Consequently Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has decided to move ahead immediately with a long-anticipated reconstruction project. They plan to start digging this week.
An unposted alternative is also available via Buckhorn Springs and Tyler Creek Roads. This route adds about one mile to the usual trip. About six miles, the Buckhorn Springs and Tyler Creek sections, are unpaved and several portions are steep. These roads are frequently traveled by local residents but not preferred for commuting.
Highway 66 will be closed to through traffic from Thursday, August 3 until the end of the month.
ODOT is posting an eastbound detour starting at the intersection of Highway 66 and Dead Indian Memorial Highway, about a quarter of mile east of I-5 Exit 14. This alternative route, all on paved roads, will add about 17 miles to the usual journey from I-5 to Green Springs Inn & Cabins.
The Dead Indian route starts at the intersection of Highway 66 and continues northeast up a canyon to the intersection of Hyatt Prairie Road. At Hyatt Prairie, the detour turns right past Howard Prairie Lake and continues south to an intersection near Hyatt Lake campground. A large Hyatt Lake Recreation Area sign marks the entrance to the campground to the left. The detour route turns right at this sign and descends three miles to the intersection of Hyatt Lake Access Road and Highway 66. Green Springs Inn is located at this intersection. (See map.)
This alternative is strongly recommended for heavy loads and recreational vehicles.
(The distance from I-5 Exit 14 to GSI via this route is about 16.5 miles. The Google map starts in downtown Ashland.)
The time required for this trip is about 55-60 minutes from I-5 Exit 14. (The Google estimate is based on starting from downtown Ashland.)
NOTE TO GSI GUESTS: If the Highway 66 closure renders your travel or entertainment plans stressful or impossible, call us at 541-890-6435. We will accept cancellations.
To access the Buckhorn Springs/Tyler Creek alternative, drive east on Highway 66 past the detour signs at the Dead Indian Highway turnoff. Continue past Emigrant Lake to the Buckhorn Springs Road intersection around Milepost 9.5. Turn right on Buckhorn Springs Road and drive about two miles east to the junction with Tyler Creek Road. Bear left on Tyler Creek and continue another three miles east to Highway 66. Take a hard right on Highway 66. Green Springs Inn is about 2.5 miles east of the Tyler Creek intersection. (See map.)