The Soda Mountain Wilderness in southwestern Oregon is an ecological mosaic where the state's eastern desert meets towering fir forests. The biodiversity of the area includes fir forests, sunlit oak groves, meadows filled with wildflowers, and steep canyons. The area is home to a spectacular variety of rare species of plants and animals including Roosevelt elk, cougars, black bears, golden and bald eagles, goshawks and falcons. Prior to designation as wilderness, the Clinton administration designated 53,000 acres of federal land in the area as the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in June 2000 to protect this extraordinary biological reserve.

hiking
9 days ago

Posted a picture of alternate ledge route up the front of Pilot Rock. The ledge has a blind curve in it you can not see around but the ledge does bring you around to where you can climb to the summit. We did this with no ropes or protection. Very straight forward with just hanging onto the rock and walking the ledge.The problem comes in with the total exposure. The entire ledge walk is a no fall zone as in if you fall it is along ways down and death is a certainty. This was the most exposed route I have ever been on and it was thrilling for me. I have hiked all over the country and this route up Pilot rock was one of my favorites. Seem very few do the ledge route because of the extreme exposure but oh so fun.

hiking
1 month ago

the road in is terrible half to go 5mph its so rocky. the hike is short but steep not to bad. i almost got stuck in the south west face as another person on here said happened to him dont go up that way. i was by myself unaware of how sketchy it was to get to the summit it was very steep but i made it and it was awesome once i got to the top. the only reason its not a 5 star for me is because i was unprepared but now that i know what to expect id do it again

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. First time there and will go back over and over. Very diverse for such a short hike. I did hover scare the living crap out of myself cause I didnt go all the way up the crack at the top. I instead wondered out on the South or Southwest face....havent scared myself that bad in 20 years. After I figured it all out I felt like a turd. I am going back often. Do people really take their pups up there?

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail!

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

Well maintained especially considering the tough winter. Spectacular views with the day being so clear yesterday.

backpacking
6 months ago

Quite the hike. I accidentally added a few more miles making it just at 11 miles. If you want a great workout? This is for you. A little slippery at the top with the shale rock but the views and scenery are amazing! The wildflowers are so beautiful. I started just passed the Mt Ashland turn off.

6 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Really nice view from the top. Definitely worth climbing up.

7 months ago

Better than grizzly

on Pilot Rock

7 months ago

If you are wanting to work out your butt, this trail is it.