Soda Mountain is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Ashland, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length4.0 miElevation gain836 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyCross-country skiingHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsRunningDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeSnow
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This is an easy out and back trail to the summit and fire watch tower of Soda Mountain. You start on the PCT headed South 1.1mi. You'll come to a trail junction on your left, take it up .2mi. This brings you to a road and you'll turn right and head up .8mi to the summit. The views are hard to beat.

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Tarah D
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Lovely hike

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Crystal Blower
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10/11/20: Not the prettiest hike at the beginning and some of it was up a road, but the end result was surely worth it. Did it with my eight year old and he was a pro, only thing he didn’t like was the parts where the weeds were overgrown and rubbing on his arms and legs.

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Justin Katz
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Amazing lookout

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Madhu G
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the trail head is after a 3.8 mile unpaved road , part of which is residential ,which has signs of no hunting , no trespassing all over , sort of scary, also when we got to the start of trailhead there were no cars . too lonely, no network , we did not feel comfortable going ahead with hike :(

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Joshua Shannon
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Soda Mountain wilderness is pretty. It is also surprisingly fragrant. Trail meanders down the PCT for 2/3 of the hike and then turns to hit an access road to the top of the mountain. Long and steady incline to the top, culminating in views of Mt. Ashland, Pilot Rock, Mt. Shasta and an outcrop of radio antennae’s.

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DoctorofaCertainSize .
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Great trail. The top is marred by the satellites/bunch of mechanical equipment but even so it has beautiful 360 views. This is “easy” but the last 1/2 mile up is a quad burner, 450 feet elevation gain in 1/2 mile. The start of the trail is prime rattlesnake territory with tall grasses and sunny trail, so watch your step. The road walk is nice to let the dogs run around off leash safely.

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Alex Shurygin
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Suzanne Kaminski
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wonderful trail, spectacular views. I almost missed the cutover off the PCT. hard to see the switchback cutaway. well worth the walk.

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Lawrence Browne
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Nice. Lots of butterflies.

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Larissa Meany
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Easy trail. One turn off marked with a piece of paper so look out and watch your route.

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Ray Letulle
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No issues. Well marked and in good shape.

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Debbie Benitez
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The views make this trail worth every step! I think it’s moderate, though, not easy. The road to the trail head is unpaved and full of potholes-for 4 miles. But all in all a spectacular view and beautiful trail, just very steep at the end.

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Tina August
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You park in the same spot as the Hobart bluff trail so you can do both. The PCT portion is beautiful as is the trail connecting the PCT to the road. The view from the top is beautiful and you are quite a bit higher than Hobart bluff. At the top it is quite industrial feeling but I love this trail. Today when we hiked it the parking lot was full but not a single person was on this trail - they all went to Hobart.

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Chris Bee
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Erin Kirkman
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Such beautiful trail in the spring! tons of views and beautiful wildflowers. Would be 5 stars but the last stretch on the road and the top radio tours are just not quite it. this hike is definitely a Southern Oregon must!

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Diane Kaminski
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The view at the top was great. The trail itself has some tree fall that has not been cleared, so there is some maneuvering around. Some areas of the trail are not well marked and we walked past some turning points, so GPS and/or map skills are necessary.

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Josh Hulstein
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Great view of Shasta looking south when you get to the top. But the trail between the pct and the road is narrow and overgrown. The road portion ruins the enjoyment and the top of the mountain is very industrial, with like every cell phone tower and antenna possible. The pct section through here is 5 star though. We will come back to day hike that.

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Mike Lemieux
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It's a nice little hike. There's no marking on the PCT on where to turn so you have to be on the lookout for a sharp left about a mile in on the PCT. The road is on the steep side going up but it's not too long and you get quite the view once you reach the end of the road.

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Heather Mooney
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Beautiful forest and wild flowers for the first few miles but don’t be like us and miss the turn upward and instead go down the PCT - it’s easy to do but the area is gorgeous so it’s not the end of the world. The trail leads to a steep access road to the top, this is not easy, and the views are great but the Forest Service observatory equipment (satellite dishes and other instruments) detracts from the experience. I was surprised no one mentioned it in the comments as it was kind of a bummer to discover it once reaching the mountain. Bring sunscreen on a sunny day as there is little shade at the top. Views of Shasta are out of sight.

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Thomas Hadig
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Compared to the last review, the road to the parking lot was all clear. However, most of the trail was covered in snow and we often had difficulties finding where the trail led. Once we made it to the top, we were greeted with a view that was unparalleled by any other that we have seen near Ashland. You could easily see Mt Shasta and the entire Rogue Valley in a view that covered almost 360 degrees at the top.

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Greg Biles
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Fantastic hike! One of the family's favorites. Beautiful meadows full of flowers and breathtaking views of Mt. Shasta at the top. Easy hike.

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Eric Garrett
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Nice hike. Pretty quick and easy. The only semi tough part was the stretch of uphill road you climb to the top. Good amount of wildflowers and nice views of Shasta, McLoughlin, and Pilot Rock. There was mud at the beginning of the trail and it was thick, so bring an extra pair of shoes/socks if it has recently rained.

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Ima Happyhiker
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Nice trail. Hiked on 5/5/18 and saw very few people. Small patches of snow in a couple of places. Beautiful wildflowers and beautiful views. I wouldn't rate this as easy. The road that you walk to the top is straight up. Moderate would be a better rating. Great hike, but prepare to earn the amazing views.

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Gerard Bonfils
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I hiked to Soda Mountain on a partly cloudy mid-November day (Veterans’ day). There are several different options to go to either Hobart Bluff or Soda Mountain, or both. If short on time or stamina, the best way would be to drive up Soda Mountain Road from OR66 and park at the Hobart Bluff trailhead. From the parking lot, Hobart Bluff is approximately 2.5 miles round-trip and Soda Mountain just about 4 miles round-trip. The 360 degrees views from Hobart Bluff (360) are great…and the views from Soda Mountain (especially the Mt Shasta basin) are event better. From my hike, I was looking for a bit more distance and parked right off OR 66 at the point where it intersects with the PCT. From there, reaching both Hobart Bluff and soda mountain is between 12 and 13 miles round-trip depending on choices. I took the PCT up to the Hobart Bluff trailhead on Soda Mountain road . This is a 5 miles segment, with the side trip to Hobart Bluff. That side trip is definitely worth the extra .75 miles. The PCT winds in and out of private property on its way to Hobart Bluff; it is also noticeably on the rocky side and requires paying some close attention to where the feet go. The trail follows closely the north-south ridge that goes all the way to Hobart Bluff and the parking lot beyond. The trail is sometimes on the ridge itself (including a couple nice open meadows) and sometimes just below the ridge on the west or east side. This being November, there were few spots where the trail was covered in (oldish) snow but totally passable. The abundance of triangular PCT blazes would make it easy to find the way even if the snow cover was significantly deeper. The parking lot for the Hobart Bluff trailhead (at the 5 miles mark) is a good spot to rest for a little while. There are restrooms (no water I could see) and a few boulders to sit on comfortably. From there, I chose to continue on Soda Mountain Road to just about below the summit, on the east side. I had notice on the Alltrails map a connecting forest road labeled “40-3E-28” and intended to take that connector to gain access to the summit. That “road” apparently does not exist. I search for it going a little further than the displayed intersection, and retracing my step a little in case I missed it. No road! The snow was a foot deep on the slope and it is not totally impossible that I missed it; however, even bushwhacking my way up the steep snowy slope, I did not cross anything that would feel remotely like a road (even a primitive one). Gaining the summit I enjoyed the stunning views towards Shasta to the south, Pilot Rock and Mt Ashland to the west. Definitely worth getting up there (even if the bristling of antennas and satellite dishes of all kind makes it a less than “enchanting” summit to visit. From there, I returned via the Soda Mountain LOOKOUT road (closed metal gate at its junction with the Soda Mountain road) in foot deep virgin snow most of the way. Back at the Hobart Bluff trailhead, I took Soda Mountain road all the way down to OR66, enjoying beautiful views of Hobart Bluff cliffs in a couple place.

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Kayla Smith
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Pretty short hike. Warning-its not well marked. So pay attention to the map. Luckily for me someone warned me and told me where to go. Turn left at the PCT trailhead, there's a narrow path there that goes behind the toilet. And then watch for the turn on the map.... it's not labeled and almost impossible to see bc of fallen trees and it's a narrow hidden trail. Then you'll get to the road, which is the only challenging part of the hike bc it's straight uphill. Keep going bc the views are great at the top!

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Jennifer Steele
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Excellent!! Long ish hike and the drive is totally worth it!

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Teresa Kohart
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Beautiful area! had an encounter with a mountain lion hiking up to the lookout

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Michael Duffy
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The hike was nice, the views were spectacular. But beware of snow. There was still a fair amount on May 9th. Also, this trails should be rated moderate, not easy

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