Soda Mountain Wilderness: Crossroads of diversity

The 24,000-acre Soda Mountain Wilderness Area was designated in 2009. Trails in the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area include the Pacific Crest Trail, Lone Pilot Trail, Pilot Rock Trail, and the Boccard Point Trail.

Our work in the Soda Mountain Wilderness Area is funded by cost-share agreements with the Medford BLM.

Lone Pilot Trail

The Lone Pilot Trail is a 12-mile network of roads that were closed well before the wilderness was designated. The trail is best accessed from the Pilot Rock parking area and connects with the PCT to form a 15.5-mile loop…Read the detailed route description, view interactive USGS map.

Pacific Crest Trail

In 2013 the Siskiyou Mountain Club adopted an 8-mile section of the Pacific Crest Trail that threads the Soda Wilderness’ northern boundary. We organize maintenance trips to keep the section clear of downed trees and brush. Want to work on our adopted section of the PCT? Join us for a volunteer trip.

Pilot Rock Trail Re-Route

The Pilot Rock Trail was an unplanned user trail that had formed a massive land-scar through a steep meadow on the outcrop’s west side.

Under agreement with the BLM, we built a new trail through a stable, forested area on the outcrop’s northern slope. The trail still needs some work and we are planning projects to restore sensitive habitat that was severely damaged by the old path.

Boccard Point Road to Trail Conversion

Boccard Point is a special outcrop nestled in the heart of the Soda Mountain Wilderness. The 2.2-mile hike ascends 600 feet and affords far-off views of the Klamath Basin, Mt. Shasta, Pilot Rock, Soda Mountain, and Mt. Ashland.

In 2013 contractors re-contoured the closed road to Boccard Point. It left the old road prism rocky, uneven, and hard to walk on. In 2014 our summer trail crew cut a small bench into the route. We continue to do light maintenance on the route to keep it open for the public. Hike to Boccard Point.

Come fall, Hutton Creek on the Lone Pilot Trail bursts with colors.

Big pine
Old growth ponderosa pines are a dominant feature of the Lone Pilot Trail.

Meadow degradation
This rare meadow habitat has been degraded over the years by a user-created trail that reaches the base of Pilot Rock.