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Photo by Steve DieffenbacherHikers can see a stunning view just off the Pacific Crest Trail near Soda Mountain.

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument hikes

Hikes are being led into the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument by the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council through July 1. Sign up required at sodamtnwild@yahoo.com.

Saturday, May 19: Ornithologist Pepper Trail will lead a hike to explore the canyons, oak parkland and gallery forest of lower Scotch Creek (elevation 2,600 feet) in the hidden Horseshoe Ranch Wildlife Area, a California addition to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument above Iron Gate Reservoir. Easy hiking on a gated road and old track, with distance depending on the group. Wildflowers and maybe some very shallow stream crossings. Sign up at sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to get more information and learn the 7 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

Sunday, May 20: Botanist Steve Jessup leads this shuttled trip from a “Sound of Music” starting point (elevation 4,500 feet) west of Tom Spring Mountain, cross-country down the ridge between Cattle and Sampson creeks in the Sampson Creek Preserve to lower Sampson Creek just above Emigrant Reservoir (elevation 2,300 feet). About 3 miles (or so), much off-trail. Moderate, but some steep downhill. Sign up at sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to get more information and learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

Monday, May 28: Botanist John Villella will lead this shuttled trip. The group will hike the Grizzly Peak loop trail (elevation 5,922 feet) to its far west end, and then head cross-country and down through the Grizzly Peak Preserve to Pompadour Drive (elevation 2,200 feet). About 7 miles, long and difficult. Sign up at sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to get more information and learn the 8 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

Saturday, June 2: Ecologist Jay Lininger will lead a ramble around Canyon Ridge (elevation 4,400 feet). Impressive views west across the Bear Creek Valley and east to Table Mountain from this botanically interesting, obscure and very nice mixed-conifer and oak-savannah area. Moderate to difficult, 3 or 4 miles of mostly off-trail hiking, some steep. Sign up at sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to get more information and learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

Saturday, June 9: SOU aquatic biologist Michael Parker will lead a tough, 4-mile round-trip hike along the Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon (elevation 3,300 feet) and then very steeply down to the impressive, but little-known Jenny Creek Falls (elevation 2,700 feet) in California. The hike down to the falls and back is more like a mountain climb scramble. Quite difficult. Sign up with Michael Parker at parker@sou.edu to get more information and learn the 8:30 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

Sunday, June 17: Ramble along the top of Surveyor Mountain Ridge (elevation 6,500 feet) with National Park Service research ecologist and SMWC board member Dennis Odion in the Monument’s northeast corner. About two cross-country miles with relatively little elevation change. Easy. Sign up at sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to get more information and learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

Saturday, June 23: National Park Service research botanist Dominic DiPaolo will explore the classic remnant forest of the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves (elevation 4,800 feet). Nice view across the upper Bear Creek Valley from the rim above Sampson Creek. Three-plus miles of off-trail hiking. Moderate or easy (route is adjustable). Sign up at sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to get more information and learn the 9 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

Thursday, June 28: Botanist Kristi Merganthaler and terrestrial ecologist Evan Frost will lead an early evening hike through beautiful older forests and flower-filled meadows to a viewpoint (elevation 5,850 feet) on Grizzly Peak overlooking the Bear Creek Valley. About three miles round-trip. Easy/moderate. Sign up at sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to get more information and learn the 4 p.m. meeting point in Ashland.

Sunday, July 1: Ecologist Jay Lininger will lead a scramble up Vulture Rock (elevation 6,054 feet) above the Pacific Crest Trail near Griffin Pass for big views of Johnson Prairie, Surveyor Mountain, the upper Jenny Creek watershed, Mount McLoughlin and Mount Shasta. About three miles round-trip with some off-trail hiking, rock/talus hopping, and a few hands-and-feet climbing moves at the top. Easy-to-moderate hiking with a nontechnical climb to a summit that acrophobes may find very difficult. Sign up at sodamtnwild@yahoo.com to get more information and learn the 8:30 a.m. meeting point in Ashland.

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