Lying on the Eastern side of the Siskiyou Mountain Range and blending with the Cascade Mountain Range is Soda Mountain. This summit is easy to access and the views are great. While hiking along this Class 1 trail, there are great views off to your right of Mount Ashland, Pilot Rock, and many more of the Siskiyou Mountains. Down below to the right you can also see the little specks which make up the city of Ashland. There is a great view of Mount Shasta when you come up around the bend of the road near the summit and the lookout. Sitting just below Mount Shasta is Irongate Reservoir, which adds very nicely to the Scenic value of this landscape. The summit lookout is staffed during the summer months as a fire lookout, it was built back in 1933.
From Interstate 5 take the Ashland Exit 14 and head East onto Highway 66 for 15 miles. The access road to Soda Mountain will be approximately 200 feet or so before the Green Springs Mountain Summit Sign. As long as you are looking for the Soda Mountain Road, you shouldn’t have a problem finding it. This road will be marked as Soda Mountain Road 39-3E-32.3. When the road is accessible after the snow melts, you will follow it 3.7 miles to some powerlines that cross the road. There is minimal parking beyond the lines. At this point you have a couple of options. You can either continue on this rough road by foot (it is not a nice road to drive with regular cars) for 2.1 miles or you can follow the Pacific Crest Trail for 1.1 miles and then take a spur to your left for 0.2miles. From there you will continue onward to the summit for just under one more mile using the same road you had the option of following where the Pacific Crest Trail started.
If hiking to the summit of this peak in the Winter time follow the same directions to Soda Mountain Road. This is where it changes a little. Most likely the road will be plowed up to about 2.2 miles. From here you will have to hike the additional 1.5 miles to where the Pacific Crest Trail meets with Road. From the junction of the Pacific Crest Trail you will climb about 800 feet in 2.1 miles to reach the summit. Prior to that though you will gain about 1500 feet in 1.5 miles just hiking the road up.
|Best months for climbing:||Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Medford, OR|
|Convenient Center:||Ashland, Oregon|
Thanks to Kelly Canaday for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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