Pilot Rock Trail

Soda Mountain Wilderness Area, Oregon

Distance0.5mi
Elevation Gain523ft
Trailhead Elevation5,154ft
Top5,665ft
Elevation Min/Max5154/5665ft
Elevation Start/End5154/5154ft

Pilot Rock Trail

Pilot Rock Trail is a hiking trail in Jackson County, Oregon. It is within Soda Mountain Wilderness Area. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 5,154 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 523 feet. This trail connects with the following: Pacific Crest Trail.

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Hiking Southern Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Art Bernstein and Zach Urness
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"A winding trail to a famous pioneer landmark, featuring stunning views and a thrilling climb. The climb to the summit has many vertical drop-offs and should be attempted with utmost caution. People have been killed falling off Pilot Rock. Avoid this hike in wet weather or if there’s snow on the peak. The trail up Pilot Rock has been rerouted a few times. The route described here is new and expected to open to the public in August 2014. Pilot Rock measures 500 feet in diameter and 400 feet high. From a distance its sides appear nearly perpendicular and the structure seems uniformly round and insurmountable, which is not actually the case. The hike itself should be viewed as two different experiences." Read more
75 Scrambles in Oregon: Best Non-Technical Ascents (The Mountaineers Books)
Barbara I. Bond
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"The Klamath Mountains dominate southern Oregon and northwest California and include the Siskiyou Mountains. The Siskiyous are significant for both their east-west orientation and because they are a geological divide between the Cascade and Coast Ranges. Uniquely positioned both geographically and geologically, Pilot Rock is near the eastern edge of the Siskiyous and was a prominent landmark for Native Americans and later for pioneers. Pilot Rock is a volcanic remnant and abruptly juts out of the surrounding trees in high contrast to the dense forest. Although short, the scramble to the top of Pilot Rock requires you to use balance and agility. This is an athletic scramble with fine summit views of Mount Shasta and nearby Siskiyou peaks. Special considerations: Do not attempt this scramble in wet conditions." Read more

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5/11/2008
TOO MUCH SNOW...DIDN"T EVEN MAKE IT TO PARKING LOT WITH CAR...WALK TO PARKING LOT THEN ON UP....SNOW COVERED THE TRAIL HEAD....FOG COVERED THE VIEW OF PILOT ROCK....ON WAY BACK TO CAR FOG HAD CLEARED AND WE COULD SEE PILOT ROCK BUT THE SNOW STILL COVERED THE WAY...WILL TRY AGAIN....,SO MUCH WANT TO GO UP THERE.....
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Trail Information

Soda Mountain Wilderness Area
Nearby City
Soda Mountain Wilderness Area
Parks
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
BLM Medford District Office: (541) 618-2200 (Don’t let them divert you to their regional office in Seattle.)
Local Contacts
USGS Siskiyou Pass; BLM Medford District
Local Maps

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Dec 2018