Southwest Oregon: Deeper than Crater Lake

Wave the crowds goodbye


Southwest Oregon has the most remote wildlands to discover on the Pacific Coast. With over 1,400 miles of trails far from the footprint of any major population center.

Inquiries about hiking in Southwest Oregon? Email info@siskiyoumountainclub.org or call 541-708-2056. We’re happy to chat.

Wild Rogue Wilderness

The Wild Rogue Wilderness’s (35,000 acres) steep slopes rise from the Rogue River, carving narrow tributary gorges on their way to intact old growth forests. And it turns out there’s a lot more hiking than the Rogue River Trail.

Read more about hiking and backpacking in the Wild Rogue Wilderness
Check out our maintenance log to see when trails were last maintained there
Pick up the Powers and Gold Beach Map (all proceeds go to restore and maintain trails)

Wild and Scenic Rogue River

Kalmiopsis Wilderness


The 180,000 acre Kalmiopsis Wilderness is rugged, remote and a landscape shaped by fire. With signs missing and almost completely void of humans, the Kalmiopsis is not for the faint of heart, though there are plenty of family friendly hikes.

Learn more about exploring the Kalmiopsis.
Check out our maintenance log to see when trails were last maintained there
Pick up the Powers and Gold Beach Map (all proceeds go to restore and maintain trails)

Pearsoll Peak

Three Wild and Scenic Rivers run through its core, and from those rise a basket case of steep slopes leading to sharp, serpentine ridges. Solitude comes at a cost and you will have to work to make mileage in the Kalmiopsis.
Chetco River

While known for its rugged terrain, the Kalmiopsis has opportunities from easy half-day hikes to mulit-week backpacking routes.

Chetco River

Red Buttes Wilderness


Straddling the Oregon-California border, the 20,000 acre Red Buttes Wilderness is a brilliant showcase of the Siskiyous, and an attractive summer hiking option.

Red Buttes Visitor’s Guide
Check out our maintenance log to see when trails were last maintained there
Pick up the Wild Rivers Map (all proceeds go to restore and maintain trails)

Off trail in the Red Buttes

The Butte Fork-Applegate River Trail runs through its core, providing an artery to a system of connective high country trails. The Red Buttes are populated by ancient forests that give way to rugged ridges and peaks with greedy views of the surrounding valleys. The Red Buttes has a wide range of opportunities, from half-day adventures for families, to intrepid off and on trail backpacking routes. Pursue an easy hike to a mountain lake, or connect to wider trail systems, including the Pacific Crest Trail.


Ancient forests for as long as the eye can see

Soda Mountain Wilderness


The 25,000 acre Soda Mountain Wilderness is just a few minutes from Ashland, Ore., and easy to explore. These mountains are where the ancient Siskiyous and the young Cascades collide to form a recess of biodiversity seen nowhere else in the world.

✓ Very easy access from Interstate 5 and Ashland, Ore.
✓ Easy day hikes to the core of the wilderness
✓ Convergence of dynamic ecosystems
✓ Panoramic views of the Klamath Basin, Rogue Valley, Cascade Range, and Siskiyou Mountains
Check out our maintenance log to see when trails were last maintained there
Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Map (all proceeds go to restore and maintain trails)


Fall foliage at Hutton Creek, Lone Pilot Trail

True fir forests give way to open savannas blessed with ancient pines. Oak chaparral fill mid slopes and fall into rugged creek canyons that charge one of the west’s largest and most controversial watersheds: The Klamath.

For the full experience, backpack a 15.5 mile loop that connects the Lone Pilot Trail with the Pacific Crest Trail. Scramble to the top of Pilot Rock for world class views, take an easy stroll to Boccard Point, or hike eight miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, all within minutes of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. All you need is the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Map, and it helps to have the USGS Topo Maps.


View of Mt. Shasta erupts from Lone Pilot Trail

Pick up the maps you need, and check out our page on trail conditions, or join us in the field.

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