Hobart Bluff (Cascade-Siskiyou NM) 14-Jan-2018

Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon

Last winter – the one with snow – we did a fun and not-too-hard snowshoe hike to Hobart Bluff in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from Green Springs Summit on Highway 66.  In summer or a snowless winter, reaching Hobart Bluff is an easy, pleasant three or six mile (round-trip) day hike through white fir and oak/chaparral forests and high-country meadows to the Bluff’s craggy basalt cliffs with their expansive views of such peaks as Mount Shasta, Mount McLoughlin, and Pilot Rock. Rather than pine (or whinge) endlessly for snow, we opted to hike from Green Springs Summit to the Hobart Bluff Trailhead via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), then return via the Soda Mountain  Road with a mountain bike-assist.


One impetus for this hike was the promise of a sunny day. As is often the case with weather fueled by irony, this promise was only good for the drive to the trailhead and the first hour or so on the PCT. After that, clouds started to scoot overhead in anticipation of a storm that didn’t actually materialize the next day. Still, the clouds weren’t thick enough to obscure all the views and did add some artful whimsy to our snapshots.

Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Forest, but no snow, along the PCT
Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Clouds over Point 4750
Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Clouds over Green Springs Mountain

Along here is where the PCT passes through a wildlife conservation area, at the south end of which is a gate, which proved to be a good gauge of snow depth.

Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
The gate – January 2018
Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
The gate – March 2017

So on we rolled, across bare meadows, under whimsical clouds that gradually assumed a more menacing countenance.

Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Across a meadow between Points 4750 and 4862
Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Clouds over Point 4862
Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Whimsey or ominous portent?

This is one of the mellower stretches of the PCT and without snow or snowshoes, we reached the summit of Hobart Bluff pretty quickly.

Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Gazing toward a snow-challenged Mount Ashland from atop Hobart Bluff
Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Whimsical water vapor over the Rogue Valley
Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
Even Mount McLoughlin is snow-challenged
Hobart Bluff Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Oregon
We couldn’t see the parts of Mount Shasta missing their snow

We continued on to the Hobart Bluff Trailhead, recovered the bike, rode back to Green Springs Summit (dodging an idiot on Soda Mountain Road who thought avoiding a pothole was worth almost running a bike off the road), got the truck, drove back, recovered The LovedOne, and were at Caldera Brewing in time for lunch. A short (4.8 miles; 1,500 feet of elevation gain) but nice little hike to one of the iconic viewpoints in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Burgers and brews served to temporarily suppress further whinging about the lack of snow…

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