Boccard~Soda Loop (Soda Mountain Wilderness) 03-Dec-2021

After two days of heavy lifting and organizing, a swarm of volunteers (me included) got the library’s long-delayed used book sale ready to go. It’s not technically a sale, as the books are free, but donations are readily accepted. The LovedOne spent today there with other volunteers, running around keeping the cellulose moving out the door. Seems there was a pent-up demand for books (Why would that be?) and donations on this first day were particularly generous. 😁 The sale continues tomorrow and hopefully so will the donations – which are used to fund some of the library’s reading and outreach projects.

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Green Mountain (Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument) 13-Jun-2021

We made a modest donation to the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council and they sent us a newsletter, which, among other things, listed four off-beat hikes in the Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness. We’d done three of the four but the fourth, a loop past Green Mountain (not to be confused with Green Springs Mountain) from the road to Boccard Point, was new to us. It looked like a 4 mile (6.4 km) loop that would fit neatly into the pleasant morning of a day forecast to end with clouds, wind, and rain (which it did 😀).

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Snow on the Siskiyous (Southern Oregon) 11-Nov-2020

In November of 2016, we hiked out to Boccard Point from the (then new to us) trailhead on Baldy Creek Road. It was snowing when we started, the Point was packed in clouds when we got there, and the sun only appeared when we were on our way back. 🙄 In May of this year I used this same trailhead to hike west on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) to Porcupine Mountain. The views along this route were impressive – perhaps even a little more so than from the Point. Scroll forward to today and the first snows have fallen on this section of the PCT. With more and bigger snows expected soon, today seemed like the moment to reprise the views experienced on that May hike, this time on walkable snow and with The LovedOne. ❤

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Boccard~Soda Loop (Soda Mtn. Wilderness) 26-Apr-2020

The hike out to the big views from Boccard Point in the Soda Mountain Wilderness is one of the classics here in Southwestern Oregon. You can reach it in two ways: as an out-and-back along the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from the Hobart Bluff Trailhead or from a more informal trailhead at the end of the Baldy Creek Road, one we first found out about from the Siskiyou Mountain Club. We’d hiked in from Hobart Bluff last year and so decided to venture in from Baldy Creek this year. We made a loop out of it by adding a short, easy cross-country transit over the summit of Soda Mountain. The views from both the point and the mountain were superb on this day of most excellent hiking weather. 🙂

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Boccard Point (Soda Mountain Wilderness) 11-Aug-2019

Well, the big thunderstorms came and went, leaving behind some much needed rain and (thankfully) no big wildfires. We thought to capitalize on the cool, but clearing, weather that followed the storm by hiking out to Boccard Point in the Soda Mountain Wilderness. If the sky cooperates, big views of Mount Shasta to the south can be had from there. Plus, we hadn’t been to the point together since 2016 and then it was snowing! o_O

To make a day of it, we parked at the Hobart Bluff Trailhead and hiked south on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) from there – passing a dozen or so thru-hikers along the way. Just before the PCT starts its descent to Baldy Creek Road, we dodged downhill to the southeast for a short distance to intersect the primitive trail out to the point. We were surprised to find a half mile of that trail obliterated by what looked to us like a recently cut fire break. If so, why now? The world wonders…

Past this damage, the trail was encroached on only by seasonal vegetation and was easy to hike (even though the still wet veg soaked our boots). The day had started out overcast but the clouds were starting to break-up and become picturesque by the time we gained the point. Big views for Shasta, Pilot Rock, and Soda Mountain. The sun joined us for the journey back, which we shortened by going cross-country over a gentle ridge to connect with the PCT near a small pond. A very good day to be outside. Seven or so miles on rich loamy earth, with cedar and pine aromas, senescent meadows, scampering chipmunks, and gorgeous views. 🙂

Clouds starting to break-up over the Hobart Bluff Trailhead
Going south on the PCT
Very early Fall colors
A fire break (?) disrupts part of the trail out to the point
And then the trail returned to being slightly over-grown
That brave hiker smile on Boccard Point, with Pilot Rock in the background
Pilot Rock
Mount Shasta and Iron Gate Reservoir
Soda Mountain
Starting back
On the primitive trail
Here we left the primitive trail and went straight over the low ridge ahead
View north from the crest of the low ridge (the PCT is at the bottom of the meadow)
The small, spring-fed pond just northwest of the PCT
Along the PCT just before the trailhead
Our track to and from Boccard Point

Piloting to Boccard Point (Soda Mtn. Wilderness) 23-Sep-2017

Boccard Point Soda Mountain Wilderness Oregon

While we were hiking in Nevada, a couple of cold fronts swept through Southern Oregon and Northern California, clearing out the choking smoke and bringing rain to stifle the many wildfires plaguing our area. Although the rain helped a lot, it wasn’t sufficient to put the fires dead-out, so several national forest and wilderness area closures remain in effect (likely till next Spring in some cases). This required a major re-think of our Fall hiking plans. Fortunately, the nearby Soda Mountain Wilderness was still open for business. It’s adjacent to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, which is now under threat from the current administration’s utterly misguided belief that we have too much wilderness and not enough clear-cuts. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which is more of a threat to our outdoors – wildfires or politicians? To assuage this unsettling thought, I headed out (The LovedOne having resumed her volunteer duties at the county library) to visit the various “pilot” rocks and peaks dotting the Soda Mountain Wilderness.

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Boccard Point (Soda Mtn. Wilderness) 19-Jan-2015

Boccard Point Soda Mountain Wilderness Oregon

Boccard Point (Hike #54 in Sullivan’s 100 Hikes in Southern Oregon (Third Edition)) is in Southern Oregon’s Soda Mountain Wilderness, due south of Soda Mountain itself, which we hiked last May in a sleet storm wearing little more than t-shirts and hiking short. Yesterday was similarly cold, but at least sunny, so we thought we’d hike out to Boccard Point for its view of California, which is only 3 miles to the south. For this hike, we started from the Hobart Bluff Trailhead on Soda Mountain Road about 4 miles in from Highway 66. You can also reach the Point with more driving on gravel, but less hiking, from an access point further south along on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). Continue reading “Boccard Point (Soda Mtn. Wilderness) 19-Jan-2015”