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).

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