Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

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Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

Oregon

(541) 618-2200

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Overview

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is a great place for visitors to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities in a unique hotspot of natural and cultural diversity. Located at the crossroads of the Cascade, Klamath, and Siskiyou mountain ranges, scientists have long recognized the outstanding ecological values of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (CSNM). The convergence of three geologically distinct mountain ranges resulted in an area with remarkable biological diversity and a tremendously varied landscape. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was created to protect an array of biological, geological, hydrological, archeological and historic resources. Although important individually, collectively these resources comprise a unique, diverse ecosystem.

Recreational activities, such as hiking, fishing and horseback riding, are allowed throughout the monument with certain restrictions designed to help protect, maintain, restore or enhance sensitive plant and animal communities. Please help preserve the monument's natural resources when using the monument for recreation. Some of the best ways to explore this unique landscape include visiting the Hyatt Lake Recreation Complex and hiking on the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT). The CSNM consists of approximately 53,000 acres of BLM-administered land in rugged Southwestern Oregon. Privately owned land is often adjacent to public land in the CSNM. Please respect the rights of private property owners and stay on public land when visiting the monument.

Popular with hikers and climbers, the nearby Pilot Rock stands out as one of the most striking features of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The remnant of an ancient volcano, Pilot Rock is visible from much of the Shasta Valley in northern California and parts the Rogue Valley in southern Oregon. Over time, the exterior volcano eroded away, leaving behind the impressive columnar basalt of the ancient volcano's central vent. Fossil sites in the vicinity of Pilot Rock contain leaf impressions and conifer cones that became embedded in volcanic ash beds 25-35 million years ago.

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Latitude, Longitude: 42.222924, -122.561073

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Cycling is a great way to spend a day in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Bicycles are allowed on all open roads and on some roads designated for administrative use but otherwise closed to vehicle traffic. Bicycles are not allowed on cross-country routes, trails (including the PCT), or roads closed for decommissioning.

  • Camping

    The Hyatt Lake Recreational Area offers several developed campgrounds, and dispersed camping is allowed throughout most of the National Monument. Campfires are allowed in areas where dispersed camping is permitted, as long as they are consistent with Oregon state regulations. Fires are often prohibited during the dry season.

  • Climbing

    The south face of Pilot Rock provides some of the best technical climbing opportunities in southwestern Oregon. Seven technical routes exist on Pilot Rock. To date, four of the routes have conservatively placed fixed anchors. For the protection of natural geologic features and vegetation such as lichens and mosses, technical rock climbing in the monument is only allowed on Pilot Rock. New fixed anchors cannot be placed without prior BLM authorization. Please contact Dennis Byrd for additional information on establishing new anchors (541-618-2369).

  • Fishing

    Due to limited vehicular access, the monument provides exceptional opportunities for those wishing to hunt or fish in a wilderness-like setting. The nearby Hyatt Lake Recreation Area has dock facilities and a fish cleaning station for visitor use.

  • Hiking

    Hiking is one of the best ways to explore the monument's ecological diversity. The Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail (PCT) provides the easiest access for day hikers and is the only designated trail in the monument. A hike along the Pacific Crest Trail winds through oak woodlands, old-growth ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir forests, grasslands, and ceanothus-filled shrublands.

  • Horseback Riding

    Stock use is allowed throughout the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. Horse/stock camping facilities are available at Hyatt Lake Recreation Area. Stock users are encouraged to use existing trails such as the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail, although cross country travel is allowed. To minimize erosion, prevent the spread of weeds, and to protect fragile plant communities, stock users should comply with all BLM regulations.

  • Hunting

    Due to limited vehicular access, the monument provides exceptional opportunities for those wishing to hunt or fish in a wilderness-like setting.

  • Water Sports

    The nearby Hyatt Lake Recreation Area offers seasonal water-based activities.

  • Winter Sports

    During the winter, plentiful snow at higher elevations makes cross-country skiing a run way to tour the monument during winter months. Many cross-country ski opportunities also exist in the Hyatt Lake Recreation Area. Snowmobiles are also a popular way to explore the monument and areas north of the monument during winter months. Snowmobiles are allowed on open roads north of Highway 66.

Seasonality/Weather

To protect peregrine falcons and their nesting productivity at Pilot Rock, the south and east sides of Pilot Rock are subject to seasonal closures from February 1 to July 30 each year. These seasonal climbing restrictions may be lifted if the BLM determines that peregrine falcons are not nesting or confirms that their young have fledged and moved far enough away from the rock face to avoid disturbance by climbers.

Directions

Driving

The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is located immediately north of the California/Oregon border near Interstate 5. The easiest access is Highway 66 near the town of Ashland, Oregon.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(541) 618-2200

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