A view from the top of Soda Mountain

By John Yunker on

John Yunker

Playwright, author of the environmental novel The Tourist Trail and co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.

From Soda Mt. to Mt. Shasta

Living in Ashland, Oregon, we’re spoiled with nature.

We have deer and foxes and the occasional bear all within city limits. And you can escape people in about twenty minutes by simply lacing up a pair of sneakers and walking up into the hills.

But occasionally it’s nice to get in a car and really get out of town. Which we did last weekend. We hiked via the Pacific Crest Trail to the top of Soda Mountain (about 6,000 feet) and were gifted with this view south into California and Mt. Shasta.

The Soda Mountain Wilderness Area is one of the newest protected areas in these parts. And we plan to return.

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