Medford District | OR
Season Dates: 04/01 - 12/01
Fees: No fees Associated with this site.
**10/7/14. The re-route of the Pilot Rock trail is complete. Visitors are asked to remain on the newly constructed trail and to not cut between switchbacks or go off of the trail. Rehabilitation activities are underway to repair the heavily compacted soils that remain from the old route.**
Popular with hikers and climbers, 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.
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. 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.
New fixed anchors cannot be placed without prior BLM authorization. Please contact Dennis Byrd (541-618-2200) for additional information on establishing new anchors.
In 2001, a pair of peregrine falcons reoccupied a historic nest site. In order to protect the falcons which are protected as a species of special concern, there are some limitations on these activities.
From I-5 south, take Exit 6 for Mt. Ashland. Merge onto Old Hwy 99. Follow the signs for Siskiyou Summit. After 2.2 miles, turn left at BLM 40-2E-33 (Pilot Rock Rd.).