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.
Camping is one of the many ways people enjoy the beauty and diversity of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. The Hyatt Lake Recreational Area offers several developed campgrounds, and dispersed camping is allowed throughout most of the CSNM.
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.
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.
The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is a popular spot for anglers and hunters. Many hunters and anglers use the Hyatt Lake Recreation Area as a base camp for these activities. In addition to camping, the area offers access to 2 boat ramps and dock facilities, nearby creeks, and a fish cleaning station. Hunting is not allowed within the Recreation Area.
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.
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.
In order to protect monument resources, motorized and mechanized vehicles must stay on open roads in the monument. Motorized and mechanized vehicles are not allowed on roads closed by the proclamation or roads identified for decommissioning. more>>
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 exist in the Hyatt Lake Recreation Area.
Snowmobiles are 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. See the Winter Trails Map (PDF) for more detailed information.