Hiking up to Pilot Rock is no longer the mad scramble up! Thanks to the work of Siskiyou Mountain Club and a Bureau of Land Management Grant to redesign and make an authorized new trail.
Upon seeing Pilot Rock, Mackenzie Banta shouted out, “Happy National Public Lands Day! Mackenzie, from the Conservation Lands Foundation, was here in Ashland to provide consultation to the board members of Friends of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. As we near our 15th year anniversary, she advised us how we can garner community participation to care for our public lands.
Up and down the trail we met enthusiastic hikers from first time local visitors, international travelers, parents hurrying after their energetic youngsters, to seasoned residents leading their friends.
This trail begins a new vista for each of us--visitors, volunteers, policymakers or donors to our national public lands. Take time to bring someone to experience this place. Reflect for a moment to see and appreciate the hard work of this newly handcrafted path; and then follow through to support and strengthen the care and conservation of our National Public Lands throughout the year.
Read more about Pilot Trail at Mail Tribune.