Botanist Doug Kendig leads our hike to explore the natural beauty and scenic views at Boccard Point and the surrounding landscape. Along the way we will discuss the natural history of the forest, the shrub and meadow plant communities of the Cascade Siskiyou National Monument and the fauna dependent upon this plant diversity. The mid-summer wildflowers will be blooming. The hike will focus on the composition of species within the various plant communities and abiotic factors and disturbances that shaped the communities over the ages. Learn about recent restoration activities intended to minimize human impacts within the Soda Mountain Wilderness. We will take breaks to discuss the ecology and enjoy the view.
Hike duration: Approximately 3-4 miles; 3 to 4 hours. Level: Moderate. Gentle elevation increase of approximately 500 feet; travel through dense forests and open areas.
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Directions: From Ashland, OR drive about 8 miles east of town on Highway 66, past Emigrant Lake and veer right on Buckhorn Springs Road. After about 1.5 miles veer left on Tyler Creek Road for 2.5 miles. Then turn right onto Baldy Creek Road and head south. Follow Baldy Creek Road to the summit, and where the PCT trail intersects.
To Carpool: Meet at 8:00am, in the Shop n’ Kart Parking lot--front. OR meet at 9:00am at the trailhead at Boccard Point.