The Pacific Crest Trail parallels the Oregon-California border for several miles south of Ashland. Easy access to the PCT is the trailhead from HWY 66 about 30 minutes SE from downtown Ashland.
Soda Mountain Wilderness Area is south of HWY 66. Soda Mountain is a rugged area where the eastern desert meets the Cascade-Siskiyou range. Most runners head north to Hyatt Lake. Heading north, the PCT winds through forest trails near Green Springs Mountain. Then the trail opens up to Hyatt Meadows, where wildflowers bloom in late spring and early summer. Continue on to Hyatt Lake Campground and take a dip, refill your hydration pack and head back to the trailhead. Use the dirt and gravel Old Hyatt Praire Road as an alternate way back. This road parallels the PCT for 4.5 miles back to the trailhead for just over 11 total miles.
PCT North/Old Hyatt Praire Loop
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