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Soda Mountain Wilderness

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Large forested mountain slopes lead down to a dark blue lake with rolling foothills.
Library image #3802: Looking into Soda Valley with Irongate Reservoir resting among the foothills of the mountains.

Introduction

The United States Congress designated the Soda Mountain Wilderness (map) in 2009 and it now has a total of 24,707 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Oregon and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

Description

The Soda Mountain Wilderness in southwestern Oregon is an ecological mosaic where the state's eastern desert meets towering fir forests. The biodiversity of the area includes fir forests, sunlit oak groves, meadows filled with wildflowers, and steep canyons. The area is home to a spectacular variety of rare species of plants and animals including Roosevelt elk, cougars, black bears, golden and bald eagles, goshawks and falcons. Prior to designation as wilderness, the Clinton administration designated 53,000 acres of federal land in the area as the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in June 2000 to protect this extraordinary biological reserve.

Map: Soda Mountain Wilderness

Planning to Visit the Soda Mountain Wilderness?

Leave No Trace

How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the Soda Mountain Wilderness.
  1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
  2. Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  3. Dispose of Waste Properly
  4. Leave What You Find
  5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
  6. Respect Wildlife
  7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
For more information on Leave No Trace, Visit the Leave No Trace, Inc. website.



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