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Welcome to the Rogue Group GET OUTDOORS! Information


Overnight backpackers in camp
photo by A. Collinet

Sierra Club Outings were founded by John Muir in 1901. He believed that the best way to convince people to save valuable wild areas was to let them experience the awesome beauty of nature that needs defending.

The Rogue Group of the Sierra Club includes all of southwestern Oregon, from the Coast, across the Siskiyou and Cascade mountains to Lake County. The Group is headquartered in Ashland, OR.

The Rogue Group Sierra Club is pleased to be a contributor to the Rogue River Walk in Gold Beach.

This is a delightful 6 mile trail running along the south bank of the mighty Rogue River, all the way to Lobster Creek Bridge. Thanks to our Outings Leader, Al Collinet, and many other helping hands, this trail is no longer just a dream - it is a reality! Download a PDF copy of the Rogue River Walk Brochure and Map now.

Backpacking Trip

Plant ID along a backpack trail
photo by A. Collinet


The Pacific Crest Trail near Mt. Ashland
photo by K. Biechler

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At this time (May 30, 2014), there are no Rogue Group sponsored outings. However, other local groups have planned interesting hikes that might interest you.

Southern Oregon Outings Opportunities

Outings sponsored by and links to other organizations in our area:

Cascade-Siyskiyou National Monument Area Outings for June 2014

The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council (SMWC) offers outings throughout the year in the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument Area. Click to download an outings schedule or scroll down here

This information has been supplied to the Rogue Group by the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council (SMWC). SMWC is solely responsible for the content. These outings are posted here as a service to our members but are NOT Sierra Club sponsored outings.



Hike Name


Contact by E-mail




June 1


Jenny Creek Falls

Michael Parker


4 / 5

8:30 a.m.

June 7


Round Mountain Meadows &
Little Hyatt Groves

John Vilella

Lori Cooper


2.5 / 5

8:30 a.m.

June 15


Scotch Creek Horseshoe Wildlife Area Oak Savannah

Pepper Trail

Use E-mail

1.5 / 5

8:00 a.m.

June 21


Little Hyatt Old Growth &
Sampson Rim

Jay Lininger


3 / 5

9:00 a.m.

June 28


Grizzly Peak

Evan Frost &
Dennis Odion

Use E-mail

2 / 5

8:30 a.m.

*This difficulty level was estimated by Rodger White, Rogue Group Sierra Club, based on his experience 10 - 15 years ago when he was younger and fitter.

Even if or when strenuous, these outings are not intended to be “power hikes” that merely churn out the miles. Each trip includes at least one professional and experienced naturalist to help give you a sense along the way of why the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’s presidential proclamation calls the area an “ecological wonder” and “biological crossroads” – and why the Monument needs to be expanded…

JUNE 1, SUNDAY: Join Southern Oregon University aquatic biologist Michael Parker (; 541/552-6749) on a short-in-distance but very challenging round-trip hike along the flat Jenny Creek Canyon rim in Oregon (elev. ~3,300’) and then very steeply down to the impressive, but little-known, Jenny Creek Falls (elev. ~2,700’) in California (and then back up again). The route down to the falls and back is more like a non-technical mountain climb scramble than a hike. Why isn’t this in the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument? Quite difficult. Meet at 8:30 a.m.

JUNE 7, SATURDAY: Join Siskiyou botanist John Villella and SMWC board member Lori Cooper (; 541/899-1117) to explore meadows and forests from Round Mountain via the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves to Green Springs Mountain in the Green Springs Mountain Wild Area north of the Green Springs Summit. Views from Sampson Rim down to Emigrant Lake and Ashland. Off-trail hiking and Pacific Crest Trail about six miles in this potential Monument expansion area. Moderate/Difficult. Meet at 8:30 a.m.

June 15, SUNDAY: Join infamous U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service forensic ornithologist and Rogue Valley Audubon Society Conservation Committee Co-chair Pepper Trail ( and SMWC board member Carol Wright on a mellow walk into the Scotch Creek oak/savannah parkland of California’s Horseshoe Wildlife Area, long proposed for addition to both the Cascade-Siskiyou Monument and Soda Mountain Wilderness. Be prepared for very shallow creek crossings. And be sure to bring your binoculars for birding with Pepper. Easy/Moderate. Meet at 8:00 a.m.

JUNE 21, SATURDAY: Join Jay Lininger, senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity (; 928/853-9929), on a summer solstice exploration of the Little Hyatt Old-Growth Groves and Sampson Rim with a look at BLM’s attempts to road and commercially log these potential Monument expansion area forests. About three miles of off-trail hiking. Moderate-plus. Meet at 9:00 a.m.

JUNE 28, SATURDAY: Join National Park Service terrestrial ecologist Dennis Odion and consulting ecologist Evan Frost ( – email contact preferred; 541/840-9815) – both SMWC board members – for a hike around the top of Grizzly Peak. Scientists recommend the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument’s boundary be expanded to include this area above Ashland. Wildflowers and fire ecology will be of special interest on this ~5 mile hike, mostly on trail. Moderate. Meet at 8:30 a.m.

Upper Jenny Creek Falls
Upper Jenny Creek Falls
photo by D. Odion


Klamath Siskiyou Wildlands Center

KS Wild is an advocate for the forests and wildlife of the Klamath and Rogue watersheds of northwest California and southwest Oregon. They offer many outings and activities in our area. Please remember, these are NOT Sierra Club sponsored outings.. KS Wild is entirely responsible and their policies apply. Click to see the KS Wild outings schedule.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21: Adopt-a-Botanical Area Volunteer Training (Pioneer Hall in Lithia Park, from Jun 21, 2014 10:30 AM to 03:00 PM)

SAT & SUN, JUNE 28-29: Adopt-a-Botanical Area Volunteer Training (Arcata, CA, from Jun 28, 2014 09:00 AM to Jun 29, 2014 05:00 PM)

SUNDAY, JUNE 29: Grizzly Peak Wildflower Hike with Wendell Wood (Carpool meets at the Ashland Outdoor Store, from Jun 29, 2014 09:00 AM to 05:00 PM)


Siskiyou Field Institute

SFI invites you to join them in exploring the unique natural history of Southwestern Oregon and Northern California's rugged Klamath-Siskiyou Mountains. Dedicated naturalists lead you in discovering the unique geology, flora and fauna of this region. There's something for everyone: wildflower illustration, bird watching, rafting trips, youth camps, technical courses and more.