Siskiyou Mountain Club

Cat's Ear

Cat’s Ear, Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area

In 2006, led by two inspired volunteers, a small group was organized to begin clearing trails in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area that had become impassable due to damage from the 2002 Biscuit Fire. In 2009 the group formally became the Siskiyou Mountain Club with the mission to save the network of trails that were rapidly disappearing under downfalls and heavy brush. In 2010 the group was operating under a First Service Volunteer Agreement and became incorporated. In 2011 the group received non-profit status and in the ensuing years has expanded its work to projects in four Federal Wilderness Areas: The Wild Rogue Corridor, Soda Mountain Wilderness, Red Buttes Wilderness, and Kalmiopsis Wilderness. The organization supervises and supports thousands of volunteer hours annually as well as employing seasonal youth crews.

Siskiyou Mountain Club

Siskiyou Mountain Club in action

The mission of the organization is to restore, maintain and promote primitive trails in the Siskiyou backcountry, and to provide service-based outdoor experiences for the public. The organization coordinates stewardship projects with youth, volunteers and staff, publishes outdoor literature, and leads active outdoor adventures. To achieve this mission, the organization has established the following vision:

Engage and collaborate: Provide the public with a range of quality outdoor experiences. Emphasize providing youth from southwest Oregon with service opportunities, volunteer and paid, in a challenging and positive environment. Work with partners to maximize efficacy.

Save unique outdoor resources and carry on traditional skills: Practice traditional forest skills to save trail and other recreation resources throughout southwest Oregon’s Siskiyou mountain range. Produce measurable results with strategic outcomes. Prioritize trails and other resources that wouldn’t be otherwise maintained or restored, removed from maps, and lost on the ground.

Build for the next generation: Develop more support from the community, individual donors and increase member-base. Coordinate events that foster personal relationships with community members. Work with partners to sustain and increase grant funding.

The Four Way Community Foundation was proud to support the work of the Siskiyou Mountain Club by awarding a 2013 grant for the purchase of a multitude of tools to carry out their trail restoration work. For more information, go to siskiyoumountainclub.org.

Siskiyou Mountain Club