I'd wanted to hike Eight Dollar Mountain since I last visited Oregon in the summer four years ago - based almost entirely on its name, although the hill is supposedly a cornucopia of biological diversity - and was looking forward to doing so on this trip. However, southern Oregon is beset by severe wildfires, and Eight Dollar is far too close to them. Luckily, there are lots of other hikes in the area, so I decided to go to Soda Mountain.
The hike starts off with a mile on the Pacific Crest Trail before turning off to head up Soda Mountain, a wilderness area in the national forest. The path connects to a service road, which you follow for a mile to the top.
At the top there is a fire tower and, under normal circumstances, spectacular views. While the views were obscured by the smoke, the trail itself was pretty enough to make it a worthwhile hike.