Think green. These mountains receive more than 50 inches of rain a year, which is why their slopes are thickly forested with
conifers—perfect habitat for rare species like the Northern Spotted Owl.
A Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was established on the Oregon side of the border in 2000; now some environmentalist want to extend it south into California.
The most accessible portion of the existing monument is the Hyatt Lake recreation complex in Oregon.