View from above

View from above

Few vantages of Crater Lake are more spectacular than from Garfield Peak, where the view from the top looks down nearly 2,000 feet to the lake's azure waters.

While several spots along Crater Lake National Park's Rim Drive offer tantalizing views of America's deepest lake, the views along the Garfield Peak Trail and from its 8,054-foot summit are among the most dazzling.
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After six years, wilderness trail is open

After six years, wilderness trail is open

A 42-mile backpacking route through the rugged Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area is hikeable for the first time in 13 years with the completion of a six-year quest to reclaim the trail.

A crew of seven college interns and two crew leaders from the Ashland-based Siskiyou Mountain Club last week finished clearing overgrown brush and downed trees on the trail through the 180,000-acre wilderness area straddling the Josephine and Curry county line.

It's the first time the route has been...

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From walking sticks to shovels

From walking sticks to shovels

JACKSONVILLE — Dave Calahan spooks a blacktail deer, then flushes a forest grouse and sidesteps a fresh pile of bear scat as he bushwhacks up a forest hillside to an open patch where the majesty of the Bishop Creek drainage lies before him.

Calahan looks down toward a parasailer who recently launched from nearby Woodrat Mountain, then peers farther down the drainage toward the town of Ruch in the valley below.

"You can look all the way down the valley and see the top of...

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Day Trippin': Stretch your legs at Alder Creek Community Forest

Day Trippin': Stretch your legs at Alder Creek Community Forest

Editor's Note: Day Trippin' is a recurring feature that gives readers a chance to play tour guide and tell us about a nearby getaway.

If you find yourself traveling up Interstate 5 this summer and need a spot to stop and stretch your legs, you might consider Alder Creek Community Forest. It has lots of overhead tree cover that will help keep you cool on these warm summer days as you wander around several looping trails.

To get there, take exit 98, and just five...

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Guided hikes offered in Mountain Lakes, Sky Lakes

Fremont-Winema National Forest employees will lead a number of interpretive hikes into the Mountain Lakes and Sky Lakes wilderness areas this summer. The hikes are free and all ages are welcome to attend. Participants need to wear sturdy shoes or boots and bring a hat, sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, binoculars, plenty of water and a snack or lunch. Dressing in layers works best because of the temperature variances that tour participants may experience throughout the day. Also, bring bug...

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