View from the Butte

View from the Butte

Bear Basin Butte Lookout sits high atop a narrow mountain ridge. As my wife and I walk the steep path up to it, lizards scurry through the manzanita bushes. Swallows dip and glide overhead.
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Oregon's Top 5 wilderness areas

Oregon's Top 5 wilderness areas

Oregon has 47 wilderness areas. On the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act of 1964, outdoors writer Zach Urness shares his 5 favorites.
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Trails less traveled

Trails less traveled

The latest hiking book focused on Southern Oregon is called "Hiking Oregon & California's Wild Rivers Country," and it stands out from several other recent offerings in two important ways.

First, Illinois Valley author Justin Rohde has chosen the wild Illinois, Chetco and Smith rivers as his territory, a region that features many trails less traveled, several on U.S. Forest Service or BLM land that you won't find on official maps or in other guides.

Second, Rohde has made use....

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Backpacking is glorious in the

Backpacking is glorious in the "Oregon Alps"

EAGLE CAP WILDERNESS — As we stood on the top of Oregon’s largest wilderness area, looking down upon mountains that spread across the horizon like rows of jagged teeth, we decided the only way to celebrate was swimming in a lake partly covered by snow and ice.

From the moment we’d entered the backcountry of the Wallowa Mountains it had been hot, and during the 3,400-foot climb to our campsite at Ice Lake — and the even steeper trek to the 9,826-foot summit...

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A solo summit of South Sister

A solo summit of South Sister

South Sister towered over me at 10,358 feet tall, and I couldn't stop staring at its reddish slope covered in patchy glaciers.
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Pilot Rock trail gets overhaul

Pilot Rock trail gets overhaul

ASHLAND — Alex Relph eyes a pile of basalt chunks that have sloughed off Pilot Rock over the centuries, creating a cache she'll use in the first planned route to this iconic feature of the Siskiyou Mountains.
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Tearing up the Trail

Tearing up the Trail

The 5,000-foot elevation drop from Northern California's Marble Mountains to Seiad Valley is a stretch of the Pacific Crest Trail where nature gave Joe McConaughy all it had.
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Southern exposure

Southern exposure

The best part of writing a book about Southern Oregon is the chance to feature those wonderful places few people have heard of, let alone visited.
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Boomers on the Trail

Boomers on the Trail

For more than 20 years, my wife, Barbara, and I had dreamed of hiking the trail along the Wild and Scenic Section of the Rogue River. In May, we made that dream a reality.
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Five years later, a trail re-emerges

A hiking route through the Kalmiopsis Wilderness is open for the first time in a dozen years, thanks to the efforts of volunteers from the Siskiyou Mountain Club who worked for almost five years to clear the Trans-Kalmiopsis Trail.
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A trip to the summit on a gorgeous day

A trip to the summit on a gorgeous day

It was the first day of summer, and we were being treated to an explosion of colors on top of Marys Peak near Corvallis. Brilliant purple and red wildflowers carpeted the meadows and clung to scant pockets of soil in an area known as the rock garden.
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Blossom by boot

Blossom by boot

Blossom Bar is a Class IV rapid on the Wild and Scenic stretch of the lower Rogue River that has taken the lives of numerous boaters over the years.
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'Meet me on the trail'

'Meet me on the trail'

The biggest barrier to getting out on the trails can be finding hiking partners. For many, balancing solitary trail time with a more social outing is the ticket.
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Redwoods hike: It's a 13-mile journey you won't forget

Redwoods hike: It's a 13-mile journey you won't forget

ORICK, Calif. — When the world's tallest trees are just one highlight of a hike — and maybe not even the main highlight — there's a good chance you've found a pretty spectacular place.
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Silver Falls State Park: A spring wonderland

Silver Falls State Park: A spring wonderland

Silver Falls State Park is one of Oregon's most popular parks, and this time of year it's easy to see why.
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Monument inclusion areas to be explored

The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council is sponsoring a series of free weekend hikes in June to explore areas near the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument that have been proposed for inclusion in monument east of Ashland.
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It's the small things

It's the small things

As we hiked down the Illinois River Trail, tight-roping the edge of a burnt-orange canyon carved by the river 2,000 feet below, it felt as though we were searching for a needle in a haystack.
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Wilderness guide

Wilderness guide

If you want real experiences of wilderness, you don't have to travel far. Southwest Oregon contains eight federally designated wilderness areas, with several others nearby in Oregon and Northern California.
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Wild are the Flowers

Wild are the Flowers

Southern Oregon is blessed with a wildflower season that lasts almost half the year — if you know where to go.
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Thundering waters

Thundering waters

A series of "thundering" waterfalls along the North Umpqua River exerts a powerful pull on enthusiasts visiting and residing in Southern Oregon.
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April 20, 2014

The emerald necklace

February 02, 2014

Lost in the City

January 26, 2014

Castles in the sky

January 17, 2014

Tree lovers' heaven

January 03, 2014

Snowshoes on the Mountain

November 10, 2013

A dream fulfilled

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