Craig's Creek Trail delivers on its promise

Craig's Creek Trail delivers on its promise

The main attraction of the Smith River National Recreation Area in Northern California is, no surprise, the river itself. Its deep fishing holes, pretty beaches, and challenging rapids bring thousands of people each year to the remarkably green waters of this wild, undammed treasure.
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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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The emerald necklace

The emerald necklace

Cyclists and joggers know the Bear Creek Greenway as one of Southern Oregon's best places to get some outdoor exercise without traveling too far from home. But you don't have to be a diehard runner or a heart-pounding cyclist to enjoy an outing on the Greenway. There are plenty of things to see and do for those who opt for a slower pace.
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Tales of the Table Rocks

Tales of the Table Rocks

The Table Rocks aren't just one of the most iconic places on the Rogue Valley skyline, they are a happening place, no matter the time of year.
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Packing in

Packing in

Scott Keith has been backpacking the woods of Southern Oregon and Northern California for 30 years and he still sounds like a kid in a candy store.
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April 20, 2014

Oregon Caves

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

September 20, 2013

Up from the ashes

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