Treasures of the Lost Coast

Treasures of the Lost Coast

When engineers were building a highway along California's coast, the outlook for extending the road along a section in far Northern California was simply too daunting. The challenges included the King Range mountains, which rise steeply along the coast, and the area's proximity to the San Andreas Fault.

Instead, the highway was relocated inland. The section it skirts has become known as the Lost Coast, a region that is still undeveloped and mostly pristine.

Even now, accessing...

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Marvels all along the North Umpqua Trail

Marvels all along the North Umpqua Trail

Hike the entire length of the North Umpqua Trail, lovingly called “the NUT” by some, and you could have traveled on foot across the widest part of Vermont.

Sure, Vermont is only the 45th-largest of the 50 states, but the comparison conveys the impressive scale of the trail to recreational riches along Southern Oregon’s North Umpqua River, one of this state’s most pristine waterways.

Covering 79 miles and rising about 5,000 feet from west to east, the...

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Ashland provides PCT hikers with a much-needed respite

Ashland provides PCT hikers with a much-needed respite

Hikers on the Pacific Crest Trail and Ashland residents seem to have created a bond in a year in which the trail has gained in popularity following the release of the movie "Wild."

By late August, northbound through-hikers have completed the 1,670-mile slog through California, but know they must resupply, grab packages they’ve mailed to the post office, strap on big packs and be on the trail again soon if they hope to make Canada before the.....

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Test-drive family camping at Collier State Park

New or rusty campers who want to test-drive a night in a tent with their family can do so at Collier State Park in Klamath County under a state program looking to help families discover the joys of camping.

They likely will have to cook their s'mores over crackling briquettes thanks to a ban on campfires and other flames in state parks due to fire season, but other than that, all systems will be go.

The Oregon State Parks Department's expanding "Lets Go Camping" program will set.....

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Peak experience on Preston Peak

Peak experience on Preston Peak

Preston Peak is not the highest mountain in the Siskiyous, but it is certainly the most iconic. Standing tall amidst a range of wilderness peaks and looking down on Raspberry Lake, Rattlesnake Meadows and the expansive old-growth forests of the aptly named Clear Creek Watershed, Preston is special. It offers both the macro of stunningly rugged mountain cliffs that overwhelm the landscape and the micro of botanical treasures that reward those with a careful eye.

My only previous climb...

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