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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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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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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Schedule of guided hikes at the Table Rocks

Free guided hikes on the Table Rocks are cosponsored by The Nature Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management. Reservations are required, and hikes are limited to 20 people unless otherwise noted.
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Coquille Falls is a truly wild and remote place

Coquille Falls is a truly wild and remote place

When it comes to hiking destinations, the best ones are sometimes the most remote.
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Heart Trail offers wilderness characteristics

Heart Trail offers wilderness characteristics

David Calahan is hiking on a forested ridge above the Applegate Valley when he suddenly charges off the trail through dense buckbrush to a secret vista.
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A short drive away, Squaw Lakes is a hidden winter jewel

A short drive away, Squaw Lakes is a hidden winter jewel

One of the open secrets of the Applegate Valley is Squaw Lakes. They are remote, but still close enough that in summer, locals throng their waters to camp, swim and hike. In winter, however, the crowds are gone and they become a secret again.
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This trail will light up your imagination

This trail will light up your imagination

Two historical markers, four miles apart on the Oregon Coast Trail, fire the imagination with thoughts of adventure. And, by the way, this hike also features postcard-perfect scenery and close encounters with wildlife.
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Tree lovers' heaven

Tree lovers' heaven

If an inspiring hike among very big trees is what you're after, plus a date with the ocean, then the Damnation Creek Trail in Redwood National Park delivers.
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Pilot Rock hike offers a geology lesson

Pilot Rock hike offers a geology lesson

Pilot Rock is one the Rogue Valley's most recognizable landmarks and one of the easiest to reach. The trail to this iconic basalt outcropping is less than a mile-and-a-half long and offers a diversity of stunning views and a lesson on regional geology.
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Muir Creek Trail is an easy delight

Muir Creek Trail is an easy delight

It was once said of naturalist and hiker extraordinaire John Muir that he "could take a crust of bread and a pinch of tea and go like a cat over cliff and crag, a day's trip no mere athlete could follow."
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