Day Trippin': Waterfalls and riverside hikes make Umpqua trip worthwhile

Day Trippin': Waterfalls and riverside hikes make Umpqua trip worthwhile

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.

A trip to the Umpqua Scenic Byway makes for 277 miles and 6 hours of driving, but you will find it worth the time and gas. Heading up Interstate 5, turn onto Highway 138 at Roseburg, and then onto the Byway to Glide 20 minutes ahead.

Colliding Rivers, a unique geologic phenomenon where the North Umpqua and Little River come...

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Mountain of the Rogue is Southern Oregon's hottest new trail

Mountain of the Rogue is Southern Oregon's hottest new trail

Sometimes, it pays off to be a morning person. Not sautéing yourself in the midday sun while trying to drag yourself, your bike and two liters of water up a barren hill is one perk.

That's what might happen if, like me, you are not a morning person. I braved the noon heat this week, too eager to check out the new Mountain of the Rogue trail in Rogue River.

The rough-hewn trail has been visible from I-5 for a while now, in the form of a couple of deep horizontal cuts in the...

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Five women embrace nature in outdoors challenge above Ashland

Five women embrace nature in outdoors challenge above Ashland

Imagine spending a year in the woods, living in a shelter you and a few others built, warming yourself with fire you make yourself without matches, using only basic tools such as an ax or knife.

Five women from all over the country, all younger than 25, don't have to imagine it. They're doing it. They're three-fourths of the way through this challenging adventure, called Caretaker, in the Cascade range, east of Ashland — part of a class put on by Coyote Trails School of...

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State parks are embracing disc golf

State parks are embracing disc golf

Disc golf hasn't been a good fit for Medford, but it seems tailor-made for Oregon’s state parks.

The Forks Disc Golf Course, located in Illinois River Forks State Park near Cave Junction, opened March 1, becoming the 10th disc course in the state park system — and the first south of Eugene.
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In a class of its own

In a class of its own

ASHLAND — It took six years and a dozen routes, but Oregon's fledgling state scenic bike route system is coming to Southern Oregon — and it's doing so in its most extreme fashion.

The 55-mile Cascade-Siskiyou Scenic Bikeway is one pedal away from becoming the first in the region, and it will be touted as a new attraction for serious road cyclists.

"In my mind, it's the most extreme one," says Alex Phillips, bicycle recreation specialist for the Oregon Parks and...

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Bottomfishing out of Brookings is holding up well as ocean anglers wait for chinook to show

Bottomfishing out of Brookings is holding up well as ocean anglers wait for chinook to show

BROOKINGS — Frank and Jack Vendetti's Tuesday on the ocean outside of Brookings ended before a dose of Dramamine could kick in.

The fishing brothers each boated their limit of seven bottomfish in barely 30 minutes of jigging along a reef just north of this popular Southern Oregon port, and they motored back in just as the morning sun shot over the Coast Range.

"We've been doing this five years and this is, by far, the fastest it's ever happened," says Jack Vendetti of...

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Stewart State Park to host camping event

Joseph Stewart State Park, located along the shores of Lost Creek Lake, will host an overnight guided camping excursion June 19-21 to help Oregonians try camping without first having to invest in the equipment and learn the ins and outs of sleeping under the stars.

Sponsored by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the "Let's Go Camping" program is being held at 19 state campgrounds throughout the summer, with Stewart State Park tapped for the Father's Day weekend.

For $30 per.....

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Summer steelhead join winter steelies and spring chinook at hatchery

TRAIL — Five bright summer steelhead ran the gauntlet of Rogue River spring chinook salmon anglers and reached Cole Rivers Hatchery's collection pond last week, much to no one's surprise.

Summer steelhead finning the entire 157 miles of free-flowing Rogue to reach the hatchery near Trail has been a standard practice of recent years, beginning the start of the upper Rogue's summer steelhead season early.

By the last week in May of 2014, 28 summer steelhead had joined...

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Free Fishing Weekend hits 20th anniversary

This weekend marks the 20th anniversary of Oregon's Free Fishing Weekend, when people can test-drive angling — either on their own or at a variety of events — without buying a fishing license.

Participants can fish, crab or clam without a license Saturday and Sunday as long as they adhere to all other angling rules and limitations.

Also, the U.S. Forest Service and Oregon State Parks Department will offer free camping Saturday, while the Bureau of Land Management...

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