Hiking and hurdling into the Blue Canyon Basin

Hiking and hurdling into the Blue Canyon Basin

A recent outing into the Sky Lakes Wilderness Area included a tidbit of Oregon history, a trio of tempting mountain lakes and, fittingly during an Olympic summer, chances to work on overcoming low and high hurdles.

What is normally a 10-mile round-trip hike required added extra distance because of numerous detours, sometimes hurdling or climbing up and over trail-blocking fallen trees or rambling through the woods around mounds of trees, limbs and debris.

Our destination was Blue....

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Salmon derby will help amputee

The Grants Pass-based Middle Rogue Steelheaders will hold its 21st annual fishing derby Aug. 27 on the Rogue River with a nod toward helping disabled military veterans get an opportunity to fish for fall chinook salmon. 

This year's derby will feature amputee guide Todd Logan donating his time to take fellow amputee Charles Eden fishing.

Logan has use of a specially crafted Willie Boat driftboat that allows for wheelchair access through the transom. The boat is also built so....

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Paddling on a stream of consciousness

Paddling on a stream of consciousness

Surreal colors. Bucolic scenery. And gentle waters that almost lullaby a paddler to sleep.

When it's time to kick back, relax and savor the scenery, the Wood River is the place.

Meandering 18 miles from the spring where it emerges at Joseph Kimball State Park near Klamath County's Fort Klamath to where it merges into Agency Lake, the Wood never roars or intimidates. It’s a lazy river, one filled with oxbow curves that flow beside riverbanks lined with copious displays of...

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Old Man of the Lake still evokes curiosity

Old Man of the Lake still evokes curiosity

"A spectacle curious enough to excite the imagination."

— Joseph Diller, 1902, writing about the Old Man of Crater Lake.

 

CRATER LAKE — The Old Man of the Lake has stumped and excited people who've seen it for years, decades, more than a century.

Make that 120 years.

The Old Man is the name of a log that's been seen randomly floating around Crater Lake since 1896. Despite its longevity, there's a lot that's not known about the Old Man, and...

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Rogue Bay, other estuaries open to fishing with two rods

Salmon anglers fishing the Rogue River bay and other Oregon coastal estuaries will be allowed to fish with two rods instead of the traditional one this summer and fall.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has extended where its $21.50 two-rod validation will be accepted now through Oct. 31 under this experiment.

Oregon's two-rod validation has historically been good only for lakes and ponds, but the agency extended it earlier this year to portions of North Coast estuaries.

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Mt. Ashland drops plans for summer activities

Plans to add disc golf, ziplines, a climbing wall, bungee trampoline jumping and other summer activities have been set aside at the Mt. Ashland Ski Area.

The nonprofit operation proposed the features last year but decided the expense of a Forest Service-required environmental analysis was too much to take on.

Meanwhile, ski area General Manager Hiram Towle has taken other steps to encourage visitors to the mountain during the off-season.

One of his first moves last summer...

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State scrubs south coast wild coho seasons

State fishery officials have backed off plans to seek wild coho salmon-fishing seasons in southwestern Oregon estuaries this year, saying worries of low returns mean they want to see as many escape to spawn as possible.

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife was prepared to ask the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission today for the short seasons planned for the Coos, Coquille and Umpqua rivers, as well as Tenmile Lakes, for wild coho, which are listed as threatened under the federal....

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Salt Creek and Diamond Creek Falls are gems

Salt Creek and Diamond Creek Falls are gems

Salt Creek Falls, Oregon's second-highest waterfall, is just a short detour from Highway 58 in the Cascade Mountains near Oakridge.

With its easy access — it's just 50 yards from the parking lot to a concrete viewing platform with a dizzying view of the 286-foot falls — it's a sight to see. There’s also a trail that nicely winds about a quarter-mile downhill, almost to the base of the falls. Be cautious, a rock slide has made the final descent treacherous.

By....

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Mt. Ashland hopes to build on good year

Mt. Ashland hopes to build on good year

ASHLAND — Two very different ski seasons taught Mt. Ashland Ski Area General Manager Hiram Towle two lessons after he took over in September 2014 following a winter in which the area didn’t open at all.

Mt. Ashland opened for only 38 days in 2014-15, but despite that Towle found there was a crew ready to follow his vision of how to make things work and a community deeply committed to seeing the resort survive.

Last season, with an opening-day snow pack of 54 inches.....

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Train-to-hunt competitors off to nationals

Ashland native Trever Neistrath will head to Utah next month to defend his national title in the third annual Train to Hunt Challenge, a biathlon of sorts for archery hunters looking to get into shape for the upcoming season.

Neistrath, 34, will be joined by two others from their Ashland-based club at the nationals set for Aug. 13-14 at a shooting range outside Salt Lake City.

Also headed to the national championships is Neistrath's wife, Lindsey, and Steven Dahn of Ashland, both....

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Mud Lake no more

Mud Lake no more

It’s difficult to imagine now, but there was a time when one of Oregon’s most beautiful lakes was officially known as “Mud Lake.”

Given the lake’s crystalline water today — so clear you can see trout swimming below your boat — you have to wonder whether the original namers were blind or drunk when they applied that less-than-flattering handle to this Central Oregon body of water.

Turns out, they were neither.

It was once a...

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Ashland runner breaks record for Mount Shasta ascent

Ashland runner breaks record for Mount Shasta ascent

Summiting Mount Shasta is an impressive feat in and of itself. Some climbers take half a day, and most take much longer to complete the path made famous by John Muir.

On the morning of July 6, Ryan Ghelfi hightailed it from Horse Camp to the Mount Shasta summit in a record time of 1 hour, 37 minutes and 5 seconds, shaving 65 seconds from the previous fastest known time, held by Rickey Gates.

As a kid growing up in Redding, Calif., Ghelfi said, he always longed to climb Mount...

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5 summer getaways

5 summer getaways

Summer is the time to dust off the outdoor gear, load up the vehicle and get the heck away from it all.


To help with your planning, we've put together a list of five getaways — in Northern California, Eastern Oregon, Willamette National Forest, the Oregon Coast, and Central Oregon — that will make your Facebook friends green with envy.


 


1. Lassen Volcanic National Park

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'Fish On John' wins third straight Rainbow $5,000 derby

John Linson and his dragonfly nymphs did it get again, pulling off the triple crown of trout fishing at Diamond Lake.

The 62-year-old Prospect man, known as "Fish On John," used dragonfly nymphs to perfection Saturday when he won his third consecutive Rainbow $5,000 fishing derby run by The Black Bird Shopping Center of Medford, earning himself his third grand-prize check of $1,000.

"Can you believe it?" Linson says. "Three years in a row, all with the same bug in the same spot.

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Summer whale-watching is underappreciated

Summer whale-watching is underappreciated

Spring is a good time to see whales along the Oregon Coast, when an abundance of these magnificent creatures, adults and babies, are cruising up to Alaska, close to shore. But summer is a good time, too.

I can’t recall the number of times I’ve spotted whales while walking the beach, only to be doubted by a passerby. “This time of year? It can’t be.”

Many people believe that once whales have passed by Oregon, traveling to their summer feeding...

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Boat managers recommend no motor ban on Chetco River

State boating managers have recommended against banning motors on a 10-mile stretch of the Chetco River, calling it an "over-reaching measure" to settle conflicts between boat and bank anglers during the river's winter steelhead season.

A staff report recommends that the Oregon State Marine Board reject the motor ban petition on driftboats because there is no justification for a motor ban based on safety, congestion or property-rights concerns.

Some bank anglers petitioned the...

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Mountain bike trail taking shape at Prescott Park

Mountain bike trail taking shape at Prescott Park

Medford's Prescott Park is in the midst of its most significant recreation makeover in eight decades as crews carve out mountain-biking trails that riders say will be a new destination for two-wheeled, backwoods cyclists.

Contractors armed with chainsaws and small excavators are creating 6.8 miles of new trails that will run from the top of Roxy Ann Peak to the current parking area at the end of Roxy Ann Drive.

"We've always done road work and small-trail work, but really this is....

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Rainbow $5,000 derby set for Saturday at Diamond Lake

The past 18 years of helping run Black Bird Shopping Center's Rainbow $5,000 trout-fishing derby have taught Toni Young that derby anglers are late to take the bait.

This year's derby is Saturday at Diamond Lake, and about 400 people had signed up at Black Bird by midday Wednesday for Southern Oregon's richest trout-fishing event.

"But that doesn't really mean much," Young says. "Everybody comes in at the last minute. Always have."

Participants can register at Black Bird,...

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Free fishing event set for Hyatt Lake

Oregonians can fish and catch shellfish for free during Free Fishing Weekend Saturday-Sunday, June 4-5.

The weekend will include a local angling event at Hyatt Lake. The Medford District of the Bureau of Land Management and the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest are teaming up for the free Hyatt Lake event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hyatt Lake Campground near The Greensprings.

Fishing rods and tackle will be provided for kids, and plenty of other activities are planned for...

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BLM reopens comments on monument transportation plan

Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument users will have more chances to speak their mind about federal land managers' plans to close or decommission from six to 165 miles of old logging roads within the monument to help preserve the land's biodiversity but retain public access.

The Bureau of Land Management has reopened public comment on its long-awaited draft transportation plan, which grapples with how to address 412 miles of roads that everyone from hunters and birders to wildland...

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Climb to the craggy crest

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An old-fashioned ski area

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Happy trails in the mountains

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A perch with a view

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Outside-in at The Rock

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2015 Hunting Forecast

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Agate Lake is a birding hotspot

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