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Updated May 22, 2015 at 4:37 PM

The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council this weekend will launch its annual series of spring hikes around the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, highlighting some of the unique features of these wildlands east of Ashland.Six hikes planned over five weekends will take visitors into areas on the fringes of the national monument, including areas the wilderness council believes should be included in the monument, says the council's Dave Willis."We're trying to advocate protection for...

Updated May 22, 2015 at 4:37 PM

The Soda Mountain Wilderness Council this weekend will launch its annual series of spring hikes around the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, highlighting some of the unique features of these wildlands east of Ashland.Six hikes planned...

Posted May 14, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Spoiler alert: Southern Oregon has some of the best hikes around.The problem is narrowing it down, because there are so many amazing places to explore. Do you want mountaintops or waterfalls? River trails or big trees? Rock formations or...

Posted May 15, 2015 at 2:00 AM

Lithia Park is one of Jackson County's most popular destinations, and if you've ever wondered about its rich history, just show up for the free guided walking tours offered throughout the summer.Arrive at 10 a.m. each Sunday, Wednesday or...

Posted Apr 30, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Spring is my favorite time in the mountains. The peaks are (hopefully) snowcapped, the nights are cold, the creeks are full and nature is just starting to shake off the winter doldrums.Recently my trusty dog, Zola, and I pitched camp at an...

Posted Apr 23, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Well maintained trails are still a novelty to me.On the South Coast where I grew up, a seemingly endless wall of blackberry bushes made exploring much of the southern Coast Range a decidedly prickly proposition. Since moving to the Rogue...

Posted Apr 18, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Fungi were sprouting from the side of a massive redwood tree like tiny white umbrellas. My wife and I stopped to inspect, marveling at how delicate yet sturdy the stems and caps appeared.Just a half-mile away, in busy Simpson-Reed Grove...

Updated Apr 10, 2015 at 8:55 AM

In 2005 I was caretaker at the Rogue River Ranch, a historic public property nestled on the Wild Rogue River. I quickly turned my back on the busy river corridor and started looking up into the 35,000-acre wilderness surrounding it for a little...

Posted Apr 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

A hike through the proposed 352-acre MacArthur Rogue River Preserve near Dodge Bridge Sunday, April 12, will kick off this year's series of free led hikes offered by the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy.Forest ecologist Tom Atzet will lead...

Posted Apr 2, 2015 at 11:01 PM

Near the end a recent hike in Tolowa Dunes State Park outside Crescent City, two ladies stopped us and asked if we had seen “anything interesting.”My wife mentioned the flock of great egrets wading in the shallows of Lake...

Updated Mar 27, 2015 at 5:42 PM

The iconic backcountry wilderness hike to Marble Valley is a bucket-list destination that attracts nature lovers from far and wide. I’ve arrived during summer months to find dozens of rigs at the trailhead parking lot and stiff competition...

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