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Updated Jul 22, 2016 at 2:53 PM

Jacksonville barber Ed McBee takes special pleasure in sitting along the Pacific Crest Trail and surprising weary hikers with hot dogs, melon, chips, nuts, jerky, pop and beer as they enter the much-longed-for state of Oregon, a huge milestone on the trek for people hiking from Mexico to Canada. “It’s kind of like fishing. You throw your line into the stream and wait for them to come by,” says McBee, author of a book called “Oregon Backroads Guide to the...

Posted Jul 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM

I’d be lying if I said that I dream of making an epic backpacking trip on the Pacific Crest Trail. Yes, I know that marching from dawn until dusk with a load on one’s back has become the in thing to do, ever since Cheryl...

Updated Jul 15, 2016 at 9:42 AM

ASHLAND — Roxan Alforgue scratches intently into the forested hillside, sloughing the duff away to make room for a future footpath, and all the while missing the big picture. That would be the incredible panoramic views on the...

Posted Jul 7, 2016 at 11:01 PM

A hike to Grizzly Peak in the eastern Siskiyous is a welcome escape from the heat of summer. Along the way you will experience the wonder of old-growth conifers, a smorgasbord of wildflowers and spectacular views of the Rogue Valley, -Table...

Posted Jun 23, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The Wild Rogue Loop is seriously challenging, but well worth the effort. The 25-mile route resurrected from trails that bisect and connect previously sparsely traveled wild lands above the Rogue River and ties in with a section of the...

Posted Jun 16, 2016 at 11:01 PM

While most of the mountain trips I have written about for Oregon Outdoors have involved backpacking trips into remote and pristine wilderness areas, occasionally there is something to be said for the comparative luxury of car camping. When...

Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 9:26 AM

What a great excuse for a snowball fight. Temperatures have been topping 100 degrees in the Rogue Valley, so having enough snow for firing snowballs back and forth was an unexpectedly cool thing to do during a hike up Wagner Butte last...

Posted Jun 4, 2016 at 11:01 PM

It was early afternoon, and we were hungry. Deservedly so because we'd worked up an appetite. Depending on which guidebooks, signs or GPS devices you believe, it's 3 or 4 miles from the trailhead to the top of Kerby Peak, a 5,555-foot mountain in...

Posted May 28, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The name fits. Seldom Creek Falls is the perfect name because there is seldom enough water flowing down the creek to create a falls, and because the out-of-the-way falls are seldom visited. Seldom Creek Falls isn't listed on the...

Posted May 19, 2016 at 11:01 PM

The forested headwaters of the Applegate River was a very different place not so long ago. Prior to the logging boom in the 1970s and the damming of the river in 1980, the upper Applegate was a much wilder watershed composed of old-growth...

Updated May 13, 2016 at 9:12 AM

APPLEGATE — Luke Ruediger hikes up a trail off the end of Forest Creek Road to a majestic field of spring wildflowers, and off in the distance is rugged Wellington Butte and the site of one Ruediger's new wild hairs. In two...

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