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  1. All Regions
    1. Adams
    2. Adel
    3. Adrian
    4. Agness
    5. Albany
    6. Allegany
    7. Aloha
    8. Alsea
    9. Amity
    10. Antelope
    11. Arch Cape
    12. Arlington
    13. Arock
    14. Ashland
    15. Ashwood
    16. Astoria
    17. Athena
    18. Aumsville
    19. Aurora
    20. Azalea
    21. Baker City
    22. Bandon
    23. Banks
    24. Bates
    25. Bay City
    26. Beatty
    27. Beaver
    28. Beavercreek
    29. Beaverton
    30. Bend
    31. Blachly
    32. Black Butte Ranch
    33. Blodgett
    34. Blue River
    35. Bly
    36. Boardman
    37. Bonanza
    38. Boring
    39. Bridal Veil
    40. Bridgeport
    41. Brightwood
    42. Broadbent
    43. Brogan
    44. Brookings
    45. Brothers
    46. Brownsville
    47. Burns
    48. Butte Falls
    49. Buxton
    50. Camas Valley
    51. Camp Sherman
    52. Canby
    53. Cannon Beach
    54. Canyon City
    55. Canyonville
    56. Carlton
    57. Cascade Locks
    58. Cascadia
    59. Cave Junction
    60. Central Point
    61. Charleston
    62. Chemult
    63. Cheshire
    64. Chiloquin
    65. Christmas Valley
    66. Clackamas
    67. Clatskanie
    68. Cloverdale
    69. Colton
    70. Condon
    71. Coos Bay
    72. Coquille
    73. Corbett
    74. Cornelius
    75. Corvallis
    76. Cottage Grove
    77. Cove
    78. Crabtree
    79. Crane
    80. Crawfordsville
    81. Crescent
    82. Crescent Lake
    83. Creswell
    84. Crooked River
    85. Culp Creek
    86. Culver
    87. Curtin
    88. Dairy
    89. Dallas
    90. Days Creek
    91. Dayton
    92. Dayville
    93. Deadwood
    94. Deer Island
    95. Depoe Bay
    96. Detroit
    97. Dexter
    98. Diamond
    99. Diamond Lake
    100. Dillard
    101. Donald
    102. Dorena
    103. Drain
    104. Drewsey
    105. Dufur
    106. Dundee
    107. Durkee
    108. Eagle Creek
    109. Eagle Point
    110. Echo
    111. Eddyville
    112. Elgin
    113. Elkton
    114. Elmira
    115. Enterprise
    116. Estacada
    117. Eugene
    118. Fairview
    119. Fall Creek
    120. Falls City
    121. Fields
    122. Florence
    123. Forest Grove
    124. Fort Klamath
    125. Fort Rock
    126. Fossil
    127. Fox
    128. Frenchglen
    129. Gales Creek
    130. Grandview
    131. Gardiner
    132. Garibaldi
    133. Gaston
    134. Gates
    135. Gearhart
    136. Gervais
    137. Gilchrist
    138. Gladstone
    139. Glendale
    140. Gleneden Beach
    141. Glide
    142. Gold Beach
    143. Gold Hill
    144. Government Camp
    145. Grand Ronde
    146. Grants Pass
    147. Grass Valley
    148. Gresham
    149. Haines
    150. Halfway
    151. Halsey
    152. Hammond
    153. Harbor
    154. Harper
    155. Harrisburg
    156. Hauser
    157. Hebo
    158. Helix
    159. Heppner
    160. Hereford
    161. Hermiston
    162. Hillsboro
    163. Hines
    164. Hood River
    165. Hubbard
    166. Huntington
    167. Idanha
    168. Idleyld Park
    169. Imbler
    170. Imnaha
    171. Independence
    172. Ione
    173. Ironside
    174. Irrigon
    175. Jacksonville
    176. Jamieson
    177. Jefferson
    178. John Day
    179. Jordan Valley
    180. Joseph
    181. Junction City
    182. Juntura
    183. Keizer
    184. Keno
    185. Kent
    186. Kerby
    187. Kimberly
    188. Klamath Falls
    189. La Grande
    190. La Pine
    191. Lafayette
    192. Lake Oswego
    193. Lakeside
    194. Lakeview
    195. Langlois
    196. Leaburg
    197. Lebanon
    198. Lexington
    199. Lincoln City
    200. Logsden
    201. Long Creek
    202. Lorane
    203. Lostine
    204. Lowell
    205. Lyons
    206. Madras
    207. Malin
    208. Manning
    209. Manzanita
    210. Mapleton
    211. Marcola
    212. Marion
    213. Marylhurst
    214. Maupin
    215. McKenzie Bridge
    216. McMinnville
    217. Meacham
    218. Medford
    219. Mehama
    220. Merlin
    221. Merrill
    222. Metolius
    223. Midland
    224. Mikkalo
    225. Mill City
    226. Milton Freewater
    227. Milwaukie
    228. Mitchell
    229. Molalla
    230. Monmouth
    231. Monroe
    232. Monument
    233. Moro
    234. Mosier
    235. Mount Angel
    236. Mount Vernon
    237. Mulino
    238. Murphy
    239. Myrtle Creek
    240. Myrtle Point
    241. Nehalem
    242. Neotsu
    243. Neskowin
    244. Netarts
    245. New Pine Creek
    246. Newberg
    247. Newport
    248. North Bend
    249. North Plains
    250. North Powder
    251. Noti
    252. Nyssa
    253. Oakland
    254. Oakridge
    255. O'Brien
    256. Oceanside
    257. Odell
    258. Ontario
    259. Ophir
    260. Oregon City
    261. Otis
    262. Oxbow
    263. Pacific City
    264. Paisley
    265. Parkdale
    266. Paulina
    267. Pendleton
    268. Philomath
    269. Phoenix
    270. Pilot Rock
    271. Pleasant Hill
    272. Plush
    273. Port Orford
    274. Portland
    275. Post
    276. Powell Butte
    277. Powers
    278. Prairie City
    279. Princeton
    280. Prineville
    281. Prospect
    282. Rainier
    283. Redmond
    284. Reedsport
    285. Remote
    286. Rhododendron
    287. Rice Hill
    288. Richland
    289. Rickreall
    290. Riddle
    291. Riley
    292. Ritter
    293. Riverside
    294. Rockaway Beach
    295. Rogue River
    296. Rose Lodge
    297. Roseburg
    298. Rufus
    299. Saginaw
    300. Salem
    301. Sandy
    302. Scappoose
    303. Scio
    304. Scotts Mills
    305. Scottsburg
    306. Seal Rock
    307. Seaside
    308. Selma
    309. Seneca
    310. Shady Cove
    311. Shaniko
    312. Shedd
    313. Sheridan
    314. Sherwood
    315. Siletz
    316. Silver Lake
    317. Silverton
    318. Sisters
    319. Sixes
    320. South Beach
    321. Sprague River
    322. Spray
    323. Springfield
    324. St. Benedict
    325. St. Helens
    326. St. Paul
    327. Stanfield
    328. Stayton
    329. Steamboat
    330. Sublimity
    331. Summer Lake
    332. Summerville
    333. Sumpter
    334. Sunriver
    335. Sutherlin
    336. Sweet Home
    337. Swisshome
    338. Talent
    339. Tangent
    340. Tenmile
    341. Terrebonne
    342. The Dalles
    343. Thurston
    344. Tidewater
    345. Tigard
    346. Tillamook
    347. Tiller
    348. Timber
    349. Timberline Lodge
    350. Toledo
    351. Tolovana Park
    352. Trail
    353. Troutdale
    354. Tualatin
    355. Turner
    356. Tygh Valley
    357. Ukiah
    358. Umatilla
    359. Umpqua
    360. Union
    361. Unity
    362. Vale
    363. Veneta
    364. Vernonia
    365. Vida
    366. Waldport
    367. Wallowa
    368. Walterville
    369. Walton
    370. Warm Springs
    371. Warren
    372. Warrenton
    373. Wasco
    374. Wedderburn
    375. Welches
    376. West Linn
    377. Westfall
    378. Westfir
    379. Westlake/Dunes City
    380. Weston
    381. Wheeler
    382. White City
    383. Wilbur
    384. Wilderville
    385. Willamina
    386. Williams
    387. Wilsonville
    388. Winchester
    389. Winchester Bay
    390. Winston
    391. Wolf Creek
    392. Wood Village
    393. Woodburn
    394. Yachats
    395. Yamhill
    396. Yoncalla
    397. Zigzag
  2. Central Oregon
    1. Antelope
    2. Ashwood
    3. Bend
    4. Black Butte Ranch
    5. Brothers
    6. Camp Sherman
    7. Crooked River
    8. Culver
    9. Grandview
    10. La Pine
    11. Madras
    12. Maupin
    13. Metolius
    14. Paulina
    15. Post
    16. Powell Butte
    17. Prineville
    18. Redmond
    19. Shaniko
    20. Sisters
    21. Sunriver
    22. Terrebonne
    23. Tygh Valley
    24. Warm Springs
  3. Eastern Oregon
    1. Adams
    2. Adrian
    3. Arlington
    4. Arock
    5. Athena
    6. Baker City
    7. Bates
    8. Boardman
    9. Bridgeport
    10. Brogan
    11. Burns
    12. Canyon City
    13. Condon
    14. Cove
    15. Crane
    16. Dayville
    17. Diamond
    18. Drewsey
    19. Durkee
    20. Echo
    21. Elgin
    22. Enterprise
    23. Fields
    24. Fossil
    25. Fox
    26. Frenchglen
    27. Grass Valley
    28. Haines
    29. Halfway
    30. Harper
    31. Helix
    32. Heppner
    33. Hereford
    34. Hermiston
    35. Hines
    36. Huntington
    37. Imbler
    38. Imnaha
    39. Ione
    40. Ironside
    41. Irrigon
    42. Jamieson
    43. John Day
    44. Jordan Valley
    45. Joseph
    46. Juntura
    47. Kent
    48. Kimberly
    49. La Grande
    50. Lexington
    51. Long Creek
    52. Lostine
    53. Meacham
    54. Mikkalo
    55. Milton Freewater
    56. Mitchell
    57. Monument
    58. Moro
    59. Mount Vernon
    60. North Powder
    61. Nyssa
    62. Ontario
    63. Oxbow
    64. Pendleton
    65. Pilot Rock
    66. Prairie City
    67. Princeton
    68. Richland
    69. Riley
    70. Ritter
    71. Riverside
    72. Rufus
    73. Seneca
    74. Spray
    75. Stanfield
    76. Summerville
    77. Sumpter
    78. Ukiah
    79. Umatilla
    80. Union
    81. Unity
    82. Vale
    83. Wallowa
    84. Wasco
    85. Westfall
    86. Weston
  4.   The Wallowas
    1. Baker City
    2. Enterprise
    3. Joseph
    4. La Grande
    5. Union
  5. Greater Portland
    1. Aloha
    2. Banks
    3. Beavercreek
    4. Beaverton
    5. Buxton
    6. Clackamas
    7. Clatskanie
    8. Colton
    9. Cornelius
    10. Deer Island
    11. Forest Grove
    12. Gales Creek
    13. Gaston
    14. Gladstone
    15. Gresham
    16. Hillsboro
    17. Lake Oswego
    18. Manning
    19. Marylhurst
    20. Milwaukie
    21. North Plains
    22. Oregon City
    23. Portland
    24. Rainier
    25. Scappoose
    26. Sherwood
    27. St. Helens
    28. Tigard
    29. Timber
    30. Tualatin
    31. Vernonia
    32. Warren
    33. West Linn
  6. Mt. Hood / The Gorge
    1. Boring
    2. Bridal Veil
    3. Brightwood
    4. Cascade Locks
    5. Corbett
    6. Dufur
    7. Eagle Creek
    8. Estacada
    9. Fairview
    10. Government Camp
    11. Hood River
    12. Mosier
    13. Odell
    14. Parkdale
    15. Rhododendron
    16. Sandy
    17. The Dalles
    18. Timberline Lodge
    19. Troutdale
    20. Welches
    21. Wood Village
    22. Zigzag
  7.   Mt. Hood
    1. Estacada
    2. Fairview
    3. Government Camp
    4. Parkdale
    5. Rhododendron
    6. Sandy
    7. Timberline Lodge
    8. Troutdale
    9. Welches
    10. Wood Village
    11. Zigzag
  8.   The Columbia River Gorge
    1. Cascade Locks
    2. Corbett
    3. Eagle Creek
    4. Hood River
    5. Mosier
    6. Odell
    7. The Dalles
  9. Oregon Coast
    1. Agness
    2. Allegany
    3. Arch Cape
    4. Astoria
    5. Bandon
    6. Bay City
    7. Beaver
    8. Blodgett
    9. Broadbent
    10. Brookings
    11. Cannon Beach
    12. Charleston
    13. Cloverdale
    14. Coos Bay
    15. Coquille
    16. Depoe Bay
    17. Eddyville
    18. Elkton
    19. Florence
    20. Garibaldi
    21. Gearhart
    22. Gleneden Beach
    23. Gold Beach
    24. Hammond
    25. Harbor
    26. Hauser
    27. Hebo
    28. Lakeside
    29. Langlois
    30. Lincoln City
    31. Logsden
    32. Manzanita
    33. Mapleton
    34. Myrtle Point
    35. Nehalem
    36. Neotsu
    37. Neskowin
    38. Netarts
    39. Newport
    40. North Bend
    41. Oceanside
    42. Ophir
    43. Otis
    44. Pacific City
    45. Port Orford
    46. Powers
    47. Reedsport
    48. Remote
    49. Rockaway Beach
    50. Rose Lodge
    51. Seal Rock
    52. Seaside
    53. Siletz
    54. Sixes
    55. South Beach
    56. Tidewater
    57. Tillamook
    58. Toledo
    59. Tolovana Park
    60. Waldport
    61. Warrenton
    62. Wedderburn
    63. Westlake/Dunes City
    64. Wheeler
    65. Winchester Bay
    66. Yachats
  10.   Wild Rivers Coast
    1. Bandon
    2. Brookings
    3. Gold Beach
    4. Langlois
    5. Port Orford
  11.   Yachats, Waldport and Seal Rock
    1. Seal Rock
    2. Waldport
    3. Yachats
  12. Southern Oregon
    1. Adel
    2. Ashland
    3. Azalea
    4. Beatty
    5. Bly
    6. Bonanza
    7. Butte Falls
    8. Camas Valley
    9. Canyonville
    10. Cave Junction
    11. Central Point
    12. Chemult
    13. Chiloquin
    14. Christmas Valley
    15. Crescent
    16. Crescent Lake
    17. Curtin
    18. Dairy
    19. Days Creek
    20. Diamond Lake
    21. Dillard
    22. Drain
    23. Eagle Point
    24. Fort Klamath
    25. Fort Rock
    26. Gardiner
    27. Gilchrist
    28. Glendale
    29. Glide
    30. Gold Hill
    31. Grants Pass
    32. Idleyld Park
    33. Jacksonville
    34. Keno
    35. Kerby
    36. Klamath Falls
    37. Lakeview
    38. Malin
    39. Medford
    40. Merlin
    41. Merrill
    42. Midland
    43. Murphy
    44. Myrtle Creek
    45. New Pine Creek
    46. O'Brien
    47. Oakland
    48. Paisley
    49. Phoenix
    50. Plush
    51. Prospect
    52. Rice Hill
    53. Riddle
    54. Rogue River
    55. Roseburg
    56. Selma
    57. Shady Cove
    58. Silver Lake
    59. Sprague River
    60. Steamboat
    61. Summer Lake
    62. Sutherlin
    63. Talent
    64. Tenmile
    65. Tiller
    66. Trail
    67. Umpqua
    68. White City
    69. Wilbur
    70. Wilderville
    71. Williams
    72. Winchester
    73. Winston
    74. Wolf Creek
    75. Yoncalla
  13. Willamette Valley
    1. Albany
    2. Alsea
    3. Amity
    4. Aumsville
    5. Aurora
    6. Blachly
    7. Blue River
    8. Brownsville
    9. Canby
    10. Carlton
    11. Cascadia
    12. Cheshire
    13. Corvallis
    14. Cottage Grove
    15. Crabtree
    16. Crawfordsville
    17. Creswell
    18. Culp Creek
    19. Dallas
    20. Dayton
    21. Deadwood
    22. Detroit
    23. Dexter
    24. Donald
    25. Dorena
    26. Dundee
    27. Elmira
    28. Eugene
    29. Fall Creek
    30. Falls City
    31. Gates
    32. Gervais
    33. Grand Ronde
    34. Halsey
    35. Harrisburg
    36. Hubbard
    37. Idanha
    38. Independence
    39. Jefferson
    40. Junction City
    41. Keizer
    42. Lafayette
    43. Leaburg
    44. Lebanon
    45. Lorane
    46. Lowell
    47. Lyons
    48. Marcola
    49. Marion
    50. McKenzie Bridge
    51. McMinnville
    52. Mehama
    53. Mill City
    54. Molalla
    55. Monmouth
    56. Monroe
    57. Mount Angel
    58. Mulino
    59. Newberg
    60. Noti
    61. Oakridge
    62. Philomath
    63. Pleasant Hill
    64. Rickreall
    65. Saginaw
    66. Salem
    67. Scio
    68. Scotts Mills
    69. Scottsburg
    70. Shedd
    71. Sheridan
    72. Silverton
    73. Springfield
    74. St. Benedict
    75. St. Paul
    76. Stayton
    77. Sublimity
    78. Sweet Home
    79. Swisshome
    80. Tangent
    81. Thurston
    82. Turner
    83. Veneta
    84. Vida
    85. Walterville
    86. Walton
    87. Westfir
    88. Willamina
    89. Wilsonville
    90. Woodburn
    91. Yamhill
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Where is a good lakeside cabin that is dog-friendly and has good fishing?

Elk Lake Resort (www.elklakeresort.net)  might be a good destination for you. Cabins allow pets, though not sure about the “run free” part. There is a beach, however, on the other side of Elk Lake that I know allows dogs off-leash. It’s called Little Fawn. Fishing is popular on the lake, as well as sailing, stand-up-paddle boarding and the like. Only other caveat is that until the Cascade Lakes Highway is plowed of snow, which typically happens around Memorial Day or later, you can’t get there except for on skis or in a snowcat! But for a summer destination, this one is great. You might also check out Paulina Lake Resort and Odell Lake Resort. Have fun!

What is the best time of year and place for salmon fishing?

In Oregon salmon run almost year around on one river or another.

First are spring Chinook; they start in March but the best fishing is April and May on the Columbia, Willamette and Rogue Rivers and May and June in Tillamook Bay.

June also has some good summer Chinook fishing in the Columbia.

Next is the fall run on the Columbia, the best fishing in August and early September in Astoria and then closer to Portland later in September.

Fall Chinook inter all the coastal bays in September and last until November.

November and December we do well in the coastal rivers.

Answered by David Johnson, Ask Oregon Fishing Expert on January 7th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

Which parks on the coast offer yurt camping? We want to stay close to Portland and are traveling with our young grandson.

The State Parks closest to Portland that offer yurt camping include the following (north to south):

Fort Stevens State Park at the mouth of the Columbia River offers 15 yurts. The park is large and is great for families with access to river, beach, lakes and several miles of hiking and biking trails. The park is famous for the 1906 shipwreck Peter Iredale on the beach and military fortifications used to guard the entrance to the river from the Civil War through World War II. From here you can make day trips to other attractions in Astoria, Lewis and Clark’s Fort Clatsop and Seaside, known as one of Oregon’s best family destinations with arcades, an indoor carousel, kiddie rides and more that your 6-year-old grandson would love. Visitors have come to the small Seaside Aquarium for 75 years to feed the seals.

Nehalem Bay State Park is located near Manzanita and offers access to both bay and beach. The park has 18 yurts and nearly two miles of biking trails. During July, the Park’s interpretive programs and guided hikes would be offered daily and they have Junior Ranger programs for kids ages 6-12. Seals are frequently seen basking on the beach near the mouth of the bay (also take note of the coyote warning the park issued last summer). I would suggest you take your grandson on a crabbing aventure. Jetty Fishery on the other side of the bay offers boat and crab gear rentals or crabbing from the docks.

Wet of Tillamook is Cape Lookout State Park with miles of beach and hiking trails. There are 13 yurts available. I love this park and this area. It is just a few minutes away from the small town of Oceanside and Cape Meares State Park (lighthouse and panoramic views). To the south is Cape Kiwanda with its giant sand dune on the flank of the sculpted sandstone cape.

The next closest park with yurts is on the Central Oregon Coast. Devil’s Lake State Park in Lincoln City offers 10 yurts and is a short drive to the beach, but is not on the beach. You may want to consider Beverly Beach State Park north of Newport. It’s a large park with 21 yurts and a playground. I still remember as a child following the trail along the creek from the campground, under a highway bridge and emerging at a long stretch of beach between Yaquina Head and Otter Rock. The park is a short drive to Newport’s attractions like the world class Oregon Coast Aquarium, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, Wax Works wax museum and Undersea Gardens. Natural attractions include the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area (lighthouse, panoramic views and great tidepool area) and Devil’s Punchbowl at Otter Rock.

Do make your reservations early. Call 1-800-452-5687 to check on availability and make your reservations (online reservations unavailable). These parks also offer small cabins as an option.

Happy exploring and memory creating!

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on January 4th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

What is the best time of year to visit the Rogue-Umpqua Byway to see the waterfalls?

Greetings from Southern Oregon,

The most commonly recommended time to travel the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway is June through October, mainly to ensure clear roads, fair weather and more daylight hours. Volumes of water running in the falls largely depend on wintertime precipitation. We’re off to a good start for this year, considering the flood warnings throughout Southern Oregon several weeks ago. And Crater Lake started seeing enough snow in October to close some roads.

You could plan your trip in mid- to late spring, but mountain travel in this region could still be unpredictable then. If I were planning the trip for myself, I would check the National Weather Service’s precipitation records for this region throughout the winter to confirm they were average or above, obtain extended weather forecasts for the period that I wanted to visit and verify favorable road conditions on ODOT’s website, www.tripcheck.com.

Here’s a story from the Mail Tribune newspaper on the Rogue-Umpqua waterfalls that may help: http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080313/LIFE/803130301&cid=sitesearch

Answered by Sarah Lemon on January 4th, 2013 - Post Your Answer

What are the best places for easy trail hikes that are not too close to the city?

Thanks for the great question.  I am the Ask Oregon expert on outdoor recreation and the Assistant Manager of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center, and these are my recommendations for easy hikes in Oregon away from the city.  Since Oregon is so rich in variety, I’ve included hike suggestions for northern Oregon, central Oregon to the coast, and southern Oregon as a sort of sampler platter into what the state has to offer.  I assume that by easy you mean, easy to find, well-maintained and signed, and good for hikers of all skill levels from kids to seniors.

To the east of Portland you can find endless options for easy hikes.  One of my favorites is the Eagle Creek Trail where you will pass half a dozen waterfalls like picturesque Punchbowl Falls (4.2 miles roundtrip). From Punchbowl Falls you can keep on hiking, but it will get steeper as you go, around the six-mile mark you will come across Tunnel Falls, a 120 foot waterfall that has a tunnel built through it.  If you feel up for the longer hike and elevation gain, it’s well worth the effort.

Southeast of Eagle Creek, on the other side of Mt Hood, is another great hike (3 miles round trip) that leads to Bagby Hot Springs.  The trail follows along the Collawash River through an old-growth forest of douglas firs and cedars.  This is a great hike for viewing wildflowers in the spring and rich fall colors in October and November.  You can reward yourself with a soak in the rustic hot springs bath house where the tubs are carved out of cedar logs, but be aware, swimsuits are rare.

The first two hikes can be crowded when the weather is nice.  If you want to get away from the crowds, go to the Mount Jefferson Wilderness and Canyon Creek Meadows (4.5 miles to the lower meadow).  This is one of the best easy hikes to high cascades wildflower meadows.  Blue lupine and red paintbrush peak at the end of July.  This trail leads you to a scenic viewpoint of Three Fingered Jack (7.5 miles round trip).  On the way back to the trailhead you will pass beaver ponds and waterfalls.

Central Oregon offers hikes of a different color – reddish brown.  There are tons of great easy hikes away from the city in the central portion of the state.  I am always amazed with the beauty around Smith Rock State Park.  The trails around the park are relatively easy.  Don’t worry though, If you get tired, there are many benches along the way to rest your legs and while you’re resting look up at the rocky cliffs and you’re almost guaranteed to see thrill-seeking rock-climbers defying gravity, Smith Rock is a world renowned climbing destination.

The McKenzie River National Recreation Trail is an all-season favorite of mine.  Stretching 26.2 miles from Clear Lake to McKenzie Bridge, you can find a number of easy hikes along the way.  Sahalie & Koosah Falls are two spectacular waterfalls about half a mile apart.  You can park at either Sahalie Falls or Koosah Falls’ convenient trailheads right off Highway 126 and hike in a loop between the two falls (approximately 2.6 miles).  Continue west on highway 126 and take the turn-off for Trailbridge Reservoir.  From here, follow the McKenzie River National Recreation Trail 1.5 miles to Tamolitch Falls.  Old lava flows have shaped the landscape of the McKenzie River Valley and part of the river flows underground only to re-emerge at Tamolitch Falls.  It’s brilliant blue water will amaze you and beg you to linger before hiking back to your car.

If you continue west on Highway 126 you will reach the Oregon coast.  A great, easy hike along the way is Sweet Creek Falls, just outside of Mapleton.  This 2.2 mile trail passes a dozen small waterfalls and is a favorite among kids who can play in the shallow water when it’s warm and collect fallen leaves in autumn.

To really get away from the city, you have to go to the southeastern corner of the state.  A notable easy hike here is Steens Mountain Summit.  This is the ninth tallest mountain in Oregon and arguably the easiest to climb.  The landscape is unlike any of the previously mentioned hikes.

Oregon’s natural beauty shines on all of these hikes.  Get to know the landscape and what shaped it and you will enjoy each of these hikes even more because every trail tells a story.
Let me know if I can answer anymore questions for you.  Enjoy your hiking!

Answered by Cari Soong on December 10th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

I’d like to get information about bicycling the entire length of the OC&E Woods Line State Trail. I’d like to hear from someone who has actually done it. I’m interested in the best type of bicycle to use, is an off-road touring bike OK (Salsa Fargo, for instance), recommended tire size, water availability (streams, creeks, etc.), location of the trailhead in the Sycan Marsh, and so on. I haven’t been able to get much information from people who have cycled on the trail. Thanks.

I have not been on the OC&E Woods Line State Trail, but I found some people who have.  Most helpful was Zach Gilmour at Hutch’s Bicycles in Klamath Falls (541-850-2453).  He has ridden most of the trail and here is what he says:


Best type of bicycle to use:
It’s soft gravel for nearly all of it (the last seven or eight miles of it closest to Klamath Falls are paved).  For what I’ve ridden on the unpaved portion of that trail, a wide but low knob 29’er tire would do the trick perfectly.”

Water availability (streams, creeks, etc.): “As far as water stops goes, it’s pretty bleak out there for any kind of civilized water. The trail runs very close to and crosses Sprague River and Five Mile creek at several locations. You would be best off bringing water filtration.”

Location of the trailhead in the Sycan Marsh: For the location of the Sycan Marsh trailhead I actually did a bit of digging around. Nobody I knew has ever been out there so I called the park ranger responsible for that area. The closest access to Sycan Marsh is from Horse Glade trailhead. Apparently there is a gap in the trail that was put in to deter motorized vehicles from driving on it between those two locations (there are endangered species in the marsh). To his knowledge it should be accessible to bikes and hikers still.  You should be able to access the Horse Glade trailhead off of Ivory Pine road and turning on road 27″

and so on: “We get people from time to time asking about this section of trail but I have yet to hear of anybody that has traveled it. The park ranger even admitted a degree of ignorance to specifics of things out there. It seems to be a very remote area. If you do make the trip, I would really like to hear about it!”  I do have first-hand knowledge of many of the dirt roads and ATV trails in the land just south west of Sprague River. If travels bring you through there I should probably be more helpful.

I also found this journal on crazyguyonabike.com.  It has some good info, but is a little dated… 2008I hope this helps you plan your trip.  I can’t say enough about how helpful the folks were at Hutch’s with my questions and they can also help you if you have more specific questions or need supplies before your ride.

 

Answered by Cari Soong on December 9th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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I will be visiting Southern Oregon in March. Is this a good time to go mushroom foraging?

Hi Emily,

I gather that you’re after morels, which are this region’s signature springtime mushrooms. The actual season depends largely on elevation. If we get some warm weather in February (50s), which is not uncommon, there can be early flushes of mushrooms in March, particularly in areas burned over by forest fire the previous year. The picking starts to accelerate in April at lower elevations, around 1,000 to 2,000 feet, but the main crop comes in May out of the region’s mountains.

You could get lucky if you have a proven spot in mind. Otherwise, speaking from experience, you can spend a lot of time wandering around in the woods, getting poison oak for your pains and coming home empty-handed. Then you’ll walk past a bark-mulched planter bed in the city and see the mushrooms among the shrubbery!

Just make sure wherever you go, you obtain a permit from whatever agency manages the land you’ll be picking on, which can take a bit of figuring out. It’s usually Bureau of Land Management or the U.S. Forest Service.

Here’s a story I wrote for the Mail Tribune newspaper about shrooming that has some more tips.

http://www.mailtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080508/LIFE/805080301&cid=sitesearch

Sincerely,

Sarah Lemon

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Answered by Sarah Lemon on December 7th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

What are some ideas for how our family could spend an afternoon in the Newberg area?

If I could choose just a few things for you do in an afternoon near Newberg, they would be as follows:

Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum:  This is a great place and if you have wanted to see the Spruce Goose, it’s here!  You could certainly spend a lot longer than an afternoon here, but it can be toured and enjoyed in just a few hours if that’s all you have.

Downtown McMinnville:  A great place for everything you are looking for!  The rooftop restaurant at the McMenamins Hotel Oregon would be a great place for lunch and then let the shopping begin!  Downtown McMinnville is filled with shops and sites and delicious places to find good food!  You could certainly spend hours just enjoying it!

You can also enjoy visiting Sleigh Bells between McMinnville and Newberg:  I love this place!  It is a huge gift shop and I am sure it is filled to the brim with Halloween and Fall items right now.  Sleigh Bells is also a working Christmas Tree farm so take the tour if you go!  Last time I was there, they were serving tea and I know they had some homemade goodies such as fudge for sale.  There’s a lot to see there!

Answered by Debbie Lusk on November 19th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

We want to see lighthouses on the Oregon Coast in November. Are there RV campgrounds open year-round?

Temperatures are typically mild along the Oregon Coast in November, so only on rare occasions do you need to worry about ice or frost on our roads. This is the rainy season on the coast and it can rain hard and be windy, but the Oregon Coast is spectacular anytime of year and many people come specifically to experience the weather and stormy seas.

There are several State Parks that offer year round RV campsites including Cape Lookout State Park (close to Cape Meares Lighthouse), Beverly Beach State Park (near Yaquina Head and Yaquina Bay Lighthouses), Sunset Bay State Park (near Cape Arago Lighthouse), Umpqua Lighthouse State Park (near Umpqua River Lighthouse), Bullards Beach State Park (near Coquille River Lighthouse) and Cape Blanco State Park (near Cape Blanco Lighthouse). There are also many private RV parks that remain open year-round.

The Heceta Head Lighthouse north of Florence is undergoing an extensive renovation and it is currently completely covered, but Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park nearby is also open year round for RVs.

Visit the Oregon State Parks website to look into the RV facilities.

Hope this is helpful and happy exploring!

Answered by Gary Hayes, Ask Oregon Coast Expert on November 19th, 2012 - Post Your Answer

We are travelling along I-84 from Pendleton, Oregon to Salt Lake City, Utah. Are there any State Parks that are close to (or along) that stretch of I-84? –Zig

Hi Zig,

Between Pendleton and the Oregon-Idaho border, there are 4 state parks close to I-84.

Heading west to east, they are:

You might also consider stopping near Baker City at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center open 9-4 daily until December.

Happy trails,
Lynne

Answered by Lynne Curry on November 10th, 2012 - Post Your Answer
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