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Only a day and a half drive from Douglas County is one of the most accessible, spectacular and pristine wilderness areas in the U.S. — the Bridger Wilderness in Wyoming’s Wind River Range. Thousands of backpackers, fishermen and alpinists have already discovered this paradise for outdoor ent…

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Our four horses were suspicious. Bullard’s Beach Horse Camp, just north of Bandon, is tucked behind the fore-dunes — so it has protection from the wind, but the distant thunder of the not so distant surf and the moan of a foghorn can be clearly heard.

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In celebration of our 34th Saint Patrick’s Day wedding anniversary, my husband, Kyle, and I dressed up. Sporting our unfashionable wool ski pants, we loaded Suzie Q (our Subaru) with antiquated cross-country skis and headed up Highway 138E towards Diamond Lake. We never made it to our destination.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning to hike the Hobbit Trail near Heceta Head Lighthouse on March 24. The 6-mile loop hike will begin at the historic lighthouse, 725 Summer St., Florence, and go over Heceta Head before reaching Carl Washburn State Park. The return route will be…

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning to hike to Pine Bench in the Boulder Creek Drainage Area Feb. 24.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning to hike from Seven Devils Wayside to Bullards Beach Feb. 10. The end-to-end 8-mile beach walk north of Bandon includes two wades across a creek and a mild scramble around Fivemile Point.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning a 7.3-mile loop hike at Cape Blanco on Jan. 13.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning a 7.3-mile loop hike at Cape Blanco on Jan. 13.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club plans to hike an 8.2-mile strenuous loop through old-growth coastal forest Dec. 16 at Cape Mountain, north of Florence.

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Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club plans to hike to Kentucky Falls and the North Fork Smith River this Saturday. The 8.5-mile hike takes hikers past three waterfalls. Participants are asked to meet before 8 a.m. in Douglas County Courthouse parking lot and share carpool expenses. Information:…