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Moments after we stepped onto the lower Rogue River Trail near Marial last Saturday morning, a bald eagle glided down and landed on a snag, a perfect welcome back to one of the most spectacular trail stretches in Oregon.

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Perhaps the best part of summer is the return to nature. While hiking, camping and other outdoor activities are not limited to warm weather, there is something special about spending hot summer days by the lake or on a trail.

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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:…

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After spending four months traversing through the deserts, forests, mountains and valleys of the 2,650-mile Pacific Crest Trail, Trevor Schissler of Roseburg has found he’s stronger than when he began.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club plans to hike to Sacchi Beach Oct. 7. The moderate 6-mile beach walk from the Seven Devils picnic area near Bandon to Sacchi Beach below Arago Peak will feature scenic views of Fivemile Point and the Oregon coast south of Cape Arago. Hikers will get a ch…

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“Make sure you keep an eye on the kids, because a bobcat’s been spotted in the area,” the park ranger at the Loon Lake Recreation Area entrance booth told us as we arrived for the last camping trip of the summer.

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It is surprising how many residents of southwestern Oregon have never heard of the Wallowa Mountains or heard of their moniker, “Alps of Oregon,” and among those who do know about them, some even have difficulty pronouncing the name correctly (Wah-LAO-wahs).