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We drove past the covered wagons and the signs about the historic figures that stayed at Farewell Bend before us as we got back on the road to head home.

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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).

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Soon, outdoor enthusiasts will be hiking and mountain biking down a new trail through the shade-covered Umpqua National Forest, catching glimpses of Lemolo Lake between the evergreens.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club plans to hike to Tamolitch Pool on the McKenzie River on Saturday, July 29.

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To ensure public access to 211 acres of forestland along a wild and scenic section of the North Umpqua River, the Roseburg District of the Bureau of Land Management, with the help of Western Rivers Conservancy, acquired Swiftwater Park from Douglas County in April.

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning an 8-mile hike from Lost Creek Lake along the Rogue River trail to the Cascade Gorge Saturday, Feb. 25.

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Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning a hike to Takelma Gorge in the Union Creek area along the Rogue River for Oct. 22. The moderate to strenuous out-and-back hike is estimated at 9 miles, though there will be different options as well. The drive is about two hours to the trailhead …

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The Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club is planning hikes at Silver Falls State Park for June 4. It can take up to two hours to drive to the park, which is about 20 miles east of Salem. The most popular hike is the 8.7-mile Trail of Ten Falls, and other trails and distances are available. Thos…

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With 79 miles of outdoor recreation along the North Umpqua River, the North Umpqua Trail is a beautiful playland for hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers.