With summer coming to a close, we will soon be wrapping up our series of featured hikes from our new hiking guide: Oregon’s Ancient Forests. But before we go, we have to share this lovely hike to Twin Lakes in the Umpqua National Forest. The Twin Lakes area offers a sampling of the best of the region: spectacular wildflower meadows, mountain views, and ancient forests recovering from a 2017 fire.
For today’s weekly featured hike, we won’t be sharing a specific trail, but rather we are sharing some tips for making the most of your hike from Oregon Wild staffer and author Chandra LeGue. Chandra is a hiking expert and her tips can apply to any hike.
by Kelby Johnson
Oregon has been falling behind when it comes to protecting areas as Wilderness compared to our neighboring Western states. You’re likely already familiar with the state’s Wilderness deficit: of Oregon’s total area, only about 4% is designated as Wilderness. Compared to other states, Idaho has about 8% designated. Then comes Washington with 10% and California leads with 15%! The numbers alone show how behind Oregon is in prioritizing the protection of our land.
We are back again with a weekly featured hike to inspire your summer adventures and share what our new book, Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide, has to offer. Today we are returning to the Mt. Hood National Forest to share the Fifteenmile Creek hike. It is a longer and more difficult choice, but this hike features an incredibly diverse array of old-growth trees and is an awesome outing for your day off.
Hi, I am Kelby! I just recently joined Oregon Wild as the Ochoco Mountains Outreach and Stewardship Intern for the 2019 summer. Coming from Colorado, I grew up outdoors and have fostered a love for nature which has pushed me to pursue a career in conservation. This passion for conservation work has come from my love of animals and nature that I have had my entire life.
Here we are heading into the holiday weekend with another hike to share from Oregon Wild’s recently released book, Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide, by Chandra LeGue. We hope these hikes inspire you to get outside this summer and to check out the new book!