His quest: to visit every national park

Nebraska man is on a 3-year journey to visit all sites in one continuous trip

By 9 a.m. at Cabrillo National Monument, Mikah Meyer had already mapped out his day. … Read more

Bend Police officer to dedicate Boston Marathon run to late sergeant

Sgt. John Lawrence encouraged a healthy work-life balance

Misha Knea strode along the Deschutes River Trail on a recent afternoon while gearing up … Read more

Mountain Bike Trail Guide: The Otter Bench trail system

Early spring is an optimal time to enjoy the rugged Crooked River Gorge along the Otter Bench trail system

CROOKED RIVER RANCH — Opal Canyon is one of those places where mountain bikers dismount … Read more

Coast Range hike features 240-foot suspension bridge

Bridge east of Lincoln City soars across treetops and above Drift Creek Falls

The most spectacular backcountry bridge in Oregon turned 20 last year, and it’s just as … Read more

Trout subspecies has likely disappeared from Oregon lake

Drought, low snowpack have reduced water levels at Harney County lake

Nestled below the east face of Steens Mountain, Mann Lake is an oasis in the … Read more

‘Gravel grinders’ take cyclists off the pavement

Grateful for gravel

Gravel. The road surface doesn’t seem particularly conducive to bicycle racing — as much as, … Read more

Local fly-fishing videographer travels the world to capture footage

Todd Moen to present films as part of the Trout Opener Celebration in Bend on Saturday

Todd Moen travels the world to find some of the best fly-fishing destinations. But don’t … Read more

7 summits that are quite modest — for Colorado

Mount Herman 9,063 feet, 2.2 miles round trip, 1,040-foot elevation gain from Trail 716 in … Read more

Like a lantern on a string, but better

At first glance, the Luminoodle Light Rope might look like a bit of a novelty … Read more

Washington man brings world-class ice climbing to Montana

GRANITE LAKE, Mont. — It was still dark when Scott Coldiron and Matt Cornell crawled … Read more

Fly-tying corner


One of the classics, the Cowdung comes from the British Isles, inspired by the grubs … Read more

Steelhead flies: the Skunk origin myth revisited

“Black on the bottom, white in the middle and black on top. Skunk hair,” Jim … Read more

Spring birders revel in woodpeckers’ drum rolls, pecks and calls

Dean Hale Woodpecker Festival delights eyes, ears

Central Oregonians know spring by several indicators. Lower-elevation trails firm up, construction sites multiply and … Read more

Volunteers needed to clear the Oregon Timber Trail

Those who are certified in the use of a chain saw are crucial for trail maintenance

A half-mile stretch of the Oregon Timber Trail was buried under some 450 downed logs … Read more

Turn a tulip festival tour into a good day of biking, hiking

SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. — New England in autumn has “leaf peeping.” Western Washington in spring … Read more

A pro golfer who’s always up for surfing

CARLSBAD, Calif. — If Costco didn’t sell surfboards, Tiffany Joh might have chosen another way … Read more

Klamath Basin suckers released from hatchery in effort to avoid extinction

KLAMATH FALLS — It isn’t easy being a Klamath Basin sucker. There has been a … Read more

Quandary Peak a good fourteener to start with

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — When climbing season comes around (June through September), novices look to … Read more

Collecting trash while jogging not new in Central Oregon

The Swedish have a name for it: plogging

“Hey, why don’t you go for a plog?” That’s not an insult. It’s a suggestion … Read more

Still time for cross-country skiing in Central Oregon

Trails at Meissner Sno-park set to be groomed through March 31, providing opportunity for spring break nordic skiing

MEISSNER SNO-PARK — The sun on my back and the slushy snow beneath my skis … Read more

Ready to explore a cave? Here are some suggestions

Consider a trip to Missouri, home to over 7,300 caves

ST. LOUIS — Missouri is honeycombed with more than 7,300 documented caves — nationally second … Read more

These islanders drive on Lake Superior in winter

BAYFIELD, Wis. — Arnie Nelson eased his pickup truck along the frozen path on Lake … Read more

Snowmobiler escapes avalanche with air bag

For Minnesota snowmobiler John Menssen the term “pretty exciting” has taken on a new meaning … Read more

Skiing and riding the backside of Bachelor

The south side of the mountain offers a backcountry-like experience, and snowriders need to be prepared

MOUNT BACHELOR — The chance to carve deep through untouched powder for turn after turn … Read more

Oregon’s 10 least-visited state parks offer spectacular solitude

There were around 50 million visits to Oregon’s state parks in 2017. That’s a huge … Read more

Colorado mountain climbing is no easy venture

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Colorado’s population continues to boom, meaning a lot of beginners will … Read more

A wintry windfall in Japan’s heavenly ski region

There are 195 countries in the world, many that can be envisioned before ever stepping … Read more

Nordic skiing in the Ochocos

Walton Sno-park on the Big Summit District of the Ochoco National Forest has about 20 … Read more

Backcountry skiing at Tam Rim

Backcountry skiing at Tam Rim

Boasting a plethora of perfectly pitched north-facing slopes, Tam McArthur Rim has become a popular … Read more

Snowmobilers delight in pre-dawn powder

First dibs

The distinct whine of snowmobiles cut through the howling, early morning wind in the Deschutes … Read more

For late winter hikes, head to the Badlands east of Bend

Wilderness area offers myriad trails, including the intriguing Flatiron Rock

Central Oregon is the rare sort of place where you can be skiing or snowboarding … Read more

14 Interior Alaska birds make Audubon’s ‘red list’

Bird-watchers like their lists, whether it’s the life list for birds seen over a lifetime … Read more

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