Boise’s hiking Grand Slam

Thirty-four miles and more than 10,000 vertical feet

Tom Lopez created the Grand Slam peaks of the Boise, Idaho, area as a four-step … Read more

Easy access to two Columbia River Gorge trails cut off

Efforts to find alternative route in the works

NORTH BONNEVILLE — Easy access for hikers to popular Table Mountain and Aldrich Butte trails … Read more

Hiking the Dry River Canyon

A trek through the Badlands east of Bend offers a lesson in geology

A shimmering layer of white had already blanketed the Cascades, so it was time to … Read more

Forest service considers limiting use in Three Sisters Wilderness

The South Sister Climber Trail is one area that could be affected

Climbing to the summit of Oregon’s third-tallest peak is supposed to be a wilderness experience, … Read more

Whychus Canyon hike pays off

A hike along the canyon and creek near Sisters offers many rewards

Although I’ve roamed the extensive trails of Central Oregon for 15 years, I still come … Read more

Fort Rock hike offers a glimpse into Oregon’s history

Hiking and “climbing” at Fort Rock State Natural Area

FORT ROCK — This was the sort of rock climbing that I could get used … Read more

Overrated? Not Eastern Oregon’s Painted Hills

MITCHELL — It’s difficult to say why, but I always suspected Eastern Oregon’s Painted Hills … Read more

Bend hiker aims for thru-hiking triple crown

Mary Moynihan wants to conquer all three long-distance U.S. trails in 2016

Mary Moynihan has the math all worked out. She will need to average 21.8 miles … Read more

Bend man thru-hikes PCT

Judd Rush hiked 2,650-mile trail from Mexico to Canada

Judd Rush was headed back to his sleeping pad at 2 a.m. when he saw … Read more

Scott Mountain hike has a little of everything

Early fall a perfect time for this McKenzie Pass hike

Central Oregon is home to so many inviting trails it can be downright daunting to … Read more

Escape to the Sawtooths

The Idaho Rockies offer endless hiking, biking and other outdoor pursuits — and clean air

STANLEY, Idaho — Surrounded by craggy spires of granite with my feet submerged in the … Read more

Get up close to the Cascades at Tam McArthur Rim

Hike near Sisters is perfect for families

THREE CREEK LAKE — Ashroud of thick, gray smoke blocked the view of the Cascade … Read more

Coastal park offers acres of exploration

Ecola State Park on the north Oregon Coast offers memorable hikes for all ages

CANNON BEACH — A trip to the Oregon Coast with young kids begins and ends … Read more

PCT hike in the Cascades offers stunning views

The route from Elk Lake to Koosah Mountain is a fun day hike along the Pacific Crest Trail

Where the heck was the lake? I had been hiking for two hours, so I … Read more

Hiking season starts early

But lingering snow can still cause problems in the Central Oregon Cascades

Chris Sabo has hiked and explored trails in the Central Oregon Cascades for the last … Read more

Take a walk on the wild(flower) side of the Gorge

They are nature’s fireworks display, but instead of exploding in the air, they come up … Read more

Coastal hike offers vast views for whale watching

TILLAMOOK — One of the fun parts in having children is discovering the ways they … Read more

Hiking at Smith Rock

The rock climbing mecca is also the ideal place for a simple trek

TERREBONNE — Yes, the less vertically inclined, too, can find a suitable adventure here. Although … Read more

Trekking across New Zealand

Photos: Bend hiker recounts trip along the Te Araroa Trail

The vegetation grew more dense with each step as Mary Moynihan slushed through a creek … Read more

Hike to a High Desert oasis

Alder Springs Trail near Sisters is a springtime gem in Central Oregon

• Difficult trail. Check. • Sketchy creek crossing. Check. • Out-of-the-way place. Check. • Snakes. … Read more

Lava Lands now open

Center just south of Bend is informative, offers cool hikes

The clouds were whipping by overhead, cycling through a series of weather changes. Sun. Rain. … Read more

Hiking on the McKenzie River

Waterfalls Loop Trail, between Bend and Eugene, is ideal

The McKenzie River has always filled me with a certain mystical wonder about its hidden … Read more

Central Oregon winter hiking: Pine Mountain

Climb proves a challenge in the snow

MILLICAN — The decision was not quite like turning back 250 feet short of the … Read more

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