Wilderness lakes offer quiet

Published Jul 23, 2014 at 12:11AM


Best falls not named Sahalie

Published Jul 16, 2014 at 12:11AM


Hiking Black Butte

Published Jul 2, 2014 at 12:11AM


Prime paddling

Published Jun 11, 2014 at 12:11AM

Paddling tips from Gerry Lopez

Published May 21, 2014 at 12:11AM


Metolius River wandering

Published Apr 30, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated May 26, 2014 at 11:20AM


Central Oregon wildflowers beckon

Published Apr 23, 2014 at 12:11AM


Bend skatepark offers quick outdoors fix

Published Apr 16, 2014 at 12:11AM


Belknap hot springs beckons

Published Apr 2, 2014 at 12:11AM


Bend area buttes beckon

Published Mar 19, 2014 at 12:04AM / Updated Mar 19, 2014 at 10:35AM

Central Oregon winter hiking: Badlands Rock Trail

Published Feb 26, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated Feb 26, 2014 at 07:48AM


Ice skate in Central Oregon

Published Feb 19, 2014 at 12:11AM

Adventure Sports

Access backcountry west of Bend

Published Feb 12, 2014 at 12:01AM / Updated Feb 12, 2014 at 08:26AM

When to ride muddy trails

Published Feb 5, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated Feb 5, 2014 at 01:34PM


‘Epic’ snow is up higher

Published Feb 5, 2014 at 12:11AM


Snowshoeing at Swampy

Published Jan 29, 2014 at 12:03AM / Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 09:19AM

Sweet outing for kids

Published Jan 22, 2014 at 12:06AM


Wintertime in La Pine State Park

Published Jan 14, 2014 at 11:58PM / Updated Jan 15, 2014 at 06:10AM

No snow needed

Published Jan 14, 2014 at 11:58PM

Catching sunrise at Pilot Butte

Published Jan 7, 2014 at 11:12PM

Prepare to wander

Published Dec 18, 2013 at 12:01AM


Caves and trails east of Bend beckon

Published Dec 4, 2013 at 12:01AM


Search for canals goes awry

Published Nov 27, 2013 at 12:01AM

Bessie Butte offers quiet run

Published Nov 13, 2013 at 04:00AM

A week and a half ago, I took advantage of a no-deadline day and a sunny forecast — in November! — and went for a trail run on one of Deschutes National Forest's under-appreciated east-side offerings, Swamp Wells Trail. This hadn't been my original plan. I'd intended to check out the hiker section of Mrazek Trail, along scenic Tumalo Creek, but the morning dawned oddly…



Portland park offers nature trails

Published Nov 6, 2013 at 04:00AM

Last week I left cool, crisp blue-skied Central Oregon to spend 10 days in soggy, wet, gray-skied Portland. Or at least that was my assumption. Turns out, save for a few gray mornings, I didn't encounter the stereotypical Willamette Valley weather much at all. Thanks to the weather, my 2-year-old daughter, Phoebe, and I managed to take full advantage of city life, including many parks…



A calming forest soak

Published Oct 23, 2013 at 05:00AM

“You had a very Japanese outing,” said my wife, Catherine, after I got home from an outing last Wednesday. She had just gotten home from work, meaning a day cooped up indoors, and I was bragging/telling her about the outing I took with our family dog, Kaloo, along with Mr. and Mrs. Map Guy. We'd spent a good chunk of Wednesday along the cold, clear…



Fall color in Central Oregon

Published Oct 16, 2013 at 05:00AM

Last week I called up Chris Sabo, the U. S. Forest Service trail specialist for the area, to ask him an important fall question. “Where do you think is a good place to catch some fall colors?” I asked. Sabo, who knows local forests better than nearly anyone, paused a moment, then deadpanned his answer: “New England. ”Yes, Central Oregon is not known for its…



Two trails make for memorable ride

Published Oct 2, 2013 at 05:00AM

Fall is prime mountain biking season in Central Oregon. For one thing, there's colorful fall foliage. For another, you can see the colorful fall foliage because rain-dampened trails means less moon dust in your eyes. Be warned: You're going to put some miles on your vehicles if you do what we did, but there's no shortage of alternatives to this half-baked plan of ours. Last…



Hike Broken Top before it snows

Published Sep 25, 2013 at 05:00AM

Quick, before snow blankets the mountain roads, get yourself to Broken Top. That's my takeaway thought from a jaw-dropppingly beautiful hike I took late last week. My friend Kate Ramsayer was visiting Bend from the East Coast. She lived here for many years and used to be my regular hiking companion. She knew she wanted to hike somewhere off the Cascade Lakes Highway while she…



A stunning late-season hike

Published Sep 11, 2013 at 05:00AM

I woke up on Friday morning to see streaks of rain dripping down my windows and a solid gray sky overhead. I had plans to meet my dad for a hike, but the weather made me worry. We were planning to hike to Tam McArthur Rim, high in the Cascades. The foreboding weather seemed like a warning sign. I pictured us stuck up on a…


Exploring old mines in the Ochocos

Published Sep 4, 2013 at 05:00AM

“There's your lead, right there,” Map Guy said as we hurtled down Forest Road 42 in the Ochocos. I was driving, and started looking around to see what the heck he might be referring to. We'd just visited the Mother Lode and Independent mines, and were en route to nearby Blue Ridge mine. It was a pretty day in a gorgeous wooded setting, and I…



Newberry Crater staycation

Published Aug 21, 2013 at 05:00AM

Last week, I took a couple of days off with my three kids, because in these waning days of summer, you have to take advantage before it wanes completely. We'd decided to go camping, per my daughter Lucy's repeated wishes. I like camping well enough, or used to before I realized how much more I like my bed. Also, camping requires planning, one of the…



Perseids will light sky

Published Aug 7, 2013 at 05:00AM

The Perseid meteor shower is supposed to be phenomenal this year. The small, new moon is well-timed to improve stargazing. And Central Oregon has ample open spaces with unobstructed views of dark skies. The Perseid meteor shower ignites our skies around the same time every August. Monday is the expected peak of fireball action, although stars will shootfor many days on either side of the…



Old boat, great float

Published Jul 31, 2013 at 05:00AM

Never judge a boat by its color. Whenever I take out my battered old canoe, it's always good for at least one remark from a fellow paddler. Friday morning, when Map Guy and I took the beat-up boat on the Deschutes River, was no different. Before I moved out here from Florida, my father slapped two different shades of green paint on the canoe, covering…



An easy jaunt to Hand Lake

Published Jul 24, 2013 at 05:00AM

If the payoff for a hike comes easily, can it be enjoyed just as much as if you reached the spot after hiking arduously for hours?That was the question I asked myself as my husband and I stumbled, almost too quickly, upon a pristine alpine lake tucked into the southern edge of the Mount Washington Wilderness. Just a half-mile from the McKenzie Pass Highway sits…