Historic Idaho hike features a WWII-era bomber, alpine lake and river canyon

SECESH, Idaho — It’s tempting to complain after nearly an hour of wading through the … Read more

Expert tips and 10 essentials for staying safe in the wilderness

SEATTLE — Hiking can be a great way to relax, get away and enjoy the … Read more

Hiking Trail Guide: Metolius River

Trails showcase the beauty of the clear river northwest of Sisters

Every time I go to the Metolius River, I am reminded of the words Jeff … Read more

Tam McArthur Rim offers a fairly easy day hike near Sisters

The 5.3-mile round-trip trek includes numerous Cascade views

To the north, the lake was a shining turquoise jewel some 1,500 feet below. To … Read more

Tips for surviving calamity on the trail

It was supposed to be a simple day hike in the wilderness — there and … Read more

Mountain views inspire, but Washington climber is the real muse

He didn’t hesitate when he came to the 50-degree sloping mass of snow and ice … Read more

Some forest trails remain closed long after 2017 wildfire

IDANHA — Some trails in Oregon’s Willamette National Forest remain closed because of damage from … 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

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

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

Wheelchair users seek outdoor adventures

From local trails to the Grand Canyon, two Central Oregon residents pursue ways to explore

Jabe Couch rode his electric wheelchair down a familiar path near Lava Butte. A couple … Read more

Explore Oregon: Wandering around McDowell Creek County Park

As we looked for a hike somewhere between Salem and Roseburg, we quickly narrowed our … Read more

Skinner Butte in Eugene getting new trails

A new quarter-mile path will create a route on the western slope.

Eugene’s heavily used Skinner Butte is getting some TLC to try to limit the wear … Read more

Rounding up the 9 best family hikes in the U.S.

Finding a hike that’s easy enough for youngsters and still enticing for adults can be … Read more

Man, 82, becomes oldest to hike Appalachian Trail

There was a moment back in August when Dale “Grey Beard” Sanders considered giving up. … Read more

Despite wildfires and snow, hikers have fall options in the Three Sisters Wilderness

Six Lakes Trail is an ideal hike this time of year

Just when the wildfires began to dissipate last month — clearing the lingering smoke and … Read more

Stream Map USA app for paddlers, anglers

Michael Gogal realized that a giving anglers and paddlers mobile access to waterway maps, GPS … Read more

Don’t count on cellphone for a rescue when hiking

Sarah Savage was alone in the woods and didn’t know which way to turn. She … Read more

Where would-be hikers can go to learn to navigate the outdoors

Hikers who are new to trails and want to equip themselves with the knowledge and … Read more

On the right path: First half of Corvallis to the Sea Trail officially open

HARLAN — They skipped the ceremonial campfire in deference to the wildfires burning around the … Read more

Flash, bang and blood: Hiker tells harrowing lightning tale

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — There was no rain, no rumbling, no sign of danger before the … Read more

Heading south is a good plan for hikers

Three Sisters Wilderness inundated with smoke and closures during a busy fire season

While the Three Sisters Wilderness near Bend offers easily accessible trails that lead to some … Read more

What’s in your daypack?

One descriptive term in the lead of an Associated Press story about a search and … Read more

Hiker spends two years revising guide book

A Sandpoint, Idaho-area hiker devoted two years to revising a just released trail guidebook covering … Read more

New trail features spectacular mountain views

Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site opened in 2009

One of the most confounding things about Wallowa Lake, the most popular recreation destination in … Read more

Oregon mother, infant bond on trails to 50 waterfalls

EUGENE — As he nears his first birthday, Rowdy Briggs, a brown-eyed, chubby-cheeked towhead from … Read more

Hiker treks 750-mile Oregon Desert Trail in just 3 weeks

Renowned Seattle hiker Heather Anderson left Bend on May 15

Heather Anderson insisted that, this time, she would not be going for a record. “I’m … Read more

Wildflowers on display during a Gorge hike

May marks perfect time for scenic treat on eastern end of Columbia River Gorge

DALLESPORT, Washington — Could there be a billion showy yellow balsamroot blossoms scattered on the … Read more

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

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