No Name Lake is a gem of the Central Oregon Cascades

Six-mile trek near Broken Top offers incredible alpine scenery

High atop a ridge above sparkling-green No Name Lake, the views are never-ending. Any direction … Read more

Hiking to Benson Lake/Scott Mountain

Trail is one of many options near McKenzie Pass

McKenzie Pass is a veritable treasure trove for hikers seeking high-mountain scenery in the form … Read more

Strawberry Mountain Wilderness near John Day is ideal for a few days of camping and hiking

About a four-hour drive east of Bend, the area offers many hiking trails with alpine scenery and high lakes

PRAIRIE CITY — Oregon is so brimming with incredible wild places for camping and hiking … Read more

Hiking to Sisters Mirror Lake

The relatively easy 8-mile trek in the Three Sisters Wilderness is a good hike with kids

The Cascade Lakes Highway corridor west of Bend is so choked with hiking options, sometimes … Read more

Hiking Black Butte

The 1,600-foot climb includes panoramic views of the Cascades and Central Oregon

As trails with peak views go, hikers might get some of the most bang for … Read more

The North Fork Trail is one of many hiking areas in Central Oregon that are ideal for kids

Other options include Shevlin Park, the Deschutes River Trail and the West Metolius River Trail

Sometimes friends and family members say things about my ­­ 8-year-old daughter that simply drive … 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

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

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

Cross-country ski trip to Todd Lake is ideal winter getaway

Route from Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center to the lake allows skiers to escape the crowds

MOUNT BACHELOR — Even in the middle of the holiday hustle and bustle at Mt. … Read more

Fishing Ochoco Creek

Flowing through the heart of Prineville, Ochoco Creek is not the typical fly fisherman’s paradise. … Read more

Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center

Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center is a tipping-off point for a variety of cross-country ski adventures. … Read more

Hiking at Newberry caldera

Paulina Peak and other features make the monument an ideal hiking destination in the early fall

NEWBERRY NATIONAL VOLCANIC MONUMENT — Sure, you can drive all the way to the top … Read more

Camping and hiking in Northern California’s Lassen Volcanic National Park

About 5 hours from Bend, the park is brimming with alpine views and volcanic activity

LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — From the summit of Lassen Peak, we took in … Read more

Hiking Canyon Creek Meadows near Three Fingered Jack

Canyon Creek Meadows hike allows for up-close views of Three Fingered Jack, diverse array of wildlife

The rocky, exposed trail became increasingly steep as we worked our way up toward the … Read more

Hiking Tumalo Mountain

Tumalo Mountain is perhaps more known to Central Oregon locals as a wintertime destination, where … Read more

Fishing Lava Lake

At Lava Lake, it’s all about the numbers. Sure, big fish can be found at … Read more

Tumalo Mountain good for a summer family hike

Popular wintertime destination a nice summer option, too

DUTCHMAN FLAT SNO-PARK — Tumalo Mountain is perhaps more known to Central Oregon locals as … Read more

Mountain biking at Cultus Lake

Mountain bikers have a number of trail options this summer near Cultus Lake, a popular … Read more

Fishing the Fall River

Starting from rushing springs, the Fall River flows northeast for 8 miles through pine forest … Read more

Hiking to Carl Lake

With snow still blocking many trails at about 6,000 feet, hikers are facing a two- … Read more

Fishing North Twin Lake

North Twin Lake has been stocked with rainbow trout, and the latest report from the … Read more

With many trails under snow, try the hike to Carl Lake

A deep blue lake in the lightly traveled Mount Jefferson Wilderness

With snow still blocking many trails at about 6,000 feet, hikers are facing a two- … Read more

Biking the Middle Fork Trail

Barely half a foot wide in certain places, the 30-mile-long Middle Fork of the Willamette … Read more

Hiking Scott Mountain

Scott Mountain Loop

The Scott Mountain Loop provides the satisfaction of summiting a peak. Though at just 6,116 … Read more

Fishing at Paulina Lake

Anglers have a chance to catch a variety of species on Paulina Lake east of … Read more

Kayaking on Hosmer Lake

Hosmer Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the Cascades for kayaking. The … Read more

Paddleboarding on Elk Lake

Elk Lake is probably the most popular lake in Central Oregon for stand-up paddleboarding, but … Read more

Fishing the Middle Deschutes

While access can be challenging in the many steep canyon areas of the Middle Deschutes, … Read more

Biking at La Pine State Park

La Pine State Park, which covers more than 2,000 acres in southwest Deschutes County, is … Read more

Fishing at South Twin Lake

Frequent stockings of rainbow trout make South Twin Lake a popular place to fish. The … Read more

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