ExplOregon: Hiking and Adventure

Featured Hike: Twin Lakes (& Some Lessons About Wildfires)

With summer coming to a close, we will soon be wrapping up our series of featured hikes from our new hiking guide: Oregon’s Ancient Forests. But before we go, we have to share this lovely hike to Twin Lakes in the Umpqua National Forest. The Twin Lakes area offers a sampling of the best of the region: spectacular wildflower meadows, mountain views, and ancient forests recovering from a 2017 fire.

Making the Most of Your Ancient Forest Hike

For today’s weekly featured hike, we won’t be sharing a specific trail, but rather we are sharing some tips for making the most of your hike from Oregon Wild staffer and author Chandra LeGue. Chandra is a hiking expert and her tips can apply to any hike.

Featured Hike: Fifteenmile Creek Hike

We are back again with a weekly featured hike to inspire your summer adventures and share what our new book, Oregon’s Ancient Forests: A Hiking Guide, has to offer. Today we are returning to the Mt. Hood National Forest to share the Fifteenmile Creek hike. It is a longer and more difficult choice, but this hike features an incredibly diverse array of old-growth trees and is an awesome outing for your day off.

Featured Hike: Cape Perpetua Gwynn Creek Loop

Cape Perpetua Gwynn Creek Loop - The Hike:
Distance: 6.4 mile loop
Difficulty: Difficult
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet

First, Some Background:

Featured Hike: Kentucky Falls Trail

Today, we are presenting to you Kentucky Falls (no, not the haircut), located west of Eugene in the Siuslaw National Forest in Oregon’s Central Coast Range. This out-and-back hike takes you through ancient Douglas-fir forests to three incredible waterfalls. 


Featured Hike: Opal Creek

*Please note that this hike is no longer accessible due to the Beachie Creek Fire of 2020.*

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