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Mt. Hood

Trillium Lake Ducks

Made it to Mount Hood yesterday. Today’s photo is from a short hike (about 2 miles) around Trillium Lake. Three more days of hiking to go.

Fairy Ponds

The fabled fairy ponds of Lithia Park

Today’s photo comes from a little over five years ago. I rode through the Ashland watershed this past weekend–still as beautiful as ever.

Near Toketee Falls

Near Toketee Falls (Oregon)

Today’s photo comes from a short hike about 2 hours from Ashland. The end of the hike features this view.

Fall is in the air

Fall colors on the river

New SOU students are on campus, with returning students arriving over the next couple days. The Raider Family Barbecue happens at the stadium at 12:15 today. Unfortunately, all of the athletic teams are on the road this weekend.

We took a little trip this time of year last year, and that is where today’s photo comes from. This pic was taken near Toketee Falls.

North Umpqua River

Natural Bridge

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About two hours from Ashland, and not far from Crater Lake, is the trail to Toketee Falls. The trail to the falls offers views like the above.

Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint

Rogue River Gorge

On our way back from Crater Lake a couple weeks ago we stopped at the Rogue River Gorge Viewpoint where I took this photo. The parking lot is covered in snow this time of year so if you want to see the gorge you’ll want a good pair of shoes on so you can walk through a bit of snow to get to the paved trail. Park near Beckie’s Cafe.

Muir Creek Falls

Muir Creek Falls

After my first attempt ended in failure, I made it to Muir Creek Falls yesterday. No wonder there aren’t any photos or discussions of this place on the internet; the “easy” Muir Creek Trail is awful in its current condition. Parts of Muir Creek Trail are overgrown, parts have trees (many trees!) blocking the trail, and I completely lost the trail a few times.

After finally reaching the falls I decided not to go back the way I came. Instead I crossed the falls, via a fallen tree, to the other side. There is a house and barn on the other side. I became a bit freaked out, in part by an unrealized fear of some guy coming out of the house in the middle of nowhere and in part by the wild cows on the property. Instead of crossing through the property to get to road NF-2734 I opted to tough it out through the forest. Big mistake. I ran into more cows in the forest. Cows in the forest are scary. They never charged me, but they cursed me with their eyes, and I headed in the opposite direction. The forest terrain was very steep. I took a nasty fall at one point, did more bushwhacking than I would have liked, and ended up with blood trickling down hands, arms, and a leg.

I’m done visiting Muir Creek, but should you be so inclined, I have a few recommendations:
1) If taking Muir Creek Trail, be sure to have long pants on. Also, be sure you have the local map downloaded into your phone beforehand for offline use. GPS works out there, but there is no internet. Put the trail into your phone so you can find it when it disappears. Also, waterproof boots are a good idea as I ended up walking through 2-5″ of water several times.
2) Don’t try to get to Muir Creek from the east. The terrain is awful.
3) A possible easy route is via Road NF-2734. You’ll have to walk through the aforementioned property. I have no idea how often someone stays there or if they are friendly.

Lake of the Woods

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Lake of the Woods (June 2009)

Benham Falls

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Benham Falls (Sunriver, Oregon)

A nice walk or bike ride from Sunriver, Benham Falls is an atypical waterfall.

Happening today in Ashland

Women's Rugby in Prom Dresses with sprinklers on

No guarantee of sprinklers this year

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