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    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Rogue River Trail

    13 days ago

    Amazing trail! So much history and natural beauty. We did the hike over Memorial Day weekend and the trail was super busy. Normally, it's fairly quiet with lots of space to spread out. That being said, everyone we encountered was friendly and nice and we had no trouble finding a campsite each night. The trail is well marked and/or easy to follow. We only had a couple of places where the trail had been rerouted that gave us pause as to which way to go (mostly the switchbacks on the Foster Bar side). The trail varies quite a bit over the course of the 40 miles. There's grasslands, forested hillsides, rocky outcroppings, and flat-ish meadows to walk through. I think roller coaster is the best way to describe the trail. There is a lot of climbing up and then down. We're both in good shape, but were a bit sore and worn out by the end of the day. I had read that there were parts of the trail that are not good for people with a fear of heights (that's me), but I didn't have any trouble at any point along the trail. There are parts of the trail that are up high above the river, but they didn't feel dangerous or sketchy. All in all, a wonderful hike! Definitely recommend going in the cooler months and when the wildflowers are blooming. :)

    Jennifer McDaniel followed Amanda Huber

    about 1 month ago

    Jennifer McDaniel saved Windy Lakes Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Rogue River Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Big Tree Loop

    about 1 month ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Juniper Gulch Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Stunning! Amazing! Awesome! We completed Juniper Gulch on the last day of our 3 day Oregon Desert Trail Section 25 backpacking trip. Our group dropped in from the top (north) and hiked down the gulch to the trailhead. If you have it in you, I highly recommend hiking all the way to the top for an amazing view of the entire area. It's a steep climb out of the gulch, but absolutely worth it!

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Juniper Gulch Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Jennifer McDaniel saved Juniper Gulch Trail

    about 1 month ago

    Jennifer McDaniel followed Rebecca Robinson

    about 1 month ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Fort Rock Loop

    6 months ago

    Amazing! I've been wanting to visit Fort Rock for a few years now and finally made the trip. It was completely worth it and even better than I expected. We hiked around the exterior first. The trail is well established in some places and non-existent in other places. However it was easy enough to hike through the sagebrush when the trail disappeared and keep on track. Hiking around the outside of the formation was great. We could really see the rock up close and there was evidence that cows and other animals had taken shelter at the base of the rock. Since we were there in the winter, the wind was cold and fierce at times, coming in blasts across the open desert. But it made for amazing sound effects against the rock face. I've always loved the sound of the wind in the trees, but never heard it hum and moan against rock like it did on the north side of Fort Rock. So cool! As you complete the exterior trail, it leads right into the interior trail. We hiked to several of the view points to amazing views of the desert below. The wind was a bit less intense in the inside of the formation, but still gusty. The trail on the interior is by far better established and easier to hike. However, I enjoyed the rawness of the exterior trail better. All in all though, this is a beautiful and significant place to visit. I wish there had been a bit more information provided at the trail head regarding the rich history and amazing geology of this place. It's worth researching once you're back home and adds a lot of meaning to the experience.

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Fort Rock Loop

    7 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Golden and Silver Falls

    9 months ago

    Lovely little hikes. Not too difficult or taxing. Perfect place to get out of the summer coastal fog and enjoy a bit of warmer weather.

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Crack-in-the-Ground Trail

    9 months ago

    Wow! This is a crazy, amazing place! We didn't end up hiking the length of the inside of crack due to having doggo with us. However, we did go along the top rim trail and into each end a ways. This is definitely one worth stopping to see!

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Big Indian Gorge Trail

    9 months ago

    Beautiful trek! Well worth the effort to get there. The first bit of the trail out of the campground was the hardest (for me anyway). It's exposed and on a dry slope with a rocky trail. It looked like an old, disused Jeep road. But again, the views make it worth the effort despite the heat and rolling rocks on the trail. Once we reached the two mile mark, the trail dipped into a shady patch to the first creek crossing. It was a hot day, so it was great to get our feet wet. The trail followed the creek for a bit to another crossing and the remains of an old cabin. The trail through this section was very clear and easy to follow. At the third creek crossing, the path began to grow denser with sage brush. I would recommend long pants and was really happy to have a pair on. We hiked to 6.2 miles and felt that the trail was easy to follow and not all that overgrown. We had backpacked in with the intention to stay overnight if we found a good spot. However, when we reached Cottonwood Camp we decided not to stay. It's a lovely spot if you have it all to yourself, but open and that made it a bit too "communal" for us when we knew some other backpackers were coming up the trail behind us. There were a few other primitive campsites along the trail, but all were right on the trail and offered no privacy or solitude if anyone walked by. (I'm probably just picky about my campsites.) All in all, this was a great hike! While it is remote, we saw other people on the trail including those with horses. So, it seems to be a well used trail and I can see why.

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Jeffery Pine Loop Trail

    10 months ago

    I would recommend this hike in the Spring or early Summer. The water was pretty low when we went (August) and the falls were nearly non-existent. It was also hot and smokey from the forest fires, so that didn't really help with the experience. The trail is rocky and narrow at times, but still easily passable and not difficult. It's a pretty hike and I'll have another go later on. Maybe even in the winter.

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Babyfoot Lake Trail

    10 months ago

    Very nice little hike. It took quite a while to drive up to the trail head (about 45 minutes from HWY 199), but the views are stunning and the landscape is interesting. The actual hike is easy and short. The plant life is interesting with a lot of plants and trees that were new to me. And even though it was August, there were still wildflowers blooming and ripe Huckleberries and Thimbleberries. The trees that remain from the Biscuit Fire are a bit eerie, but also beautiful. I personally loved the silver trunks against the black burnt bark. At the lake, it was very quiet and still. And a lot cooler than the valley floor. I don't know that I would go to camp as it seems to be pretty popular and there were other people there the whole time we were. But all in all a beautiful place and worth a visit.

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Babyfoot Lake Trail

    10 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Heceta Head Lighthouse Trail

    11 months ago

    This stretch of coastline is so beautiful...good weather or bad.

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Lake Marie Trail

    11 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Lake Marie Trail

    11 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Bluebill Lake Trail

    11 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Cape Arago North Cove Trail

    11 months ago

    Beautiful place to watch the kelp sway in the waves, listen to the sea lions bark, and watch the sunset.

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed Cape Arago South Cove Trail

    11 months ago

    Beautiful little hike the beach and tidepools.

    Jennifer McDaniel reviewed South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

    11 months ago

    This is a beautiful area and I never get tired of exploring it.

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Seven Devils Beach

    11 months ago

    Jennifer McDaniel completed Humbug Mountain Trail

    11 months ago