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100 Hikes/Travel Guide: NW Oregon & SW Washington, 4th Edition (c)2016, 2015, 2014. (Next printing with updates will be in April 2017. If you are using the 3rd Edition, you will find many of the hike numbers have been changed.)
-- #1 Warrior Rock -- Parking permits for Sauvie Island are now $10 per day or $30 per year. To find the viewpoint of St. Helens at the northernmost tip of Sauvie Island, walk north along the beach from the lighthouse only 200 yards to a small concrete artillery platform. Turn inland to the left here on a small service road for 100 yards to a T-shaped road junction. The route back to your car is to the left, but first walk to the right along the old road 0.3 mile to the viewpoint at the tip of Sauvie Island. On your way back to the car, stick to the road, because the cow paths leading inland are overgrown.
-- #2 Aerial Tram & Council Crest -- Parking at the Zoo is now $1.60 per hour. The aerial tram no longer runs on Sundays.
-- #4 Maple Trail -- As of April 2014, a bridge has washed out on the Maple Trail just south of the viewpoint on Firelane #4. It is possible to cross the creek here anyway, but the official detour now does an awkward zigzag. From the 4-way intersection near the viewpoint (now labeled as Fireroad #4), you are supposed to go up to the paved Leif Erikson trail, turn left 1/4 mile to the next trail downhill (the Koenig Trail), and then continue on the Maple Trail south to Leif Erikson again. The parks department will probably replace this bridge, and in the meantime, adventurous hikers can probably ignore the detour and cross the creek anyway.
-- #10 Powell Butte -- Some trails have been renamed and relocated following the reservoir construction project that was completed in 2015. As before, start by following the paved Mountain View Trail to the summit. The Orchard Loop Trail is now Summit Lane. Once you are at the "Mountain Finder" viewpoint at Powell Butte's summit, continue on Summit Lane on a loop by keeping right at junctions for 0.8 mile until you reach a large gravel 4-way junction near the start of the loop. Turn right if you are ready to return to your car. For another mile-long loop, however, turn left on the Douglas Fir Trail (previously the Mt. Hood Trail). After half a mile, turn right on the Cedar Grove Trail and keep right for half a mile back to the summit meadow and the route back to your car. Pipeline Lane, the road/trail around the north side of the reservoir site, reopened in late 2015, now that construction of the new reservoir is complete.
-- #13 Champoeg Heritage Area -- The log cabin museum has been moved away from the eroding riverbank to avoid falling into the Willamette. It is now part of a new Newell Pioneer Village, a complex of historic buildings maintained by the Daughters of the American Revolution on Champoeg Road 0.1 mile west of the state park entrance. This excellent little museum complex is open Friday-Sunday from March through October. Pay your admission at the log cabin. The required guided tour takes you to the relocated Butteville schoolhouse and jail, and the 1852 Robert Newell house, where exhibits include gowns from Oregon's first ladies and baskets from Oregon tribes.
-- #17 Silver Star Mountain -- Dogs must now be on leash. Also, the final road junction before you reach the trailhead is confusing. After you have driven on Road 1100 for 6.6 miles you will reach what appears to be a fork, but is in fact a 4-way junction. Here turn sharply to the right on Road 4109 for 2.5 rough miles to the trailhead.
-- #19 Siouxon Creek -- The bridge just before Chinook Creek Falls has been replaced, so it is crossable without worry.
-- #20 Coldwater Lake -- The Coldwater Visitor Center, closed for years, has been renamed the Science and Learning Center at Coldwater. It is open only in summer, and only for special programs and as a rental space.
-- #23 Ape Cave -- A 0.8-mile, above-ground viewpoint trail from Ape Headquarters has been completed, giving hikers the option of hiking to a viewpoint of Mt. St. Helens, If you've brought kids who need to run, this is a better place to do it, because it isn't possible underground. The new path gains 400 feet of elevation, climbing northwest from the Ape Headquarters parking lot along overgrown logging roads, past an old quarry. The trail ends at a switchback of the paved one-lane Road 8303, so it would be possible for wheelchair users to park here and go just 100 feet on an all-accessible portion of the trail to the viewpoint.
-- #24 Mt. St. Helens Rim -- The permits for climbing Mt. St. Helens are no longer picked up at the Lone Fir Resort in Cougar. In winter, from November 1 to March 31, you simply fill out a free, unlimited permit at the Marble Mountain Sno-park. The rest of the year you must buy your permit online at www.mshinstitute.com. It costs $22 and is limited to 100 people a day. Because the year's signups begin February 1 most weekends are likely to be already full.
-- #27 Lava Canyon -- If you plan to shuttle car to the lower trailhead on gravel Road 8322, be warned that it has become so rough that some passenger cars choose to turn back.
-- # 28 Windy Ridge -- The proposed trail to the crater viewpoint above Loowit Falls will probably not be built, both because of a lack of funds and because of concern that the crater area should be reserved for scientific research. In the winter of 2014-15, staff at Mt. St. Helens were still debating whether to build a trail that would climb from the Loowit Trail at Big Spring for 1 mile to a knoll overlooking Loowit Falls and the volcano's crater. Those opposed said the new trail would encourage people to break the law by continuing on into the dangerous crater area or up the east ridge to the summit. If people were to be injured or lost there, rescue would be very difficult. Those favoring the new trail argued that the volcano is calm enough that a new North Climb Route should be opened. It appears that the "no trail" faction has won.
-- #31 Lewis River Falls -- A trail washout just downstream from Middle Falls now requires a detour on the half-mile-longer loop uphill past Copper Creek Falls for this middle section of the trail.
-- #32-36 -- The Bridge of the Gods now charges a $2 toll instead of $1 for cars to cross the Columbia River at Cascade Locks.
-- #37 Sleeping Beauty -- Disregard the comment "(from Road 5800)" in the information block. The hike has only one trailhead (on Road 040). And the trailhead parking area has been expanded, so it now has room for more cars.
-- #38 Mount Adams Meadows -- The Cougar Creek Fire of August 2015 burned across the road to the Bird Creek Meadows trailhead on the Yakama reservation. That road was still closed in August 2016, so the only access to Bird Creek Meadows is the longer hiking route via the South Climb Trailhead. The fire burned spottily throughout the meadows. The trails there may not have been cleared, so access to Hellroaring Viewpoint and Sunrise Camp is for adventurers only.
-- #41 Beacon Rock -- The switchbacking trail up Beacon Rock itself closed after a November 2015 windstorm felled trees across the route, but it is expected to reopen by July of 2016. Meanwhile, you can now use a credit card to pay for your Discover Pass, but only at the Beacon Rock Trailhead by the rock on Highway 14.
-- #42 Aldrich Butte & Table Mountain -- The ONLY legal trailhead for this hike is now the Bonneville Trailhead (also for the Pacific Crest Trail) on Highway 14, next to Bonneville Dam. This access to Table Mountain and Aldrich Butte adds 3 miles to the hike, each way. The old trailhead at Bonneville Hot Springs is NOT open to the public as of January 2017. The hotel has been sold to Foundations Recovery Network, an addiction treatment company from Tennessee. The new owners have gated the area for construction, and probably will keep it gated. The undeveloped "Aldrich Mountain Trailhead" a mile south of Bonneville Hot Springs, off Shelley Lane, is also off-limits. It is on land that was purchased by Pete Kamm. He posted No Trespassing signs there in the summer of 2016, after 30 cars parked haphazardly on the BPA road, under the powerline, and on his property. Meanwhile, the Bonneville Trails Foundation is partnering with the new owners of the Bonneville Hot Springs resort in the hopes of establishing a new trailhead somewhere in the community of North Bonneville. Because this route would cross private land and land managed by a variety of public agencies, the new trailhead is unlikely to open before 2020, and possibly several years later than that. So plan on starting at the PCT Trailhead! And be aware that the Bridge of the Gods now charges a $2 toll.
-- #46 Multnomah & Wahkeena Falls -- A $5 shuttle bus from the Gateway Transfer Center in East Portland to Rooster Rock and Multnomah Falls opened in 2016, offering 12 trips a day from May through September. It is a two-year test project, so funding is uncertain after 2017, but it has been so popular that it is likely to continue. Meanwhile, the Wahkeena Falls Trailhead reopened in March 2015 after construction work, as did the 0.8-mile "Return Trail" between the Multnomah Falls Lodge and Wahkeena Falls.
-- #49 Elowah Falls -- The trail to Elowah Falls is still open, but the trail beyond to Upper McCord Creek Falls was closed by a landslide in March 2016. It should reopen by the fall of 2016, after repair work is completed.
-- #51 Eagle Creek -- The footbridge over Tish Creek, just beyond Punchbowl Falls, has washed out. Until it is replaced, probably in September 2016, the Forest Service recommends that hikers turn back at Punchbowl Falls.
-- #52 Ruckel Creek -- If you are headed up Ruckel Ridge, note that the "Buck Point" sign is missing. After you have hiked up the Gorge Trail 0.2 mile to the fenceline beside the Eagle Creek Campground, simply turn right through the campground to campsite #5 and s to the right, where the Buck Point Trail to Ruckel Ridge begins.
-- #55 Mount Defiance -- A new paved section of the historic Columbia River Highway has been reopened for hikers/bikers/equestrians from Starvation Creek Exit 55 west to Lindsey Creek 1.2 miles. An additional 3.3-mile section west to Wyeth Exit 55 will open in 2018. The new bike path changes the Mt. Defiance hike slightly. Follow the bike path 0.8 mile and turn left 100 feet to a circular stone patio with a view of Hole in the Wall Falls. Continue toward the falls, cross the creek on a footbridge, and follow the Starvation Ridge Trail 0.1 mile uphill to its junction with the Mount Defiance Trail under a powerline.
-- #59 Dog Mountain -- Parking has always been tight at this popular trailhead. When police began limiting parking at the trailhead in 2016, people began parking up to half a mile away and walking along the highway to the trailhead, which is not a happy choice. A shuttle bus to the trailhead ceased operation in 2016 because of low ridership. Call 541-296-2266 or check www.gorgetransit.com for details.
-- #60 Coyote Wall -- The trailhead was upgraded and expanded in early 2015. Now when you turn off Highway 14 onto Courtney Road, you turn RIGHT into a large, new paved parking lot with an information kiosk and a restroom.
-- #61 Catherine Creek -- Parking at the gated road to the Indian Pits is no longer allowed. Walk there in from the official Catherine Creek parking area, either along the highway (not recommended) or on the old road/trail system across the plateau above the highway.
-- #62 Lyle Cherry Orchard -- The Friends of the Columbia Gorge have begun work on a trail that will connect the plateau trail junction with a new trailhead in the town of Lyle itself.
-- #63 Klickitat Rail Trail -- This trail is still open and public! If you see a sign claiming that a 2014 Supreme Court ruling closed this old railroad right-of-way to the public, ignore it. The Washington attorney general has ruled that the case does not apply here. You may also be talked at by the squatters who illegally built homes here in the 1980s. These people do not own land and do not pay taxes. They have not harmed hikers, but they occasionally harass hikers in the hopes that the squatters can claim the land by default. Ignore them politely. The trail is public.
-- #71 Ramona Falls -- The seasonal footbridge across the Sandy River a mile from the Ramona Falls Trailhead washed out unexpectedly in August, 2014, resulting in a fatality. The bridge was not replaced in 2014, and now the Forest has decided not to replace it at all, for liability reasons. There are unofficial crossing sites in the area on logs, but they differ each year, and all of them are less safe than the Forest Service's seasonal bridge would have been. Cross at your own risk, and then continue on the maintained trail on the far shore.
-- #72 McNeil Point -- The unofficial loop trail around Bald Mountain has now been signed by the Forest Service as the "Cutoff Trail." When you are hiking the Timberline Trail to the right around Bald Mountain's viewpoint meadows, you don't need to count steps or check a GPS. Just watch for the "Cutoff Trail" sign to the left. And certainly don't wait to find a stock gate that blocks horses. That gate has been removed.
-- #76 Mirror Lake -- The Forest Servie plans to relocate the trailhead in 2018. The new parking lot, next to the Ski Bowl, will have room for 50 cars. A connector trail from the new parking lot to the old trail will add 1 mile to the hike in each direction.
-- #80 Umbrella Falls -- The trail sign is fallen that marked the turnoff to Sahalie Falls. When you hike this loop, listen for the sound of the waterfall and look for the concrete bridge down through the trees to the right to find the steep, scrambly side trail down to the historic highway bridge.
-- #83/84 Cooper Spur/Elk Cove -- The Timberline Trail has been closed between these hikes for years because glacial floods reamed out the Eliot Branch creek crossing, but a new crossing is being planned in 2015. It should be built in 2016, allowing the Timberline Trail to reopen in 2017. The new crossing will detour downhill, adding 2.5 miles to the Timberline Trail and additional elevation loss/gain. The Eliot Branch will either be spanned by a temporary footbridge (replaced at the start of each summer) or be crossed by having hikers hop across on rocks. For details, contact Claire Pinter of the Hood River Ranger District.
#87 -- Fret Creek & Oval Lake -- About 100 blowdown trees were across the trail along Fret Creek to Oval Lake and out to Flat Point in early July of 2016. Hikers can step over the trees, but it is tiring. The Forest Service is low on manpower to clear trails such as this, and are looking for volunteers who are willing to train for the service.
-- #90 Memaloose Lake -- A wildfire in September 2014 overswept the access road to this hike (Road 45), making the road unstable. The Forest Service has closed Road 45 near the junction with Highway 224 for two years until they can make repairs. They expect it will reopen by the summer of 2017. Until then, the only access to Memaloose Lake is from the west. To find this confusing, arduous alternate route from Estacada, drive 4 miles south on Highway 211, turn left on Hillockburn Road through Dodge. In another 5 miles this route becomes Road 45. Another 15 miles, largely on gravel, brings you to the Memaloose Lake trailhead.
-- #92 Fish Creek Mountain -- When driving up the Clackamas River on Highway 224, the turnoff to the Indian Henry Campground is just before the fourth green bridge, not the third. Also, in August 2014, a dozen trees were down across the upper part of the trail, and three large trees were down across the side trail to High Lake.
-- #95 Bagby Hot Springs -- In the off-season from about November to April, and whenever a uniformed employee is not at the trailhead, the private concessionaire has self-pay envelopes at the trailhead (instead of wristbands) where you can pay the $5-per-person fee to use the hot springs. Parking is always free for hikers who do not intend to soak.
-- #100 Jefferson Park Ridge -- The detour to Pyramid Butte has become much less fun since a 2010 fire burned the forest there. The section of the old Skyline Trail to Pyramid Butte is findable but unmaintained, blocked by downed logs. The same fire destroyed the footbridge 0.6 mile from the Breitenbush Trailhead that used to mark the fork for the Skyline Trail loop. Fortunately the PCT is still quite nice in this area, so follow it straight up to Park Ridge.
Backpacking campsite reservations for the 30 posted legal lakeside campsites in Jeff Park became available online at www.recreation.gov for $6 (not per night, but rather per site), starting in 2016. Sites that are more than 250 feet from a lakeshore would not be affected by the reservation system or by any limit.
-- #155 Rainy Lake -- The driving directions are fine until the end. Instead of ending "continue on gravel Road 2820 for 1.5 miles," you need to "continue on gravel Road 2820 for 11 miles to a fork. Veer right for 0.2 mile to reach Rainy Lake. If you veer left to stay on Road 2820 for a mile you will be at Black Lake."
-- #157 Hood River Mountain -- The SDS Lumber Company which owns the trail system here replaced the popular 0.9-mile trail from the Pass to the Summit with an active logging road in April 2015. Bulldozers flattened the mountain's summit viewpoint for use as a log-yarding deck. This is private land, so this is their right. The new logging road is closed to the public during the operation, but is likely to reopen for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians within a year. The summit and road itself will recover somewhat with time. Meanwhile, the trails along the ridge south of the summit are still intact and open to the public, so you can start your tour at the gated road to the radio tower instead.
-- #170 Timberline Trail -- The Eliot Branch crossing may reopen in 2017 with a 2.5-mile detour. See Hike #83/84 above.
-- #187 Eagle Creek (Clackamas) -- The trailhead may be closed by a gate, and certainly has warning signs that the access road crosses private timberland, and the timber company wants you to pay hundreds of dollars a year for an access permit. It is unclear whether the company has the right to do this, because the Forest Service may in fact have a right-of-way to this trailhead.
-- #195 Whetstone Mountain -- Road 7030 is overgrown and washed-out, so take a different route to the trailhead. From the Bagby Hot Springs trailhead, continue west on paved Road 70 for a mile, turn left on gravel Road 7020 for 7 miles, and turn left on the short spur Road 028 to the Whetstone Mountain Trailhead.
-- #205 Fish and Si Lakes -- The final 0.7 mile of Road 120 to the lower easy trailhead has been blocked by a ditch and a berm, although high clearance vehicles can drive around it.
100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades, 4th Edition (c)2016, 2015, 2014. (Next reprint with updates: April 2017).
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Sisters -- "Bronco Billy's Ranch Grill & Saloon" has fortunately been renamed the "Sisters Saloon & Ranch Grill," which is much closer to the original 1912 name, the Sisters Hotel.
Hot Springs -- Terwilliger Hot Springs has raised its fee from $5 to $6.
-- #1 Ankeny Wildlife Refuge -- Jogging is now banned on the trails here because it disturbs the birds. The Salem chapter of the Audubon Society is planning to build a nature center and educational building on Ankeny Hill Road, a mile or so north of the refuge trailheads, perhaps in 2017.
-- #2 Silver Falls -- If you're driving to Silver Falls from the south, take I-5 exit #253 and drive 5 miles (not 10 miles) east on North Santiam Highway 22 to a sign for Silver Falls Park. Then turn left on Highway 214 to the park.
-- #3 Shellburg Falls -- The Salem Chemeketans are building a new section of trail in the summer of 2016 that connects the August Mtn Trail with the Shellburg Falls Trail so you don't have to hike the road for 0.3 mile near the end of the loop. This section bypasses the side trail to the Stassel Falls overlook.
-- #6 Opal Creek -- The "Planned Trail" for 0.6 mile along the north side of Opal Creek upstream from Jawbone Flats was completed in 2014. The Forest Service now encourages hikers to cross the river at the bridge just beyond Sawmill Falls, hike 1.4 miles to Opal Pool, cross Opal Creek, and hike up the creek on the far shore. The old trail upstream from Opal Pool along the southwest shore has been abandoned, and hikers are discouraged to use it.
-- #7 Dome Rock and Tumble Lake -- If you are driving to the upper trailhead on Road 2223, note that the trailhead sign is gone, and now the POST is gone as well, but if are watching, the trail itself is clear enough on the left.
-- #13 Browder Ridge -- The sign for the "Heart Lake Trail" near the summit may be missing, but the trail junction is clear enough.
-- #16 House Rock -- The washed-out bridge from House Rock Campground across the South Santiam River was finally replaced in June 2014, so if you like, you can now start your hike at the campground. From there, the loop to the falls and the House Rock cave is only 0.8 mile.
-- #17 (now #115) Rooster Rock -- Trees have grown up to block most views from the old lookout site, and no boards remain from the cabin itself.
-- #21 Jefferson Park -- Dogs are banned at Scout Lake, but not elsewhere in the area.
Backpacking campsite reservations for the 30 posted legal lakeside campsites in Jeff Park may be available online at www.recreation.gov for $9 (not per night, but rather per site), starting in 2016. Sites that are more than 250 feet from a lakeshore would not be affected by the reservation system or by any limit.
-- #24 Marion Lake -- The trail to Marion Lake is fine, but if you're going to Marion Mountain, expect some blowdown and missing signs. The signs at trail junctions are on trees that have fallen down, and a dozen or more blowdown trees have not yet been cleared on the route, as of July 2013. On the other hand, the Pine Lakes Trail from Camp Pioneer to Marion Lake may have the richest huckleberry harvest anywhere in the Cascades.
-- #26 Three Fingered Jack -- The difficult 11.7-mile loop via Martin Lake has become much more difficult because of the B&B wildfire, and is no longer recommended for hikers. It is still feasible to bushwhack down from the PCT 0.4 mile to Martin Lake, but the "clear trail" at the far east end of the lake has not been maintained. Fallen burned logs make the 0.5-mile route from Martin Lake to the Booth Lake trail arduous and confusing -- suitable only for adventurers.
-- Patjens Lakes -- Nearly all of this trail was overswept by a 2011 wildfire, so it has been relegated to the "More Hikes" section at the back of the book until the woods look greener. The area around the lakes themselves was spared by the fire.
-- #29 Black Butte -- The Forest Service claims that the historic, scenic log cabin near the summit of Black Butte has deteriorated so badly that it should be removed rather than restored or allowed to deteriorate on its own. Incredible! This 2016 decision by the USFS invites protest.
-- #30 Whychus Creek & Canyon -- The "Private" sign on Goodrich Road has been removed. This sign once incorrectly suggested that the public road access to the Deschutes Land Trust's Whychus Canyon Preserve was private. Be aware, however, that private land borders the road on either side, so use this road only to access the approved parking area. Additional trailhead access to the area is planned.
-- #34 Smith Rock -- A new trail section now makes it easier to hike a grand 6.9-mile loop around the perimeter of the park, getting the area's best views along the way. From the trailhead, hike 0.4 mile down to the Crooked River, cross the bridge, and turn upstream to the right 1.1 mile up to the Canal. Turn left on the Burma Road 0.7 mile to a pass. Following a pointer for the Summit Trail, take a newly rebuilt path down the ridgecrest 2 miles to the Crooked River at the balancing rocks, and continue upriver 0.3 mile to the trail junction by a house-sized rock below Monkey Face. Then keep right along the river trail 2.1 miles back to the bridge.
-- #35 Shevlin Park -- The road to Fremont Meadow is gated closed from about August to March, so most of the year you will have to park at the park's entrance and hike the longer 4.7-mile loop.
-- #45 Obsidian Trail -- The trails along Glacier Creek at Sunshine meadow were closed in 2014, and new trails have been built avoiding the fragile meadow area. The route of the PCT in this area remains unchanged. If you are hiking the counterclockwise loop to Sunshine described in the book, follow the PCT north from Obsidian Falls 1.4 miles to Sunshine's meadow (where there now is no junction at all). Then turn around, backtrack 0.1 mile south on the PCT, and turn right on a new section of trail that leads down Glacier Creek's valley 0.7 mile to the White Branch meadow and the return route to your car. If you are climbing Middle Sister, do not bushwhack up Glacier Creek on the old, closed trail from Sunshine. Instead take the PCT south 0.4 mile to the top of the plateau, where an obvious climbers' trail heads east toward Middle Sister.
-- #53 Park Meadow -- Near Park Meadow the trail traverses woods burned by a 2012 wildfire.
-- #64 Sahalie and Koosah Falls -- The single-log footbridge pictured in the book will be replaced with a glue-lam bridge in September 2015. The bridge is 0.4 mile above Sahalie Falls and 0.3 mile below the Highway 126 crossing. The Forest Service plans to manage the bridge replacement process so hikers will be inconvenienced only for a few weeks.
-- #67 Horsepasture Mountain -- This trailhead became more difficult to access in June 2013 when a landslide closed Road 1993 on a steep slope part of the way between Horse Creek Road 2638 and the trailhead. The Forest Service has signed an alternate route to the trailhead, but it's 11 miles longer, mostly on gravel. To find it from Highway 126 at McKenzie Bridge, follow Horse Creek Road 2638 for 8.6 miles (including 9 miles of gravel). At a pointer marked "Horse Pasture Trailhead 11", turn right on gravel Road 356 for 5.2 miles uphill to a T-shaped junction. Then turn right on Road 1993 for 7.6 mostly paved miles to the Horsepasture Trailhead on the left.
-- #71 Castle Rock -- The charming oak sign pictured in the book has been replaced with a nearly identical sign made of ugly plastic, in keeping with Forest Service rules for signs that are not in designated Wilderness.
-- #74 Spencer Butte -- The trail at the summit of this peak is being upgraded in the summer 2015 so hikers no longer have to scramble, use their hands, or wonder about route-finding.
-- #78 Mount June -- The driving route from Eugene described in the book is unchanged, but a less-traveled access route from Cottage Grove temporarily closed in January 2016 when storms washed out Road 1751 at the 5-mile mark. Driving access from Cottage Grove was rerouted west onto neighboring Road 1721 until the washout could be repaired, probably by summer 2016.
-- #80 Patterson Mountain -- The Patterson Mountain trailhead is now marked, but with a large sign that reads "Lawler Trail Trailhead." This is the correct trailhead. The hike to Patterson Mountain follows the Lawler Trail for 0.7 mile. Then the Lawler Trail forks to the right. Keep left on the trail that passes Lone Wolf Shelter en route to Patterson Mountain.
-- #82 Chuckle Springs -- The 2010 fire in this area has left some side trails so full of deadfall that they are unusable, although the main Middle Fork Trail is fine. After hiking 1.1 mile toward Chuckle Springs, turn left at a "Middle Fork Trail" sign and keep left for 0.3 mile to the springs. Return as you came, because the loop path is overgrown. If you add the optional 0.4-mile hike downstream along the Middle Fork Trail to Cliff Springs, you'll be pleased to find that the footbridge over Indigo Creek (and three other nearby footbridges) were replaced in 2016.
-- #89 Lillian Falls -- The access road for Lillian Falls (Road 2421) was blocked with a mud-and-rock slide one mile before the Black Creek Trailhead in March 2015. Two new culverts are needed. Fortunately, the extra mile of hiking is not unpleasant on this shady forest lane in the deep woods. But you should also note that the final 8.2 miles of gravel Road 2421 are now so rough and potholed that it is a slow drive, not recommended for low-clearance vehicles. Brush crowds the road, so this is not a trip for shiny new cars.
-- #93 Rosary Lakes -- The Willamette Pass ski area suspended the operation of its summer gondola in 2016. No word yet on whether it will reopen in future years. In the meantime, plan to hike the PCT to Rosary Lakes and points beyond.
-- #96 Fawn Lake -- The trail to Pretty Lake is still a bit faint in places, but it has been maintained, and the junction with the Fawn Lake Trail is signed.
-- #105 French Creek Ridge -- This trail has become brushy and unmaintained, suitable only for adventurers.
-- #107 Gold Butte Lookout -- A small correction to the driving directions: "From Hwy 22 in Detroit, take Breitenbush Rd 46 for 4.4 mi, fork left on Rd 4696 for 0.7 mi, fork left again on Rd 4697 for 4.7 mi to a saddle, turn right on Rd 451 for 0.1 mi, and park at a junction."
-- #117 Falls Creek. When you turn off Highway 20 at milepost 46, the road you will be traveling is Road 2032, not 2031. Drive Road 2032 for 5 miles to reach the trailhead.
-- #122 Jeff Park via South Breitenbush -- This is the longest route to Jeff Park, so it is the quietest. In 2016 the Forest Service plans to rebuild and reroute 4 miles of this 6.2-mile trail. The resulting trail should be much easier and even more scenic.
-- #124b Bingham Ridge -- OK, this old route into the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness on a ridge between Pamelia Lake and Marion Lake was so rough and faint that I didn't even include it in the book. But in 2014 the Forest Service rebuilt it, adding a switchback at the start the eliminates a steep scramble route and adds a mile in length. The resulting trail is much friendlier and more scenic. although it still leads to a lakeless edge of the Wilderness.
-- #124c Swallow Lake Trail -- Here's another semi-abandoned backwoods route in the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness that the Forest Service is planning to reopen and upgrade in 2016. The route climbs from the old Oregon Skyline Trail west of Marion Lake to the Pacific Crest Trail at South Cinder Peak, making possible several nice loop options for backpackers.
-- #128 Maxwell Butte -- Blowdown trees again plagued this trail in August 2016. It remains hikable, and it is likely to be cleared in the future.
-- #131 Patjens Lakes -- The driving directions say to keep left when in doubt, but it's better to keep to the paved road until you find the trailhead sign.
-- #133 Round and Square Lakes -- The driving directions are OK until the end. When you turn left on Road 1210, follow this gravel road for 5.7 miles and then turn right for 0.5 mile to find the poorly marked trailhead.
-- #145 Chush Falls -- A wildfire in September 2012 burned through this area. Because the canyon itself is protected by cliffs and a damp microclimate, many trees near the waterfalls survived. The new trailhead for this hike is one mile along Road 600, where boulders and logs have been placed to barricade the road. From there you hike 1.5 miles to the old trailhead, and continue on the old trail 1 mile to Chush Falls.
-- #171 Hardesty Mountain, upper trailhead -- A washout on Road 550 limits access to high-clearance vehicles. And note that the summit of this mountain is overgrown, so there are no views.
-- #172 Gold Point -- This delightful trail was maintained in December 2013. The hike is 0.3 mile longer than listed because the access road has been barricaded. To drive there from the Fall Creek Trailhead (Hike #74), drive 5.8 miles upriver, turn right on Rd 1825 for 2.7 miles, then fork left on Road 1835 for half a mile. Park and walk left past a barricade up (unmarked) Road 220 for 0.3 mile to the trail.
-- #176 Deception Butte upper trailhead -- This upper part of the trail closed after the Deception Fire of 2014, which left the danger of landslides and falling snags. The upper trail remained closed in 2015, and may stay closed for several years.
100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range, 4th Edition (c)2016. (Next reprint with updates, April 2018)
-- #10 Tillamook Head -- Hikers have beaten out a detour path above a landslide that hit the trail 1.5 miles south of Seaside in early 2016. Meanwhile, the viewing platform at the Ecola picnic area was destroyed by a landslide in November 2015. Park staff expect to build a new platform nearby soon.
-- #28 Miller Woods -- A new numbering system has been added to the trail marker posts, so the recommended hike now starts at post #1, and continues to post #14, 13, 12, and so on back to 1. The recommended loop trail around the preserve's perimeter also has two new switchbacks, increasing the loop mileage by 0.2 mile.
-- #31 Whalen Island -- Just a mile southwest of Whalen Island, the new 357-acre Sitka Sedge State Natural Area was purchased by the state in 2014. Once threatened by development as a private golf course, the property includes a mile of ocean beach, dunes, coastal forest, the south sand spit at the mouth of Sand Lake, and a large estuary crossed by a dike. Drive the paved Sand Lake Road (aka Three Capes Loop) south of Whalen Island 1 mile or north of Pacific City 4 miles. A parking area and official trailhead is expected to open in 2017 or 2018, but 4.5 miles of trails are already hikable.
-- #55 Yachats & Amanda Trail -- A flood in early 2016 washed out the footbridge beside the Amanda statue, and swept away the concrete statue itself. The private landowners who donated this right-of-way for the Oregon Coast Trail are seeing to it that a permanent crossing of some kind is reestablished and that a replacement statue of Amanda will be in place by National Trails Day, on June 4, 2016.
-- #97 Damnation Creek -- The big footbridge just before the beach at the end of this hike has rotted so much that it has been closed. In early 2016 a sign was posted where the Damnation Creek Trail crosses the Coastal Trail warning that the lower part of this trail is closed. That is not quite true; the trail itself is fine, and it's not hard to scramble across the creek with the missing bridge to reach the beach.
-- Tillamook -- A new state park is being developed at Sand Lake southwest of Tillamook. The Oregon State Parks purchased land for the future Sitka Sedge State Natural Area for $1.8 million in 2014. In the late 1990s the site had been proposed for an exclusive golf course and resort, Sand Lake Golf Links, but that project had been opposed by neighbors for years.
100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range, 3rd Edition (c)2014. (All of these updates have been included in the book's Fourth Edition)
-- #3 North Head -- The Westwind Trail from Beards Hollow to North Head has been abandoned, in part because the big trees there provide habitat for the endangered marbled murrelet, a sea bird. Signs have been removed, and the route is unmaintained, but adventurers are still allowed to hike the route. A paved bike path now parallels the highway, connecting the Beards Hollow Road entrance with the North Head Lighthouse Road entrance.
-- #15 Banks-Vernonia Railroad -- The entire 20-mile trail from Banks to Vernonia is now paved.
-- Tilliamook -- The Tillamook Air Museum remains open, but the private WW II aircraft have been moved to a museum in Madras because the dry climate there will preserve them better.
-- #21 Cape Meares -- A large, slow, ongoing landslide has closed the Three Capes Loop Road between the Cape Meares lighthouse road and the village of Cape Meares, perhaps indefinitely. To visit the Cape Meares lighthouse, you must now drive southwest from Tillamook to Oceanside, and then continue north to road's end at the lighthouse junction. If you are hiking the Oregon Coast Trail from the village of Cape Meares to the lighthouse area, be aware that the 5th Street trailhead in the town of Cape Meares is closed, and the landslide has left a jumble of trees and brush across the trail ahead. With boots and some scrambling skills it is possible to get through, but it is not recommended. Instead, hike the low-tide route. This is still open because it skirts the south side of the slide.
Spruce is now the largest known Sitka spruce in Oregon, so a new parking area
and sign have been put at the entrance to the Cape Meares lighthouse road. A sign says the tree is 144 feet tall and between 750 and 800 years old.
-- #23 Kings Mountain -- The Kings Mountain Trailhead is at elevation 700 feet, not 450 feet, so the hike's total elevation gain is 250 less than indicated in the info block.
-- #27 Pacific City -- The return loop along Nestucca Bay is now so faint that it is for explorers only. It is still more interesting than following the horse trail through the middle of the peninsula, but expect some exploration if you try the route along Nestucca Bay.
-- #33 Baskett Slough -- Jogging is now banned on the trails here because it disturbs the birds.
-- #34 Valley of the Giants -- The driving route from Falls City to the trailhead includes two gates that are closed and locked at 5pm, so don't stay late! During fire season in late summer, the gates can be locked all day.
-- #36 Drift Creek Falls -- A rockslide has made the waterfall itself less spectacular. When you set out from the trailhead, be sure to keep right at all junctions for the first mile.
-- #45 Marys Peak -- The entire summit area is closed October-December 2015 due to logging of invasive trees in summit meadows.
-- #47 Peavy Arboretum -- Running and jogging are no longer banned on arboretum trails.
-- #48 Finley Wildlife Refuge -- Jogging is now banned on the trails here because it disturbs the birds.
-- #49 Alsea Falls -- If you're coming from the north via the town of Alsea, the turnoff is now marked as the "Alsea-Deadwood Highway", and the route to the falls is entirely paved.
-- #50 Yachats & Amanda Trail -- A 1.1-mile loop opened in June 2013, providing a scenic detour near Smelt Sands Wayside on the opposite side of Highway 101. The new path is named the Ya'Xaik Trail (say YA-hike), using the Alsea tribal name for Yachats. Opposite the Fireside Motel, turn east on Diversity Drive, and park at the street's end. The trail climbs a wooded hill into the Siuslaw National Forest and then descends north to connect with a public path in the private Gerdemann Botanic Preserve (no dogs allowed), along a creek with shore pines and rhododendrons, to a collection of art galleries at Highway 101, north of the Diversity Drive trailhead 0.2 mile.
-- #56 Cape Mountain -- The drive to the Dry Lake Trailhead is 1 mile farther than described. From Highway 101, drive 1.1 miles on pavement and an additional 1.7 mile of one-lane gravel to the trailhead.
-- #57 Pawn & Pioneer Trails -- The Pawn Old Growth Trail is signed as closed due to a slide and a bridge washout, but the landslide is easy to cross and it's not hard to hop the bridgeless creek along the route. The Mapleton Hill Pioneer Trail may be somewhat overgrown with salmonberry brush, but it is hikable if you wear long pants.
-- #60 Kentucky Falls -- The upper part of this trail is fine. If you start at the lower trailhead on Road 23, however, note that the footbridge at the 1.5-mile mark is gone. You can cross the river OK in summer and fall, but it's tricky in the high water of winter. The next 1.5 miles of trail is so overgrown that it's almost unfindable. The 3-mile bridge is fine, although the trail is so overgrown that the bridge can be hard to access. The trail becomes easier to follow and less brushy upstream from there.
-- #61 Cape Mountain -- the name Tahautiita 'clover/grassy' (from the
Siuslaw-Lower Umpqua word tsahauya, grass) was actually given to a ridge northeast of Cape Mountain. Cape Mountain itself was known as Huwiina
(hoo-wee-nah) meaning 'a high dark place'.
Heceta Head is ɫtuuwis. (Patty Phillips <email@example.com>)
-- #67 Tahkenitch Dunes -- Dogs must be on leash on the beach and kite-flying is banned to protect nesting birds.
-- #70 Golden and Silver Falls -- The access road for this hike has been closed at a wide spot 1.5 miles before the trailhead. It is possible to drive around the concrete barricades there and drive another half mile, but then you really have to park, and turnaround space is tight. The old road really was dangerous to drive because cliffs narrowed it to one lane. As a result of the closure the hike is still very pleasant, but 2-3 miles longer.
-- #75 Bandon Islands -- A new blufftop trail from Coquille Point to Bandon's Old Town makes it possible to hike the suggested loops without walking so much along city streets. If you're hiking the longest loop to the Devils Kitchen, note that the creek there has changed course, so you don't have to cross it at all.
-- #76 New River -- The gate
at the Learning Center has been moved 0.3 mile closer to the river, so it is
now possible to drive year-round to within 0.2 mile of the New River boat ramp.
-- #81 Sisters Rocks -- The State Parks bulldozed a new parking lot in October 2015, so this previously unmarked trailhead on Highway 101 will be easier to find.
-- #86 Lower Rogue River -- This trail downriver from Agness was being maintained by the Northwest Youth Corps in July 2015, and is expected to reopen when they are done, although washouts and slippery tread may remain, so hikers would need to use caution.
-- #92 Vulcan Lake -- When you turn right on Road 1909 for 13.4 miles, the book says to "keep right when in doubt", but some people have found a confusing fork along the way, where both routes seem equally unused. If you turn right on the incorrect route by mistake, however, it will quickly become obvious that you are on a dead-end road. Then return to Road 1909 and continue, following the "keep right when in doubt" rule.
100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Southern Oregon, 3rd Edition (c)2015, 2014. (Fourth edition with new hikes: April 2017)
-- Introduction -- Finally, there is a hiking club for this corner of Oregon! Founded in 2013, the Friends of the Umpqua Hiking Club (http://www.friendsoftheumpqua.org/club_info.htm
) goes on a hike every other Saturday. Usually they meet at 8am at the Douglas County Courthouse parking lot behind the library in Roseburg's downtown. Dues are $5 a year. Every three months they hold a potluck to plan the coming quarter's hiking schedule. For information, contact the club president Rheo Wheeler at 541-677-0799.
-- #1 North Bank Habitat -- The "West Access" trailhead has been renamed the "West Entrance." It will be reconstructed in June 2017 with a new parking area, landscaping, and a vault toilet.
-- #2 Fall Creek Falls -- The Indian Mounds Trail above Susan Creek Falls has been closed and removed. The "Tioga Trailhead" and all of Swiftwater County Park at the western end of the North Umpqua Trail have been turned over to the BLM, who have fixed things up and renamed it the Swiftwater Trailhead. The new Tioga Footbridge across the North Umpqua River, half a mile west of the Susan Creek Picnic Area, makes access to this section of the North Umpqua Trail much easier. A barrier-free connecting trail from the bridge extends along the north shore of the river east 1.2 miles to the Susan Creek Campground.
-- #4 Little River Waterfalls -- A bridge washed out on the trail to Wolf Creek Falls in the winter of 2015-16, closing that trail after about a quarter mile. The bridge is scheduled to be replaced by the fall of 2016. In the meantime, all of the other waterfall hikes in his area are open.
-- #7 Boulder Creek -- The fish ladder construction project at the trailhead is finally completed (spring 2014), so you can once again drive to the Soda Springs Trailhead. The Perry Butte Trail off to the side of the main trail has been abandoned for many years, and is all but unfindable. Likewise, the uppermost 5 miles of the Boulder Creek Trail (from Spring Creek to Rd 3810) have not been maintained since a fire went through there, so that portion of the trail is clogged with logs and all but unfindable.
-- #11 Umpqua Hot Springs -- Dogs must be on leash. Camping is banned within 1.5 miles. All night-time use is prohibited.
-- #12 Toketee and Watson Falls -- Dogs must be on leash.
-- #13 Lemolo Falls -- The trailhead for Warm Springs Falls is now well marked, and the viewpoint of the falls has a nice railed viewing platform. As for the "Other Options" southern access to Lemolo Falls: the access road has been cleared. The footbridge below Lemolo Falls was destroyed by a tree.
-- #19 Diamond Lake -- Waterskiing is not allowed on Diamond Lake.
-- #21-30 Crater Lake National Park -- The national park's entrance fee increased from $10 to $15 per car in 2015. The fee will still be valid for an entire week. The fee is likely to increase to $20 in a few years.
-- #22 Park Headquarters -- Dogs are now allowed on leash the Lady of the Woods Trail, but not the Castle Crest Wildflower Loop.
-- #21 Boundary Springs -- This trail reopened in August 2016 after a 2015 fire burned about half of the trees along the entire route.
-- #26 Wizard Island -- The boat rides have increased sharply in price. Expect to pay $37 for adults and $25 for kids under 12 -- and expect an added $15 fee if you get off at Wizard Island. The only boat that stops at Wizard Island leaves at 9:30am. Hikers may return either at 2:30pm or 5pm. The boat tours run early July to mid-September.
-- #30 Annie Creek & Godfrey Glen. Dogs are now allowed on leash on the Godfrey Glen trail, but are still banned at Annie Creek.
-- #33 Lost Creek Lake -- In "Other Hiking Options" I say that the upper Rogue River Trail peters out 4.7 miles up from Lost Creek Lake. Actually, according to alert hiker Michelle Renfro, the trail now continues up
the embankment towards Mill Creek Drive and comes out first on a Pacific Power
access road that then leads to Mill Creek Drive. From there you walk past the
Pacific Power compound and the trail reappears on the right/river side of the
road. The trail then parallels the road until it starts downhill through a rocky
area and ties into the Mill Creek Falls trail right at the stunning Barr Creek
falls. This trail is heavily used and can be followed to a large paved
trailhead. From the trailhead the trail continues to parallel Mill Creek Dr
about a half a mile until you reach a bridge over the river. At this point you
must cross the road where the trail takes off again along the river through an
area logged about 10 years ago. Follow the trail to Hwy 62 at another bridge, at
this point you cross the road and find a small parking area on the north side of
the river. The trail continues from there up towards the north fork dam, which
is at the end of the road referred to in the book as the gravel road
beside a canal.
-- #34 Takelma Gorge -- The trailhead at the Woodruff Bridge Picnic Area is now a parking pullout on the left side of Road 68 immediately before the bridge. The picnic area's old loop road is closed, and the picnic area is now a walk-in site.
-- #37 Abbott Butte -- The trailhead sign is missing at the pass on Road 68. Park at the pullout on the right just after a sign, "Be Careful With Fire." The lookout cabin atop the tower has collapsed, but the tower itself is still there, and so is the cabin underneath the tower.
-- #38 Hershberger Mountain -- The lookout building is no longer open to the public. It is locked when it is not in use by fire lookout staff.
-- #40 Muir Creek -- The main hike's description is fine, but if you tackle the 15.5-mile backpacking loop in the "Other Options" section, note that logging Road 760 is abandoned and no longer hikable for the section between Roads 700 and 900. Instead, when you reach Road 700, follow it left. Near road's end, turn right on OHV Road 21, which descends 1.3 miles to Road 900. From there you can bushwhack downhill 0.3 mile to the Muir Creek Trail to complete the loop.
-- #42 Upper Rogue River -- One mile of trail from Rough Rider Falls to the west remains clogged with fallen trees from a 2015 wildfire. The Forest Service hopes to clear this final section in 2017 or 2018, but until then, the Upper Rogue Trail is essentially impassable here. The start of the hiking trail is confused by a much larger and more obvious trail for motorized vehicles. The hiking trail branches off to the right of the OHV route.
-- #42 Stuart Falls -- The trail to Red Blanket Falls from this trailhead is STILL closed by a landslide in a burned area, after several years. Adventurous souls could cross the slide, but it is not recommended, and the trail has become so blocked with blowdown logs that it is abandoned. The Forest Service recommends starting this hike in the national park on the Pumice Flat Trail from the Lodgepole Picnic Area, and so do I. The first 3 miles of that route to Stuart Falls are boring, but the final 3 have been rerouted along a fairly scenic ridge.
-- #44 Seven Lakes East -- A missing bridge over a creek between Nicholson Road and Road 3334 has closed the traditional access route from Fort Klamath. If you are coming from that direction, here's the detour: Take Nicholson Road west from Fort Klamath 2.5 miles, turn left on Hackler Road for 2.6 miles, turn right on Sevenmile Road 2 miles, and turn right on gravel Road 3100 for 2.9 miles to a confusing 4-way junction. Swerve around to the left on Road 3134, following signs for "Sevenmile Trailhead" for 6 miles. IF you are coming from Ashland/Medford, it is easier to drive Highway 140 east past Lake of the Woods 7 miles. Between mileposts 43 and 44, turn north on Westside Road 17 paved miles. Where the road turns right to become Sevenmile Road, go straight on gravel Road 3100 for 2.9 miles to a confusing 4-way junction. Swerve around to the left on Road 3134, following signs for "Sevenmile Trailhead" for 6 miles.
-- #55 Pilot Rock -- The old road that you had to walk for 0.8 mile at the start of this hike has been deconstructed and converted to a trail.
-- #58 Mike Uhtoff Trail -- The Uhtoff Trail has been extended from the Looking Glass Loop another half mile uphill, so hikers can now climb at a better grade on a route that parallels the bicycle-used White Rabbit Trail toward Road 2060.
-- #60 Wagner Butte -- The trailhead sign is missing, so you now have to keep a sharp eye out for the trailhead post. However, an addition 3.9 miles of the access road has been oiled so well that it is essentially paved. Once you reach Wagner Creek Road at the junction in Talent, follow it for 4.6 miles of 2-lane pavement, cross a bridge, and continue uphill on 3.9 miles of narrow pavement to Wagner Gap. Then continue another 2 miles on good gravel to the trailhead on the right.
-- #62 Sterling Ditch Tunnel -- Plans are afoot to complete a "Jack-Ash Trail" along the ridgeline between Jacksonville and Wagner Butte near Ashland. The first section of this trail, scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, would connect with either end of the Sterling Ditch Trail (or nearly connect, with some roads), making possible a 35-mile loop that will be of interest chiefly to equestrians.
-- #63 Mule Mountain -- This trailhead is closed. The first 0.3 mile of the route crosses private land. The Forest Service is negotiating with the new owner to continue the historic access. In the meantime, access this area from the top, at Charlie Buck/Baldy Peak Trailhead on Road 940, off of Little Applegate Road.
-- #66 Stein Butte -- Access to the recommended trailhead at Seattle Bar is still open. If you are interested in reaching the upper trailhead described under "Other Options", however, note that Road 1050 has been gated closed above Seattle Bar because of a private inholding. Road 1050 is still open to hikers, horses, and bikes.
-- #68 Frog Pond -- The missing footbridge over the Middle Fork Applegate River (1.2 miles from the Rd 1035 trailhead) is scheduled to be replaced in 2017 or 2018.
-- #72 Oregon Caves -- Congress added 4000 acres to the 488-acre national monument here in December 2014. The new administration reopened the Cave Creek Campground, added new signage to the trails to Mt. Elijah and the Bigelow Lakes (Hike #161). The new legislation also designated the caves' underground stream, the River Styx, as a Wild and Scenic River, and the Caves Chateau as one of the Historic Hotels of America.
-- #75 Bolan Mountain -- The trail now begins on the second of the campground's two one-way loops. When you start driving up on the second loop, watch for a small trailhead sign on the left after 200 feet. Parking is tight, along the road another 100 feet ahead. Also note that Bolan Lake has a lovely 0.7-mile path around the lake, passing a wet wildflower slope.
-- #84 Taylor Creek -- The winter of 2013-14 destroyed four footbridges along this creek, fouling up the hike for those who are not prepared to scramble on broken bridges or get their feet wet. If you start at the Taylor Creek Trailhead (3.1 miles up Briggs Valley Road), the first missing bridge is at the half-mile mark. Likewise, bridges are missing across Taylor Creek from the old Tin Can Campground and the trailhead at an old gravel pit, near the start of the China Creek Trail. Who knows when these bridges will be replaced?
-- #96 Caribou Lake -- A wildfire in 2014 affected this and several other trails in the Coffee Creek area of the Trinity Alps. The Forest Service plans to reopen the trails in 2015. And yes, the book's overview map of Northern California shows the locations of Hikes 95 and 96 as reversed.
-- #111 Acker Rock Lookout -- This trail will be closed from January 1 to July 31 each year to protect nesting raptors. The lookout cabin is no longer staffed, but instead will be available for rental at recreation.gov from August 1 to November 15.
-- #126 Sugarpine Creek -- Not maintained for more than a decade, this trail has been dropped from the Forest Service roster.
-- #127 Bitterlick Creek -- Not maintained for more than a decade, this trail has been dropped from the Forest Service roster.
-- #151 Gin Lin Gold Mine -- The Flumet Flat Campground has reopened year-round as a group site, reservable for $50 a month at recreation.gov.
-- #161 Mt. Elijah -- This area was added to the Oregon Caves National Monument in 2014 as a preserve. The "New Trail" shown on the map on page 258 is faint and hard to find. Instead, hike the final 1.4 miles of Road 070, which has been deconstructed and rebuilt as a trail.
-- #170 Pearsoll Peak -- The fire lookout was still being restored by the Sand Mountain Society in 2017. Until the restoration is complete, the building is closed to the public.
100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon, 3rd edition (c) 2015. This
edition includes all the updates listed below for the 2nd edition. Next printing with updates: April 2018.
-- #4 Macks Canyon -- The trail on the abandoned railroad grade is fine for the first 2.3 miles of the suggested hike, but 0.3 mile before the recommended lunch spot at Sixteen Canyon a rancher has built an illegal barbed wire fence across the public right of way. He's obviously trying to keep his cows in line, but also trying to claim public land as his own. Hello, Bundys! There are no signs, but until this illegal fence can be removed, hikers on the railroad trail may find it difficult to continue the final 0.3 mile to Sixteen Canyon.
-- #7 Gray Butte -- The long mountain bike loop to Smith Rock described in earlier editions of the book (and still shown on the map) is no longer possible. The bridge across the canal from Lambert Ave. to the Burma Road has been gated closed to the public.
-- #23-27 -- Trailheads on the south side of Strawberry Mountain are accessed by a turnoff from Highway 395, south of John Day 10 (or 9.7) miles. This turnoff is no longer marked by a "Wickiup CG" sign, but rather a generic brown recreation/trailhead pointer, and the road does begin as Road 65, but then changes to Road 15.
-- #44 Lower Wenaha River -- The footbridge over Crooked Creek washed out in the winter of 2015/2016. It is quite practicable to ford the creek here in summer, but not in winter. A replacement bridge is being considered by the Forest Service.
-- #80 Summer Lake -- Parking permits for the wildlife refuge are now $10 per day or $30 per year.
-- #85 Modoc Lava Beds -- The entry fee has been raised to $15 per car.
-- #93 Pike Creek -- The trailhead and camping area at Pike Creek are now being managed by the Alvord Ranch. Before parking or camping here, you must first drive 2.2 miles south to Alvord Hot Springs, where you can buy a parking permit for $5, or a camping permit for $30. Then return to Pike Creek for your hike or your overnight stay. At Alvord Hot Springs itself, the $5/person fee now is good for use all day, from 9am to 8pm.
More Hikes -- The Klamath Ridge View Trail runs parallel above Lakeshore Drive in Klamath Falls, with views of Upper Klamath Lake and the Cascades. Start at Moore Park.
More Hikes -- The Spence Mountain Trail, west of Klamath Falls off Highway 140, has 3 miles of finished trail and 3-4 more miles planned, open to mountain bikes, horses, and skiers in winter. The trail network will eventually extend with a loop to Howard's Bay. For more information, contact Dennis Taugher at the Klamath Trails Alliance, firstname.lastname@example.org.
100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon, 2nd edition (c) 2012. All of these updates are included in the new 3rd edition of the book.
-- #8 Badlands -- Badlands Rock, and the trails leading to it, were once closed for raptor breeding, but the closures have been lifted. The map on page 31 incorrectly shows the trails as closed. The Flatiron Rock Trailhead is now well signed on the highway, and the cattle guard at the parking lot entrance has been removed. New wooden pointers at trail junctions make route finding easier. The Badlands Trailhead is now marked on Hwy 20 by a sign "Oregon Badlands Wilderness", and the trailhead itself is a fenced gravel parking lot with a gated trailhead that is closed to vehicles. If you are looking for the trail turnoff for the Dry River channel, make sure you take the side trail to the right that is blocked by THREE boulders (and not previous turnoffs that are blocked by four and two boulders).
-- #9 Paulina Lake -- North Cove Campground has been closed, and the side trail to the Warm Springs has now been signed, so instead of a braided, confusing route you will find a single trail to the lakeshore hot springs.
-- #14 Lookout Mountain -- The trails here have been renamed and renumbered somewhat. From the Independent Mine Trailhead where three trails begin, the long trail to the left is still #808, the short trail up the middle is the Mother Lode Mine Trail #808a, and the trail to the right is the Lookout Mountain Trail #804.
-- #25 Little Malheur River -- The Forest Service no longer maintains this trail, so it is fast becoming impassable. Although hikers can still make it from the trailhead on Road 1370 to the First Crossing, there are so many downed trees across the trail that it is awkward. The route is no longer feasible for horses.
-- #32 Mount Ireland -- When you are driving east from the town of Sumpter, there no longer is a sign marking the Grant County line. Instead watch for a pass marked "Blue Springs Summit." From this pass, continue west another 5.9 miles to find the turnoff on the right for Road 7370 with the "Mt. Ireland L.O." sign. This turnoff is easy to miss.
-- #34 Granite Creek -- At the road junction by the town of Granite, Road 10 has been renamed Red Boy Road 24. When you get to the Granite Creek trailhead, parking permits are not required.
-- #36 North Fork Umatilla River -- Light use and no maintenance have left this otherwise brilliant trail brushy and a little frustrating (August 2014). The trailhead outhouse has been subjected to graffiti and vandalism. Alas.
-- #37 Ninemile Ridge -- A trail sign is missing on the driving route to this trailhead. After you drive a quarter mile past the Umatilla Forks Campground, turn left onto a road marked "3200 - 045" for 0.2 rocky miles to the trailhead.
-- #39 Upper Wenaha River -- The driving directions from Jubilee Lake work, but a shortcut road has been improved, allowing for a much easier drive to the Timothy Springs Trailhead. To find it, drive Road 64 past Jubilee Lake 2 miles to a fork, but then veer LEFT to stay on Road 64. After another 1.7 miles, fork right to stay on Road 64 for another 0.6 mile. Then turn right on gravel Road 6415 for 3.5 miles to a sign for the Timothy Springs Campground, and turn left for 0.2 mile to the trailhead.
-- #52 Mount Howard -- If you want to take the scramble route toward East Peak, do not bushwhack directly there from the summit of Mt. Howard. Instead continue on the main trail another 0.3 mile beyond the summit and turn downhill to the right on a new trail that heads toward East Peak.
-- #55 Ice Lake -- The bridge
across the W. Fk. Wallowa River to the Ice Lake Trail became unsafe and has been replaced by a single-log footbridge.
-- #77 Derrick Cave -- The southern road access to this lava tube crosses private land and has been gated, so the route described in the book is no longer open to the public. The cave is still a very interesting destination, and it can be accessed by a longer route on public roads. From downtown Fort Rock, turn north on paved Cabin Lake Road 5-11 for 0.9 mile to the turnoff for Fort Rock State Park, but instead of turning left, go straight on gravel for another 14.9 miles. Beyond the primitive Cabin Lake campground 6 miles, you'll reach an X-shaped intersection. Following "D Cave" pointers, turn right on gravel Road 22 for 2.7 miles to another X-shaped intersection and turn right toward Fox Butte for 9.8 gravel miles to a T-shaped junction just beyond a set of powerlines. Turn right on gravel Road 2320 for 1 mile, fork right onto Road 2325 for 2.5 miles, fork to the right underneath powerlines for 1.7 miles to a junction, and stay left on a track for 1.1 mile to a 3-way fork. Go straight on a dirt road for 0.4 mile to a parking area on the right with a stone wall amid ponderosa pines. The trail is a broad sandy track for 0.2 mile to a pit with Derrick Cave's entrance.
-- #80 Winter Ridge -- The turnoff for Road 29 from the highway beside Summer Lake is at milepost 87, not milepost 82. Be warned that the Fremont Trail is infrequently maintained. In June 2013 there were so many trees across the path north of Government Harvey Pass that it was impassable to horses and awkward for hikers.
-- #81 Campbell and Dead Horse Lakes -- A pine beetle infestation in this area killed enough lodgepole pines that the Forest Service closed the road to Dead Horse Lake for two years while they cut dead trees and rebuilt the campground. The roads are all open once again, so the description in the book is accurate. A new group campsite at Dead Horse Lake has been opened just before you reach the lake, on the right-hand side, on a shadeless ridge where dead trees have been removed.
-- #89 DeGarmo Canyon -- The "DeGarmo Canyon" sign has been moved 100 yards so it now points up the dirt road that leads to the canyon mouth.
-- #90 Hart Mountain Hot Springs -- When hiking from the Hot Springs campground toward Warner Peak, it's much easier to follow the Barnhardi Road than to bushwhack up along Rock Creek. Incidentally, the silver gate on Barnhardi Road has been replaced by a rusty green gate. When you get to the dilapidated cabin at Barnhardi Basin, expect mosquitoes in this marshy area during June and July. To return on a loop, consider following Rock Creek downstream back to the campground, although this route really has no trail.
-- #92 Steens Summit -- The Steens Mountain Loop Road has been improved, so the 6-mile Rooster Comb section is no longer rough. This section between the South Steens Campground and the Steens summit is still steep, twisty, and gravel, but is passable by standard passenger cars.
-- #95 and 96 -- The gravel Fields-Follyfarm Road has been renamed the East Steens Road, and has been paved for 10 miles on either end, south from Highway 78 and north from Fields. The central section from the Alvord Desert to Mann Lake remains wide gravel. The access to Mickey Hot Springs has also changed, in that the green cattle guard near the 90-degree corner of the road has been removed. If you are driving south, look for a 90-degree curve to the right signed "40 MPH." At the start of the curve, veer left onto an unmarked gravel road. From there on, stay on the largest road, keeping left when in doubt, to the signed parking area for Mickey Hot Springs.
-- #95 Pike Creek -- The trail has now been built all the way to the forks of Pike Creek, so you no longer need to scramble from cairn to cairn.
-- #96 Borax Hot Springs -- The wire gate at the old trailhead is now unlocked and open, so you can drive another 0.4 mile to a new trailhead at the road junction at the north end of Lower Borax Lake Reservoir.
Alvord Hot Springs is now hosted by a caretaker who charges $5 per person for use all day (kids under 10 are free). Clothing is still optional. If you pay $20 for a (shadeless) campsite you get unlimited access to the hot spring pool and to a private road to the Alvord Desert playa.
-- #98 Leslie Gulch -- Slocum Campground now has shade shelters over most picnic tables, as well as a restroom and garbage service. Piped spring water is available about 3.5 miles up the road, between Dago Gulch and Juniper Gulch. Near a cattle guard, park on a short spur road to the north that heads into an aspen grove. Then walk 50 feet to the piped spring.
-- #118 North Point -- This trail has been abandoned for 30 years, so it is pretty much unfindable now, but the area is nonetheless a rewarding place to bushwhack and explore, especially in June, with hidden wildflower meadows and views.
-- #130 High Lake via Lake Creek -- This trail was abandoned after a forest fire swept through the area. Downed trees now cover the path.
-- #131 Mud Lake -- This trail was abandoned after a forest fire swept through the area. Downed trees now cover the path.
-- #134 Delintment Creek -- I searched for this trail at the Delintment Lake Campground in June 2014 and could not find it. Even the trailhead seems to be gone.
-- #141 Reynolds Creek -- This trail has been unmaintained for so long that it is nearly unfindable. This is intentional, to protect the petroglyphs on the stone arch from vandalism. Only attempt this trip if you are prepared for a miserable bushwhack and a respectful visit to a sacred site.
-- #181 Huckleberry Mountain
-- The trailhead is now at Little Bear Saddle. Park here and walk gated Road
160 half a mile to the old trailhead.