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Crawfish Lake Trail

Lately, one of my aims has been to explore the Brice Creek area and -- especially -- to get off the beaten trails. Of course Brice Creek Trail is always beautiful and Trestle Creek Trail is popular for good reason, but when I look at a map I see there are many more trails around Brice Creek. Where do they all go? I've often wondered. Early this year, my curiosity led us to Parker Creek … [Read More...]

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Marten Flume Trail: Brice Creek

For me, part of the joy of hiking is exploring trails I haven't been on before. Sometimes we return to an old stand-by, but usually when we want to go hiking, we pull out the map and look for a new place to explore. This is how we found Martin Flume Trail. Marten Flume Trail (# 1419A) is a short loop trail near Brice Creek across the road from Lund Park. The trail is actually just a narrow path … [Read More...]

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Paddling Dorena

I love getting out in our canoe. The world looks and sounds different when you're out in the middle of a lake or gliding along a shore line. This summer, we have been fortunate to paddle in some amazing places. Sometimes, though, it is nice to stay closer to home: to get out, paddle, and get home in just a couple hours.... that is when Dorena Reservoir comes in handy. I've seen people launch … [Read More...]

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Lund Park: Historical Brice Creek

Lund Park along Brice Creek was a busy place last weekend. The campground seemed full and campers stretched out along the creek in unofficial campsites. People with young children frolicked in the creek, and others -- like us -- were using it to access hiking trails. Over 100 years ago Lund Park was busy with a different type of activity, as this photo, taken over 120 years ago, … [Read More...]

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Hosmer Lake: Deschutes County

I can not tell you how beautiful Hosmer Lake is because I don't have the words, and it is possible that you may not even believe me. Hosmer Lake is one of those places that I sometimes hesitate to write about; I want to keep it a secret so it stays as beautiful as possible for as long as possible. However, with Hosmer the word is already out. I am just adding my voice to many, many others. The … [Read More...]

Brice Creek Falls before the swimmers arrive.

Beautiful Brice Creek

Every time we go for a hike along Brice Creek, I always wonder why we don't head out there more often. It is fairly close to town, beautiful, and never fails to deliver. This past weekend, we wanted to get out for a hike with friends from out of town and Brice Creek was just the ticket. The hiking trail runs along Brice Creek in a rocky canyon. You'll find old growth forest, lush undergrowth, … [Read More...]

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Dorena Covered Bridge: Fall Color on the Row

  The fall colors are beautiful right now, and opportunities to see them are waning as the rains are starting to set in. We recently took a drive up the Row River to enjoy the turning leaves. … [Read More...]