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Everything to know about exploring Oregon's best outdoor destinations from the Statesman Journal including where to camp, hike, bike and more.

Explore Oregon: Making the most of the outdoors Statesman Journal

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Everything to know about exploring Oregon's best outdoor destinations from the Statesman Journal including where to camp, hike, bike and more.

    Favorite Stories Vol.1: Lincoln City fights a fifth grade class, a naked mountain man and more

    Favorite Stories Vol.1: Lincoln City fights a fifth grade class, a naked mountain man and more

    In this episode, Zach brings back a collection of his favorite stories from the first almost 70 episodes of the podcast. It's the first of two podcasts that include fun stories about Oregon's most famous places, and this edition features naked mountain men, a princess turned to stone and a coastal town feuding with a fifth grade class from Montana.

    • 45 min
    Steens Mountain: glorious gorges and alpine lakes above the Alvord Desert

    Steens Mountain: glorious gorges and alpine lakes above the Alvord Desert

    There's no place quite like Steens Mountain, a 50-mile fault block mountain that rises almost to almost 10,000 feet above the Alvord Desert in southeastern Oregon. It's a place where you can backpack into deep gorges, explore a stunning alpine lake in a basin a vertical mile above the desert and camp at numerous sites along Oregon's highest roadway. In this episode, Zach talks with Anne White with the Oregon Natural Desert Association about all the wonders and styles of outdoor recreation at Steens.

    • 52 min
    Hot springs, desert hiking and epic wildlife viewing at SE Oregon's Hart Mountain

    Hot springs, desert hiking and epic wildlife viewing at SE Oregon's Hart Mountain

    In this episode, Zach takes a trip to the high desert mountain and wildlife mecca of Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge. Joined by expert Michael O'Casey, of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, they talk about the area's hot springs, majestic animals and best hikes in this little-traveled corner of the state.

    • 47 min
    Glorious Oregon summer road trips to camp, hike and explore

    Glorious Oregon summer road trips to camp, hike and explore

    In this episode, Zach is joined by Oregon outdoors author Franziska Weinheimer, the owner of the website HikeOregon.net, to talk about 16 summer road trips that include hiking, camping, floating, fishing and exploring all corners of the state.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    The rise, fall and rebirth of Oregon's state parks over 100 years

    The rise, fall and rebirth of Oregon's state parks over 100 years

    Oregon's state parks showcase many of the state's most beautiful places as well as the largest and most iconic campgrounds. But how did this system of over 350 parks, recreation areas and the Oregon Coast come together? It's a story of ambition and conservation, of colorful characters, near-calamity and rebirth. Zach talks to an associate director and historian for the deep dive on the last 100 years of Oregon parks.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    A new plan to reopen wildfire-burned Opal Creek, Jefferson wilderness, PCT

    A new plan to reopen wildfire-burned Opal Creek, Jefferson wilderness, PCT

    In this episode, Zach interviews Willamette National Forest supervisor Dave Warnack about the agency's new plan to reopen 170,000 acres of forest that burned in the Labor Day Fires in 2020. The plan includes providing access this summer to iconic places such as Opal Creek, the northern Mount Jefferson Wilderness, and other places that are currently closed due to safety concerns.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

elikqitie ,

Best Oregon Outdoors Podcast

I’m moving to Oregon and have listened to many different podcasts about outdoor lifestyle and this one is my favorite! The information on this podcast is vital for anyone who enjoys the outdoor lifestyle and lives in or is planning to visit Oregon. Guests are informative and interesting. Good topics. Thanks for an awesome Oregon guide to the great outdoors!

Kellybelly0801 ,

Great podcast

Thanks to you guys, my bucket list keeps getting longer and longer… great job!!

lakernation32 ,

Love this Pod!!!

If you love Oregon and the outdoors this is the podcast for you! Keep up the great work!

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