Central Oregon and Everything In~Between

This week I drove up to Bend and Eugene Oregon to do my slide presentations on Mt. Shasta at the REI stores. In between, I did a lot of exploring on the McKenzie River and Umpqua River. What beautiful areas. Lots of fun…hiking, biking, rafting, relaxing, etc…

Mt. Bachelor, Sunset

I drove up to the Three Sisters Wilderness to camp for the night.

Mt. Washington, 7794' Elevation

I drove the Mckenzie Pass Scenic Byway. Ancient and recent volcanoes, cinder cones, lava flows and old growth forests can be found along this route.

Dee Wright Observation

Lava Rock Structure constructed by the CCC in 1935. Named for their foreman. From the observatory, 6 peaks can be seen on a clear day.

Collier Glacier, Middle Sister

View of North and Middle Sister. Collier Glacier on the Middle Sister is the largest glacier in Oregon and over 300 ft. thick.

Proxy Falls

Trailhead to these falls are along the route. It’s a short loop hike with views of Upper and Lower Proxy Falls.

Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs

I took a side trip to these hot springs. I always wanted to check them out. There are a few pools along the creek and comfortably warm. There is a $5 fee per person to go to these. It helps keep them maintained and clean.

Susan Creek Falls

The next day I drove the Rogue-Umpqua Scenic Byway known as the, “The Highway of Waterfalls”. Here’s a few more waterfalls I checked out along the way…

Fall Creek Falls

Toketee Falls

Watson Falls

Mt. Theilsen or Big Cowhorn

Very interesting looking extinct shield volcano. This hike was rated Oregon’s best hike in 2009.

Rogue Gorge

Just when I thought to put away the camera…more scenic viewpoints. Along the Rogue~

Along the Rogue

Natural Bridge Area~The Cave


What a beautiful area. So much to do and see…

There are lots more waterfalls to explore, hot springs, hiking and plenty of mountain biking opportunities.

Looks like temps are back to normal here in the Mt. Shasta area. Get out, have fun and

Have a GREAT weekend!