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A BARK IN THE PARK-SHASTA/ROGUE RIVER
The 45 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog In The Shasta/Rogue River Region

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A Bark In The Park: The 45 Best Places To Hike With Your Dog In The Shasta/Rogue River Region ranks the 40 top places to hike with your dog in the Reno/Lake Tahoe area - all with your best friend in mind. Are there any places to take your dog swimming? Where are the best parks to walk the dog for more than one hour? Where can I find an off-leash "doggie social hour?" Where are the best parks to walk the dog and push the baby stroller? While walking the dog you'll get generous helpings of local history, botany, geology, architecture and more.


THE BEST OF THE BEST

Blue Ribbon - Whiskeytown National Recreation Area Water reclamation projects destroyed ancient ways of life but the resulting lakes have created massive recreation areas. Whiskeytown features more than a dozen well-marked hiking trails to delight any canine hiking taste. When you are through hiking you can pan for gold in the park's creeks.

#2 - Prescott Park/Roxy Ann Peak
Much of this land in Medford remains undeveloped; the main loop around Roxy Ann Peak is a 2.4-mile loop. You can shoot off on any number of radiating smaller trails on these beautiful - but steep - slopes.

#3 - Marble Mountain Wilderness
Canine hikers will find the splendors of the Marble Mountain Wilderness exquisitely preserved. Dozens of species of trees and lots of animals call these lands around the Salmon River home. There are 89 pristine lakes for your dog to swim here.

#4 - Mount Ashland Meadows
Wildflowers are a special treasure of hiking in the Shasta/Rogue River region. The 3.4-mile out-and-back trail at Mount Ashland leads through not one, not two, but five showy meadows. This subalpine meadowscape changes regularly with the seasons so make sure to hike this trail often during the year.

#5 - McCloud Falls/Fowler Campground
The trail along the McCloud River leads to three distinctly different waterfalls. The hike gets crowded but you can seek solitude by fanning out on the other available trails on the south slopes of Mt. Shasta.

#6 - Westside Trail and Mary Lake Trail
Redding is becoming nationally known for the quality and variety of its trails. The trail around Mary Lake is an easy 3/4-mile stroll with your dog while the Westside Trails offer four miles of hillside walks serving up sweeping views of town.

#7 - Bear Creek Greenway
The Bear Creek Greenway will one day be a continuous 21-mile recreational route running from Ashland to Central Point. The trailheads in Ashalnd and southern Medford each sit next to a fenced dog park.

#8 - Sacaramento River Trail
This award-winning urban trail travels on an 8-foot wide paved path with an eleavtion gain of no more than 200 feet in its entire six-mile loop. The route visits both sides of the Sacramento River in Redding.

#9 - OC & E Woods Line State Trail
This successful rail-to-trail conversion use the right-of-way of the Oregon-California and Eastern Railroad. Once cattle and timber moved along this route. Today it is Oregon's longest linear park - any length of canine hike can be crafted from the trail. The first seven miles from Klamath Falls are paved.

#10 - Jacksonville Woods
Residents of Jacksonville, honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of its Dozen Distinctive Destinations, recognize that their town's woodlands are as valuable as the historic buildings. They have pre- served hundreds of acres and 8 miles of peaceful trails throughout town.


15 COOL THINGS TO SEE ON SAHASTA/ROGUE RIVER TRAILS WHILE WALKING WITH YOUR DOG

"If your dog is fat," the old saying goes, "you aren't getting enough exercise." But walking the dog need not be just about a little exercise. Here are 15 cool things you can see around northern California and southern Oregon while out walking the dog.

ENGINEERING MARVELS. Between the town of Dairy and Sprague River, On the OC & E Trailyou will pass an odd-looking section over a hill. This is a railroad double switchback, which enabled trains to be split for navigating the hill. The original plans called for a tunnel through Bly Mountain, but as funds were low it was decided the cheaper double switchback-solution was good enough. Prior to the 1990 closing of the railroad, this unique engineering landmark was last of its kind in the United States.

FASCINATING BIRDS. Shasta Lake is a popular nesting spot for bald eagles, offering an opportunity to see them hunting and nesting in the wild. At McCloud Falls,be on the lookout for the little American Dipper birds that patrol the tumbling waters. These tiny birds, also known as water ouzels, zoom around over the surface and plunge in and out of the cascading water in search of food. They use their wings to "fly" underwater and can even be seen walking on the stream bottom pecking for larval insects, fish eggs and even slow fish just as if they were walking on the trail.

FRESH TASTING WATER. Tub Springs was a popular stopping point for travelers on the Applegate Trail to refresh with a cool drink of fresh mountain water from tub springs. You can still do so today. A stone water fountain at Hedge Creek Falls dispenses "the best water on earth," according to townsfolk in Dunsmuir. You can have a taste and judge for yourself at the gazebo on the top of the trail.

GOLD. People have come to the Shasta/Rogue River Valley for 150 years to search for gold and it is probably not all gone. You can rent a pan for $1 and chase gold in the creeks in Whiskeytown Recreation Area. Prior to 1900, the City of Redding operated a gold mine in Blue Gravel Canyon, the only town in California to do so. The mine is long gone of course, but the trail remains and has relics from the gold era along the path. Did they get all the gold here?

GREAT DAMS. Shasta Dam opened in 1945 and flooded 35 miles of the Sacramento River valley. One of the biggest dams ever conceived when construction began in 1938, the building of Shasta Dam established several "world records." Among them was the Southern Pacific Railroad's double decker bridge that was the highest ever built and the construction of the world's longest conveyor belt system - 10.5 miles - to bring sand and aggregate to the building site from Redding. The water spilling over Shasta Dam created the largest artificial waterfall ever seen - three times as high as the drop at Niagara Falls. The Trinity Dam, rising 466 feet from bedrock, is one of the highest earth-filled dams in the world.

HISTORIC BUILDINGS. Fire has claimed many an old building in the West but there are still some significant wooden buildigns left standing in the wilderness. In Trinity Recreation Area stands the Bowerman Barn, painstakingly constructed with hardwood pegs and one of the most representative 19th century hand-crafted structures in California. Also in the park is the oriignal log house from the Stoddard homestead, just off the Stoddard Trail. In Ah-Di-Na Campground in Siskiyou County, cnaine hikers can study an historic cabin that was restored by volunteers in 1990 using only traditional tools such as long axes and chisels.

INTERESTING TREES. In TouVelle State Recreation Site is one of the largest granary trees in southern Oregon. A granary tree is a special tree targeted by acorn woodpeckers to store food. This ponderosa pine is estimated to have as many as 50,000 holes! On the Blue Canyon Trail you can see a tree where Judge John Waldo from Salem, Oregon and his party traced the route that is now the Pacific Crest Trail, becoming the first to cross the crest of the southern Cascades in 1888.

LOFTY LOOKOUTS. Mountain trails often climax at Forest Service lookouts with dramatic views. At Medicine Lake, Hoffman Lookout was built for fire surveillance in 1924 and started out as a tiny 8 sq.ft. cabin. The cabin is available for rent ((530) 964-2184) and is quite popular. Herd Peak Lookout sits eastward of the main Cascade fault line, overlooking a magnificent valley of hills created from pyroclastic lava flows off Mount Shasta. During fire season, the lookout is manned from 9:30AM to 9PM, and the person in charge will be sitting in the tower watching over the valley, ready to report any sign of a fire to firefighters by radio. The rustic Marble Valley Guard Station, completed in 1928 , is an early example of simple stations built by the Forest Service as fire lookouts. Trail crews and wilderness rangers still work from Marble Valley today - still with little concession to modern comforts. The guard station is reached by a difficult climb at the juncion of trails PC 2000 and 11W014, about 2.5 miles southwest of Lover's Camp Trailhead.

LOGGING HERITAGE. You can't come away from a canine hike at Collier Memorial State park without a greater appreciation for the logging industry. The paths through the outdoor museum wind from the days of oxen and hand axes through the age of steam and up to today's diesel machines. You'll find railroad heritage here as well. Look for an old Baldwin steam locomotive known, more or less affectionately, as GOP - "Get Out And Push." The engine strained so much hauling redwood logs in and out of the mountains that it was constantly derailing.

MYTHICAL CREATURES. On the hike to the summit of Collings Mountain you will find the world's only known Bigfoot trap. Constructed of wood with a heavy metal door reinforced by metal bolts by the North American Wildlife team in 1974, the idea was the lure an unsuspecting Sasquatch into the 10-foot by 10-foot pit from which it could not escape. As you hike along the trails of Mount Shasta keep an eye out for tall, graceful folks with long flowing hair dressed in white robes - and a walnut-sized organ protruding from the center of their foreheads. These would be Lemurians, most probably from the massive lost continent of Mu that once lay under the Pacific Ocean and helped explain how lemurs ended up on the island of Madagascar. One of the more well travelled folktales associated with Mount Shasta, some believed the Lemurians came to live in a city called Telos inside of the volcano.

OLD ORCHARDS. Joseph H. Stewart State Park is built on an old homestead from the 1940s. Fruit grew here in grand orchards, in the beginnings of Oregon's commercial pear industry. You can still see some old pear trees and apple trees and walnut trees scattered around the park. You will find historic fruit trees along the trail at Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site as well.

UNUSUAL BRIDGES. The Sacramento River Trail is and ideal hike for studying bridge architecture. Classical arch bridges transport vehicular traffic across the Sacramento and theDiestlehorst Bridge is a prototypical 19th century pier and girder iron bridge. The Ribbon Bridge is the first of its kind in the nation - a 13-foot wide, 420-foot long concrete stess-ribbon structure. The Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay is the first American project for the celebrated Spanish bridge architect, Santiago Calatrava. The focal point of his design is a 218-foot curved tower on the north bank of the river that doubles as support for the bridge's suspension cables and as the world's largest sundial. The bridge sports a glass decking that enhances the natural light and enables unobstructed views of the mountains at the horizon and the salmon at play below.

VOLCANIC SOUVENIRS. This landscape was formed in many places by volcanic eruptions. The trail around Brown Mountain provides dramatic glimpses of lava flow. At Black Butte, a small group of inactive "plug dome" volcano craters dot the landscape. Plug domes have a type of lava flow that too thick and stiff to flow normally, but instead is squeezed out the top like crusty icing. All that remains of the mighty 12,000-foot volcano that once dominated the southern Cascades are eight protruding peaks in the Mountain Lakes Wilderness. And there is the odd Oregon Desert, a pumice-covered landscape in the Sky Lakes Wilderness. Ash from Mount McLouhlin's last eruption sits fifty feet deepa across the area.

WATERFALLS. This trail at McCloud Falls reveals three waterfalls in little more than a mile: the Lower Falls (a powerful, ten-foot drop into a wide pool), the Middle Falls (a classically wide, 50-foot waterfall), and the Upper Falls (a water spout squeezing through granite cliffs). Two hikes in the town of Dunsmuir also find different types of falls: Hedge Creek Falls cutting through basalt rock and Mossbrae Falls dripping through moss and ferns.

WRITER INSPIRATIONS. The best-selling Western writer of all time, Zane Grey, used the Rogue River as the centerpiece of many of his stories. His cabin can still be seen on the Rogue. Jack London wrote Valley of the Moon while a guest at Wolf Creek Inn.



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