Join guided hikes on the OC&E Woods Line State Trail (2015)


Four-hike series this summer and fall

Sunshine on the OC&E State Trail in the Sprague Valley.

Sunshine on the OC&E State Trail in the Sprague Valley.

The OC&E Woods Line State Trail is Oregon’s longest linear park, built on 100-miles of the  Oregon, California and Eastern Railroad railbed. You can join Saturday guided hikes beginning July 25 that explore sites along the trail between Klamath Falls and Bly.

Park rangers and guest speakers will explain how the area’s geology and climate influenced human settlement, and how humans in turn have affected the environment of the Lost River and Sprague River watersheds.

The hikes will last about two hours and will cover some ground off the main trail. The hikes are free, but parking is limited. Please preregister by calling (541) 783-2471 or (541) 883-5558.

  • July 25 – “Finding a Way through Lost River Gap.” Meet at the Olene trailhead at 10 a.m.  Learn how the OC&E, Highway 140 and irrigation canals all pass through the gap at Olene. Distance: 2 miles round trip.
  • Aug. 8 – “Nothing Tougher than a Juniper.” Meet at Rice’s Feed Store in Dairy at 10 a.m. Why is western juniper ideally suited to the Klamath Basin’s semi-arid climate? An optional hike will explore Bureau of Land Management rangeland near the trail. Distance: 3-4 miles.
  • Sept. 19 – “Boom and Bust on the Sprague.” Meet at the Sprague community hall at 10 a.m. Learn about the history of the town’s sawmill and how humans have influenced the Sprague River. Distance: 2 miles round trip.
  • Oct. 3 – “Of Aspens and Maars.” Meet at the Switchbacks trailhead at 10 a.m. Explore how region’s forests are affected by topography and logging. Distance: 2-3 miles.

OC&E Woods Line State Trail (park information and driving directions)

OC&E trail history and map (includes trailhead locations)

Posted on July 22, 2015, in event, Oregon State Park trails and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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