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THREE SISTERS Sisters, Oregon.

The Three Sisters are a subgroup of the Cascade volcanoes west of Bend in central Oregon, consisting officially of North, Middle, and South Sisters (all approximately 10,000 ft high), though Mt. Bachelor (aka Bachelor Butte) & Broken Top are also in the immediate vicinity. The closely clustered 3 Sisters disrupt the typical pattern of most of the other widely spaced Cascade volcanoes. Nowhere in the Cascades has there been a greater number & variety of recent eruptions than in the vicinity of the 3 Sisters. The aptly-named Three Sisters Wilderness Area, originally established in 1937 as a Primitive Area, surrounds the peaks. A large variety of activities can be undertaken in the region, from resort downhill skiing (at


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Mt. Bachelor, directly south of the Sisters) to easy walk-ups and ‘backcountry’ skiing on the gentle South Sister, to steep & hazardous ascents of the infamous North Sister. There are a good 240 miles of developed trails that criss-cross the area. Check here for information from the Pacific Crest Trail Association on the Oregon section of the Pacific Crest Trail. Although each of the Sisters only average around 10,000 ft. in elevation, a great deal of precipitation falls here in the winter (as evidenced by the number of glaciers on the peaks’ flanks), and this in turn obviously influences the conditions and seasons available to climb.


Season: May-September (weather per-

mitting). Location: On Metolius River,

one mile north of Camp Sherman Store.

Access: From Sisters, 9.6 miles northwest on Hwy. 20, then 6.1 miles north on

Road 14, then one mile north on 1419.

"Their slumbering power reminds us that the natural world is mightier than the transient works of man."

Elevation: 2,900 feet. Facilities: Vault

toilets, piped drinking water, tables and grills. Sites: 10 combined (tent or RV). Special Activities: Catch-and-release

fishing, trails. Rates: $16 per day. Max-

imum 14-day stay. Reservations: None. Details: CANDLE CREEK


Season: May-September (weather per-

The tent is the focal point of most

the Metolius River in Camp Sherman.

camper, there are a couple of different

mitting). Location: Last campground on Access: From Sisters, 12.4 miles north-

west on Hwy. 20, then 12.3 miles north

on F.S. Road 12, and then 1.6 miles east

on F.S. Road 1200-980. Elevation: 2,700 feet. Facilities: Vault toilets, tables and

grills. Sites: 10 combined (tent or RV).

Average parking apron size: 20x28 feet. Special Activities: Catch-and-release

fishing, trails. Rates: $12 per day. Max-

imum 14-day stay. Reservations: None. Details: W H AT T O B R I N G

Tent, Tarp, and Sleeping Bag.

Pot, pan, dishes, utensils, and fire-starting materials (preferably waterproof matches or a butane lighter).

Utility knife and length of rope. Plenty of water.

Energy rich, easily prepared foods and snacks.

Plenty of clothing.

camping trips. If you’re a beginning

tent tips to remember. First and fore-

most, practice pitching your tent before you head to the campsite. Being able to

do it quickly and effectively is extremely valuable. When looking for a place to

set up, always look for a “natural bed” of soft, flat soil – but avoid the bottom of hills or valleys. Finally, always set up a

tarp below your tent to avoid potential damage or water-logging.

Campers can also benefit from a

few non-specific outdoor principles.

Rule number one, no matter the time

of year, is to dress in (or at least carry)

layers. It’s the easiest and most effective way to control your body temperature. Secondly, learn how to use a GPS

or map and compass. No matter how

familiar you are with a certain wooded area, getting lost among acres of

ACTIVITIES 1. Go for a hike: Sisters’ main attraction

is its stunning natural beauty and there’s lots to explore if you want to get out in it.

2. Drive McKenzie Hwy.: Take Highway

242 out the west end of town (when

open) up and over the Cascades to see some of the most spectacular scenery the Sisters Country has to offer.

3. Ride a bike: You can take that

McKenzie Highway trip on two wheels or just tool around town. Visit local bike shops for ideas for rides.

4. Visit Camp Sherman: You simply

must experience the peace and beauty of the Metolius River and the surrounding community, one of the most treasured places in Oregon.

6. Dine out: Sisters Country has many great choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner – and to suit all tastes and budgets.

similar-looking trees is very easy.

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Camping along the PNW coast is beautiful. There are beaches, wildlife, wonderful hiking trails and much more to discover. Whether your preference is an easy bike ride along a country road, or hitting the dunes in your buggy, there truly is something for everyone here. But there are a few things to know before you head to the coast, before you pitch that tent or park that RV.

Beaches Be warned that the beaches here aren't of the Jersey Shore or San Diego kind. They aren't made for lounging and you likely won't find an ice cream vendor or even a lifeguard tower on most beaches.

Weather First, keep the weather in mind. Even in the summer, you should assume you will get rained on. The area is green, lush and beautiful. It didn't get that way through sunny and dry summers, so it's safe to assume that you will get a little of that wetness. Always pack a poncho and waterproof shoes when camping along the coast. It's always good to have more socks than you think you'll need as well. Many of the PNW coast campgrounds are fairly rustic, so don't assume you'll be able to get what you need (like socks) at the camp store. It's best to pack what you need and then get any extras before you get off the highway and head west. I S S U E 0 31 /WI NTER 2 017


Cape Kiwanda

LIGHTHOUSE Cape Meares Lighthouse. NATIONAL FOREST Siuslaw National Forest. SCENIC DRIVE Pacific Coast Scenic Byway Oregon. Starts in Astoria and continues south to Brookings. Length: 363 miles; 584.2 km. Three Capes Scenic Loop 40 mile drive starting in Pacific City looping through Cape Kiwanda, Cape Lookout and Cape Meares. STATE PARKS Bob Straub State Parkark. GPS: 45.202309 N; -123.965722 W. Cape Kiwanda State Park. GPS: 45.21559 N; -123.9697 W. Cape Lookout State Park. GPS: 45.36682 N; -123.9621 W. Cape Meares State Park. GPS: 45.469878 N; -123.968901 W. 06

PROS Open sandy beach. Unique sandstone landform. CONS Vehicles driving and parked on beach. REGION Northern Oregon Coast, OR DAY-USE/PARKING PASS REQUIRED Not Required BEACH Open, sandy beach, Rocky Shore TIDE POOLS No WILDLIFE: Seabirds CAMP LOCATIONS Barview Jetty Park Kilchis River Park Trask River Park Webb Park Whalen Island Park Woods Park Cape Lookout State Park Nehalem Bay State Park

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Cape Kiwanda is part of the Three Capes Scenic Route (along with Cape Meares and Cape Lookout). Kiwanda is the smallest of the three, but it is one of the best places to experience spectacular wave action. Pacific City is the home of the Pacific Dory Fleet. South of Cape Kiwanda is the dory boat launching area. North of Cape Kiwanda to Tierra Del Mar is a stretch of beach popular with picnickers. Kiwanda provides great hang gliding and kite flying opportunities. It is an extremely popular day-use area, and the unfortunate policy that keeps the beach open to vehicles only adds to the congestion of this natural area.

However, a short haul up the cape’s dunes will quickly put you in a setting that is far more serene. From atop the cape you’ll get the best views of the eroded yellow sandstone headland, the area’s birdlife, Haystack Rock to the southwest, Nestucca Bay to the south, and Cape Lookout to the north.

South Beach State Park Situated next to the Yaquina Bay Bridge, South Beach State Park begins in south Newport and stretches several miles down the Oregon coast. This large campground has easy access to the beach. Lucky folks who sign up early and pay a few bucks extra can join a guided paddle trip up the nearby Beaver Creek estuary. The paved jetty trail provides a perfect place to jog or ride a bicycle. Forgot your bike? The Hospitality Center rents out bikes daily during the summer months. Other activities around the park include fishing, crabbing, boating, surfing and beachcombing. "We made reservations to camp at this campground for $21 plus $8 dollars to reserve a spot online. We checked in at 3pm and the lady at the desk was friendly. The campground was about 30 minutes from the Yaquina Natural Area where we were going to spend

Attractions nearby include the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, marine life exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Coast Aquarium. • Approximately 225 electrical sites with water. • Approximately 60 tent sites (seasonal availability). • 27 yurts (14 pet-friendly). • Three group tent camping areas (seasonal availability).

the day. The campground was clean with a good amount of trees and the bathrooms were really nice with showers to use for free. We were only about a 5-min-

ute walk away from the beach and our stay was a good one." (Review from

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Shi Shi Beach Widely (and rightly) revered as one of our region’s most beautiful beaches, Shi Shi is a magnet for hikers and backpackers. With towering sea stacks framing miles of beach, and wind-curved conifers dotting the shoreline, this extreme northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula really brings the vistas. Hike a mellow couple of miles out to the cliff, then brace your knees for the steep descent to the beach and scope out the perfect tent-pitching spot (if you’re there on a summer weekend, you’ll likely have lots of company nearby). Build a fire, and pack all food in that bear canister, now required along the Olympic

National Park coastline, thanks to the ingenuity of local raccoons and bears.

Breathe in the salty air, train your gaze on that churning surf and settle back in the sand to revel in the quintessential Northwest sunset. Dogs prohibited; pass required; visit for details. About 4.5 hours northwest of Seattle; take U.S. 101 west to Neah Bay.

Cannon Beach National Geographic Magazine named Cannon Beach “one of The World’s 100 Most Beautiful Places” in their June 2013 issue. Cannon Beach is the has-it-all destination for

beach-bound families. With miles of sand for castling, wriggling tide pools for viewing (and ew-ing) and those remarkable, primordial sea stacks, it’s a beachy feast for the senses. That comes as no surprise to those who have experienced the miles of scenic sandy beach with dramatic shoreline rock formations like Haystack Rock. Cannon Beach offers the perfect setting for a refreshing stroll, a warm gathering around a beach fire or exploring the Oregon Coast’s remarkable natural areas. There are dozens of public beach accesses that offer passage to this scenic wonderland. In addition to the unbeatable view from the beach, Cannon Beach offers


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easy access to several great viewpoints and natural areas, like nearby Ecola State Park with its unforgettable vistas, to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Oregon Coast. Just steps from downtown Cannon Beach are breathtakingly beautiful beaches and just a few minutes away are some of the best viewpoints and natural areas on the Oregon Coast. You'll encounter dramatic rock formations, stunning beaches, lush rainforest, waterfalls and unforgettable State Parks. Here are some of the don't miss spots for great sightseeing during your Cannon Beach visit:

What to do Castaway’s Restaurant & Tiki Bar (316 N Fir St.; 503.436.8777), where locals line up out the door for a taste of the spot-on Jamaican jerk chicken, fierce rum punch and friendly service. For some insight to a little Cannon Beach History head to the Cannon Beach History Center and Museum. Knowing the history of Cannon beach will only deepen and flavor your experience of this beautiful territory. The end

The Beach & Haystack Rock: Nearly four miles of sandy beach stretch out north and south of downtown Cannon Beach with Oregon's iconic Haystack Rock sitting approximately midway on this scenic paradise. Venture further and you'll find more beaches and dramatic rock formations that have made the Oregon Coast famous for its dramatic landscapes. Ecola State Park: Just minutes from downtown Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park tops the not-to-be-missed list of viewpoints and recreation areas. A $5 State

Parks day-use fee is required for parking and it’s the best bargain of any attraction on the Oregon Coast.

your day astride a sandy steed; take a horseback ride on the beach at sunset at Sea Ranch Resort.

Arcadia Beach: Located just two miles south of Cannon Beach is a picnic area and beach access at the Arcadia Beach State Recreation Site. The beach features rock f­ ormations and tidepools. Walk north to Silver Pointor about a mile south to Hug Point.

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