Articles by Cari Soong

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What are some good drives to see waterfalls that are just a short hike from the road?

Thanks for the question! There are some very easy-to-follow routes for waterfall lovers. I recommend you either order a free copy of the Oregon Scenic Byways magazine or view it online as it really outlines the routes with beautiful pictures. …

March 5th, 2014- Post Your Answer
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What are some good family-friendly lake resorts where we can go kayaking?

There are some really cool places to visit where you can enjoy a vacation rental with access to kayaking. Twin Lakes Resort is a paddler’s dream as no motorized boats are allowed. It is in a rather remote area between the Willamette Valley and…

December 20th, 2013- Post Your Answer
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Where can I take my family rafting, fishing and hiking near Eugene?

Thanks for the question. I suggest a trip east on Highway 126 from Eugene. You can raft on the McKenzie River. There are numerous guided trips. I highly recommend Helfrich Outfittersand if you want to begin and end at Belknap Hot Springs…

November 24th, 2013- Post Your Answer
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Where are some good spots for a scenic Oregon camping and fishing trip?

Thanks for the question! As you can imagine there are a ton of great places to camp and fish in Oregon. The following is a list of my favorites based on region. Coast:Gold Beach or Loon Lake near Reedsport. There are some really cool coastal…

October 2nd, 2013- Post Your Answer
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We want to go camping near good breweries in Eugene. What do you suggest?

Thanks for the question! There are a couple of camping options near Eugene. I think the best one is Armitage County Park. It’s about equal distance to Hop Valley and Agrarian Ales. You could actually bike to both, there is a very wide…

September 5th, 2013- Post Your Answer
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Where should I start a hike on the McKenzie River Trail?

Great question! The McKenzie River Trail is one that is near and dear to my heart. I like to think of the trail as 3 different sections. The upper portion begins at Clear Lake. You can hike around the lake which is very beautiful (or rent row boats…

July 31st, 2013- Post Your Answer
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We’re an active family of 4 looking for a week of Oregon adventures. What do you suggest?

Thanks for the question! I will give you a basic breakdown of the state’s adventure offerings and once you decide where in Oregon you would like to visit I can narrow down the options and give you some more detail. Also, the time of year…

July 1st, 2013- Post Your Answer
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Where are good places to camp near mountain biking trails?

Oakridge (50 miles east of I-5 near Eugene) has hundreds of miles of trails. You can camp at Salmon Creek Campground and ride from your campsite about 50 feet onto the Salmon Creek trail. For some of the more challenging and thrilling trails in…

May 30th, 2013- Post Your Answer
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What do we need to know before cycling the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway?

Thanks for the question! I biked the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway in 2011 (readmy blog from the ride) and it was one of the best trips I’ve ever been on. I rode in the opposite direction you’re planning, finishing the ride at…

May 28th, 2013- Post Your Answer
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20 Favorite Oregon Hikes

May 1st, 2013

As the Outdoor Adventure Ask Oregon expert, I’m often asked questions that are difficult to answer. The most…

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About Author Cari Soong

Cari Soong is the Assistant Manager of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Center in Springfield, Oregon. When she isn't sending visitors out on adventures throughout the region, she is pursuing her passion for outdoor recreation. From bicycling and hiking to snowboarding, she is always in search of the next epic excursion. She has called Oregon home since 2004 and thrives on finding new favorites around the state. She's always eager to share her expert advice and help others plan their trips.

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