Toketee Falls<br/>Photo courtesy Zach Urness / Grants Pass Daily Courier
Toketee Falls
Photo courtesy Zach Urness / Grants Pass Daily Courier
Red Buttes Wilderness<br/>Photo courtesy Zach Urness / Grants Pass Daily Courier
Red Buttes Wilderness
Photo courtesy Zach Urness / Grants Pass Daily Courier
Mount McLoughlin towers at 9,495 foot summit. A challenging trail gets you near the top.<br/>Photo courtesy Lee Webb  / USDA Forest Service
Mount McLoughlin towers at 9,495 foot summit. A challenging trail gets you near the top.
Photo courtesy Lee Webb / USDA Forest Service

WHERE TO GO

When you’re ready to take a hike, take a look at these ideas gleaned from Zach’s time as a writer for the Grants Pass Daily Courier and the Statesman Journal. The StatemanJournal.com website features Zach’s Top 10 choices.

The book, “Hiking Southern Oregon” (available online), gives you 360 pages of places to go, natural beauty to see.

Zach Urness makes his living exploring Oregon's less-traveled roads. As outdoors writer for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Zach spends his days climbing mountains, rafting rivers and hiking trails.

When it came time to put some of his experiences together, Zach and fellow outdoors writer Art Bernstein chose to feature their favorite Southern Oregon hiking trails. Now we can follow in their footsteps.

"The best part of writing a book about Southern Oregon is the chance to feature those wonderful places few people have heard of, let alone visited," Zach writes on the StatesmanJournal.com website. "Gearhart Mountain and the Red Buttes Wilderness, Devil's Punchbowl and Magic Canyon — Vulcan Lake and Puck Lake and Wildhorse Lake — all offer spectacular beauty yet resonate with only a tiny fraction of Oregon's populace.”