Umpqua National Forest, Oregon
Backpack Through the Cascade Range
A 230-mile natural-gas pipeline will cut through some of Oregon’s most pristine backcountry—at least if a Canadian energy company gets its way. The wilderness in question includes the iconic Umpqua National Forest, located in the Cascade Mountains and home to some of the Lower 48’s few remaining wild-salmon runs. If green-lit, the pipeline could jeopardize the forest’s waterways, and will necessitate that old-growth trees be cut down.
Go Now: The 11-mile-round-trip Brice Creek Trail passes pools perfect for a mid-hike summer swim. Stay the night at the Cedar Creek Campground. —J.R. Sullivan
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