When trails open in late Spring and the ice breaks up, make a dash to the Mountain Lakes Wilderness. The brook and rainbow trout have a rapacious appetite after the thaw. As Darren Roe attests, “They’ll eat anything!” I recommend caddis and small copper john patterns and mosquito dope for the fly fisherman! If you don’t like to hike, try the Upper Sycan country where you can drive to this brook trout heaven.
Crystal clear blue sky? Check. Crisp mountain air? Check. Awesome scenery in every direction? Check. Snow? Double check! Great. Get ready, get set, and GO!
Some of the most spectacular days in Klamath County are nestled between November and March, when snow-covered mountains, trees and fields beautifully contrast against the vast, blue sky. Local outdoor enthusiasts and the Farmer’s Almanac predict a snow-laden winter east of the Cascades. Cross-country skiers, downhill skiers and snowboarders are already looking forward to slapping on the equipment and making tracks. If your winter jam doesn’t include skiing or snowboarding, check out these ideas to have snow much fun in and around the Klamath Basin.
Local resident Stefan Savides is one of the most renowned avian sculptors in the world, whose work has been sought out by everyone from leading museums to Cabela’s Outfitters to Prince Akishino of Japan. But it’s the Klamath Basin that proudly boasts more of Savides’s public masterpieces than anywhere else. Bird lovers and art aficionados alike will want to set their GPS to enjoy a Klamath day trip of pure beauty.
“Hearing of the Dirty Pelican late, I was still able to get a team together quickly,” said Anne Ormsby, a local dental hygienist. “What a fun, well organized event! I cannot say enough about it and knowing the proceeds go to the Pregnancy Hope Center makes it even better. Sign up for it! You won’t regret it.”
With sunny days in the forecast, the desire to get outside and adventure is always on the mind. Luckily, these sizzling spots aren’t too far from home! Grab some sunscreen, pack your day bag and go explore the gems of the Basin!
Few cities have over 30 miles of single-track trail just moments from downtown. You could be working at The Gaucho Collective, a downtown co-working space, throw on your running shoes and be in Moore Park in less than ten minutes. Throughout the trail system there are views of the Klamath Lake, the basin and Mt. Shasta. You can even see to the rim of Crater Lake on a clear day.
The National Interscholastic Cycling Association’s (NICA) mission is to “build strong minds, bodies, character, and communities through cycling.” In 25 states, NICA has some 9,000 volunteer coaches who work with some 19,000 student-athletes from nearly 1,000 high schools and middle schools across the county. And Klamath Falls has a team!
Camping in this beautiful region has created such memorable experiences for my family, a time which we will undoubtedly remember fondly. Our children play from sun up to sun down while the adults hang out and reconnect. It doesn’t get much better than that! While camping is something I didn’t experience while growing up in South Dakota, I am so grateful to have the chance to share these special experiences with my family and friends here in Klamath Falls.