Located between the population centers of Portland and Eugene,Oregon’s Willamette Valley boasts rich opportunities for outdoorrecreation that are too often overlooked. Wild in theWillamette is a guidebook to the natural treasures of themid-Willamette Valley, extending far beyond the familiar I-5 corridor.Sprinkled with natural history sidebars and infused with essays bynotable local authors, it aims to connect residents and visitors withthe best hiking, biking, and paddling opportunities the mid-Valleyoffers.
With a special focus on seven watersheds—the Marys, Calapooia,South Santiam, North Santiam, Luckiamute, Yamhill, and Pudding—aswell as the middle portion of the main stem Willamette River, the bookdescribes a range of outings at different levels of challenge. Familieswith young children, day hikers, long-distance backpackers, kayakers,canoeists, bird watchers, and cyclists alike will find ideas forspending a satisfying afternoon or venturing outside for a multidaytrip.
Whether choosing a wheelchair-accessible trail, a rugged hike in awilderness area, a dip in a rocky swimming hole, a paddle on the broadWillamette, or a bike ride through farmland—whether lifetimeresidents or week-long visitors—outdoor enthusiasts will benefitfrom detailed notes on the history and ecology of this special place.Armchair travelers will also find reward in the book’s literaryand natural history offerings.
Generously illustrated with maps and keys to the area’s manyattractions, Wild in the Willamette, a companion volume to thePortland-Vancouver region’s Wild in the City, is an essentialguide to the natural wonders of Oregon’s mid-WillametteValley.
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