THE OLYMPIAN - A late October hike along the stretch of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail between Wolf Gap and Bear Gulch offers more than a testament to the fall colors of Southern Oregon.
The oak leaves are now popping neon splashes of browns and rusty reds on ridge after ridge after ridge all the way to the Red Buttes of Northern California.
"That's got some gorgeous views of the ridges around the Little Applegate and beyond," says Hope Robertson of the Siskiyou Upland Trails Association, which works on the trail. "And the colors of the oak woodlands are just gorgeous."
This sliver of the Sterling Mine Ditch Trail is one of five fall hikes that highlight the turning flora and returning fauna of Southern Oregon — including the spawning fall chinook salmon of the Rogue River Basin.