GO HERE: Hike and Happy Hour
Walking the hills through summer heat will leave you thirsty, and perhaps longing for your favorite beverage as the sun sets. We are fortunate to reside in the foothills of the Siskiyous, which have landscapes of the right soil and climate to grow grapes and hops. The rise in an economy supported by vineyards, wineries, and microbreweries when combined with a local hike, makes for a luxurious weekend excursion. Here’s a few of the favorite pairings:
The Applegate region is burgeoning with new and reclaimed hiking trails, as well as a growing list of wineries. Hike or bike the warm oak hillsides of the Sterling Mine Ditch trail in the Little Applegate and stay feral with the delicious Wild Wines, make in small batches from seasonally harvest flowers, fruits, and berries. While in the neighborhood, you can check out the many Applegate Reservoir area trails and try the Cowhorn Winery (Thurs – Sunday), for Syrah, Grenache, Viognier, Marsanne and Roussanne, and other varieties. It is the first certified Biodynamic estate wineries and commercial farms in the United States.
Treat yourself to a longer hike or overnight in the Marble Mountain Wilderness; to the dramatic Sky High Lakes basin from the popular Lover’s Camp trailhead, or an out-and-back walk on the Pacific Crest Trail from Sawyer’s Bar Road. Afterwards stop by the quaint bar with delicious brews; the Etna Brew Pub in Etna, CA or their taphouse in Yreka (both open Wed-Saturday)
If the inland country is too hot for you, head for the coast and explore the magnificent Oregon coast in the Samuel Boardman State Park, and north to Cape Sebastian or the mouth of the Rogue River. Pay a tribute to the folks who brew delicious beers at Arch Rock Brewing Company in Gold Beach, and give them a high-five for supporting the protection of the local Hunter Creek and Pistol River from threats of nickel strip mining.