GO HERE: Sweet Sunset Spots
By Jeanine Moy, Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center, Outreach Director
Whether for romantic, spiritual, or just momentary peace, the sunset is a wonderful way to close out the day. In the Siskiyou region, we are graced with infinite vantages to witness the last of evening glow sink behind the layers of mountains. For these locales, it is advised to bring along snacks, extra layers and a flashlight for the walk back to the trailhead.
Upper and Lower Table Rocks, Rogue Valley: These “islands in the sky” provide a unique location for viewing all sorts of celestial features. Standing upon old lava flows that once filled an ancient Rogue River-bed, you will have a slightly rugged walk, less than two miles down a wide gravel trail.
Greensprings Loop Trail, Rogue Valley Rim: Adjacent to the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, proposed for a science-based expansion, trails are relatively level for a couple miles through forest and sloping meadows. Hike the loop clockwise for a shorter trip to the open expanse and view west toward the sunset. At the Green Springs Summit take Little Hyatt Road, turn left on 39-3E-32 to park at a turnout on the left.
Dutchman Lookout Tower, Siskiyou Crest: Built 90 years ago, this lookout remains as one of the few staffed lookouts in Oregon, and provides reliable solitude, but still with convenient access for those with high clearance vehicles. Choose a scenic walk on the nearby Pacific Crest Trail and observe the rare plants at your feet. Take FS rd. 20 along the Siskiyou Crest to Spur Rd 800.