100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades by William L. Sullivan

By William L. Sullivan

This vintage consultant to Oregon's leisure heartland (the Bend, Eugene, Mt. Jefferson, and 3 Sisters components) has been thoroughly up to date. The 3rd variation beneficial properties sixteen pages of colour photographs, a dozen new hikes, campground & cabin condo info, a colour wildflower identity advisor, and a consultant to scorching springs.

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