Southern Oregon trail courses 79 miles through a wonderland

Southern Oregon trail courses 79 miles through a wonderland
In this undated photo people walk on the Tioga Bridge that divides the Swiftwater and Tioga trail segments near the popular Susan Creek day-use area in Oregon. Hike the entire length of the North Umpqua Trail, lovingly called “the NUT” by some, and you could have traveled on foot across the widest part of Vermont. (Collin Andrew/The Register-Guard via AP)

Hike the entire length of the North Umpqua Trail, lovingly called "the NUT" by some, and you could have traveled on foot across the widest part of Vermont.

At current melt rate, Mt. Baker glacier to disappear in 50 years

At current melt rate, Mt. Baker glacier to disappear in 50 years
In this Aug. 7, 2015, photo a team of scientists climb Sholes Glacier in Mount Baker, Wash. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)
Mauri Pelto digs his crampons into the steep icy slope on Mount Baker in Washington state and watches as streams of water cascade off the thick mass of bare, bluish ice.

Photographer gets incredible shots of the Northern Lights at Mt. Baker

Photographer gets incredible shots of the Northern Lights at Mt. Baker
The Northern Lights as seen from Artist Point near Mt. Baker on Aug. 22, 2015. (Photo courtesy: Jack Nichols)

Jack Nichols and his friend Nate had a plan under what should have been a starry night Saturday night - wait until midnight when the quarter moon sets and it's totally black, then head up to Artist Point and get some amazing shots of the Milky Way galaxy over a majestic Mt. Baker.

Annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Wednesday night!

Annual Perseid Meteor Shower peaks Wednesday night!
Perseid meteor streaks across the sky on Aug. 12, 2013. (Photo: Toby Smith)

Living in the cloudy Pacific Norhtwest, Oregonians frequently miss out on the annual celestial events, but there's one big event that coincides with the clearest time of the year: The Perseid Meteor Shower. 

5 glorious backpacking routes not to miss in Eastern Oregon

5 glorious backpacking routes not to miss in Eastern Oregon
This Feb. 19, 2011 photo, shows High Lake in the Strawberry Mountain Wilderness in Oregon. The best way to experience these wild and beautiful mountains is with a backpacking trip. (Zach Urness/Statesman Journal via AP)

Eastern Oregon is home to a colorful collection of mountains with names such as Wallowa, Blue, Strawberry and Steens — places of sweeping alpine topography and oddball geology — that are visited far less than their brethren on the west side.

New fishing rules to save 'stressed,' dying fish

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This undated photo provided by Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a steelhead in the Lower Deschutes. For many anglers, fall is all about summer steelhead — and the Lower Deschutes is one of the best rivers in the West to fish for the elusive, aggressive, oceangoing rainbow trout. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via The Bulletin)

You can't fish for trout, salmon, steelhead or sturgeon on some rivers, says Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Guided hikes on Mount St. Helens offer up-close views

Guided hikes on Mount St. Helens offer up-close views
In this June 25, 2015, photo, photographer Mike Siegel of the Seattle Times stands during an uphill hike on Mount St. Helens in Washington. A group of local media were invited to take part in a new hike that later in the summer the Mount St. Helens Institute will offer, guided hikes featuring up-close views of the glacier and the inside of the crater. (Natalie Behring/The Columbian via AP).

There's another feature inside the crater that's often overlooked in this active volcano. It's also a relative rarity: a glacier that's growing in size, not shrinking.

Northern Lights make for brilliant show over Pacific Northwest

Northern Lights make for brilliant show over Pacific Northwest
Photo: Holly Davison Photography

Western wildfires: Firefighters battle blazes in 4 states

Western wildfires: Firefighters battle blazes in 4 states
A “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from an Alaska National Guard helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska.
Wildfires are tearing through some drought-stricken areas of the West. They include a massive blaze in a remote area and some smaller but dangerous fires.

$700 million plan to help salmon habitat faces new challenge

$700 million plan to help salmon habitat faces new challenge
FILE--In this July 24, 2007, file photo, dust and debris fly as explosives are set off at the Marmot Dam on the Sandy River near Sandy, Ore., in the first step towards its, complete removal. Plans for various iterations of salmon restoration in the Columbia River Basin have been litigated in court for more than two decades and the battle is about to resume. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, Pool)

A massive federal habitat restoration effort in the Columbia River Basin has spent more than $700 million on breaching levies, restoring tidal channels, reconnecting floodplains and other actions meant to boost salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by hydroelectric dams.

Warm water leads to early spring Chinook salmon deaths

Warm water leads to early spring Chinook salmon deaths
Chinook salmon moving upstream (FILE Photo: Wikicommons)

State wildlife officials are blaming warm water in the northwest for unusually high numbers of chinook salmon carcasses found in the Willamette, Clackamas and Santiam rivers.

Trail drawing upsurge of hikers seeking a "Wild" adventure

Trail drawing upsurge of hikers seeking a "Wild" adventure
File--In this Aug. 30, 2007, file photo, Andrew Schurr leads Cal Seabaugh up the Pacific Crest Trail near Santiam Pass, Ore., in the Oregon Cascades. For the first time, the U.S. Forest Service has restricted, to 50 per day, the number of "thru-hikers" embarking from the trail's southernmost point in Campo, Calif. (David Patton/Albany Democrat Herald via AP, file)

Build a trail from Mexico to Canada, and a trickle of hardy souls will see if they can cover it, pushing through parched desert, driving rain and sky-high fields of snow. Let Hollywood glamorize the trail a half-century later and the masses will arrive, prepared or not.

Pike Place fishmongers toss salmon to WPZ bears

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What do you get when you cross the Pike Place Fishmongers with grizzly bears at the zoo? A high-flying treat! Two fishmongers brought their world-famous salmon toss to Woodland Park Zoo on Thursday, and grizzly bear brothers Keema and Denali loved it. The event previews the zoo's annual "Bear Affair," which is Saturday, June 6th, 2015. Zookeepers and conservation experts will be on hand to offer tips on how to safely coexist with bears and other Northwest wildlife. (Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

What's the difference between tossing a fish to tourists, and to bears? A lot more risk...check out these pics from earlier in the week as the Pike Place Market fishmongers threw to Woodland Park Zoo bears!