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I give 2 stars only because it has a list of hikes in Oregon as advertised. Beyond that? Here's an example, hike 29. Mosier Falls, page 100 - says there are 2 tunnels, a half mile long each.
There's only 1 tunnel, really, and its in no way a half mile long by itself (a 1/4 at best for all of the 'tunnels' combined). It's also not all tunnel - the 2nd half was much more recently engineered, and its probably to protect the trail from rock/snow slides. Not what I would call picturesque by any stretch of the imagination on that 2nd half.
After the tunnels, the book says it's level all the way to the old mile marker at the 2 mile point. This is also not true, it's a steady uphill climb from here for about a mile to the 2 mile point.
I'd say he got the part about their being tunnels on this hike partially right (since there is only 1 now that the rock catchment system is in place), and the fact that it's pretty hot here in the summer right. Other than that, I think it's obvious the author has never even seen this trail before.
Blair's guide has many valuable hikes listed, but it has a few problems. First of all, it lacks the standard map of all the hike locations, usually given on an early page in most books, pinpointing where all the hikes are---so determining the amount of driving needed. He does, however, divide the hike chapters into 7 geographical areas. Secondly, he produced the individual hike maps by drawing the route on the small square of the topographical map corresponding to the location. This method gives a lot of extraneous background words and lines, obscuring the actual path of the hike. The worst thing about this is that you often cannot descry the road leading to the trailhead (though itis mentioned in the hike description) because the topo omits it.. These mistakes could be corrected without much effort, making it a more useful guide. Yet, it does contain good descriptions of 85 easy hikes, so worth having. The second revision is still fairly recent (2016).
I was excited to receive this book for Christmas. The book is well written and organized but he missed adding Southern Oregon into the book. There are so many great hikes in the Medford-Ashland-Grants Pass area but there’s nothing about this entire part of Oregon. The closest hike is Crater Lake which is 80 miles away.