By William L. Sullivan
This vintage consultant to Oregon's leisure heartland (the Bend, Eugene, Mt. Jefferson, and 3 Sisters parts) has been thoroughly up-to-date. The 3rd version gains sixteen pages of colour pictures, a dozen new hikes, campground & cabin condo details, a colour wildflower identity consultant, and a advisor to scorching springs.
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Extra info for 100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades
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