Backroads of Oregon: Your Guide to Oregon's Most Scenic Backroad Adventures, by Rhonda Ostertag and George Ostertag
The authors have divided the state into five regions and provided tips and suggestions for following five or six off-the-beaten-path road trips in each one. Some of the routes are well-known to most visitors, like the Pacific Coast Scenic byway or the loop through Hell's Canyon. But other trips, like the one that in the Four Craters Wilderness area that goes past Fort Rock near Christmas Valley and up to the incomparable geologic feature Crack-in-the-Ground, are definite paths-less-taken.
As in the other volumes in the Voyageur Press's Pictorial Discovery Guide series, like Backroads of Southern California and Backroads of Washington, the photos in this very entertaining guide book are stunning and inspired an instant yen to hit the road in a Pacific northwesterly direction. The next time I actually am planning a trip a trip to anywhere in Oregon, I know I will find this book very useful in finding those out-of-the-way places that a casual visitor only finds occasionally. Two previously unfamiliar places described in this book that are accessible from roads that I thought I knew include Fishhawk Falls near Astoria and the Smelt Sands State recreation area near Cape Perpetua -- an enchanting place of crashing winter waves this book has added to my must-see list.
Backroads of Oregon does a wonderful
job of providing information about little-known fresh-water
angling locations and plenty of tips for finding trails for
exploring on foot. The book also includes some excellent maps
and a good collection of historical photographs that meld
well with the current-day route suggestions. There are some
great road shots and we believe you will enjoy taking a virtual
road trip through some of Oregon's most scenic locations.