Photo: Kid jumping into irrigation channel

Local kids float down one of the many irrigation channels in Klamath Falls, Oregon.

Photograph by David McLain, Aurora Photos

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Quiet K-Falls has shed its lumber town origins and become a high-desert getaway on Upper Klamath Lake’s bottom lip. Ride or hike the OC&E Woods Line State Trail, a 95-mile (153-kilometer) protected path (and Oregon’s longest state park) through pine forests, deep valleys, and juniper- and sage-covered ranchlands. Then hit the Upper Klamath for more than 30 rapids, up to Class IV—the state’s most rollicking white-water run.


The OC&E Woods Line State Trail is a classic combo of industrial and natural terrain. It begins as a paved trail, where steam engines used to chug through in the early 1900s, then converts into a lush path surrounded by woods, rivers, and ranchlands. Both parts of the dichotomy are great for biking and hiking. Grab two wheels at Hutch’s Bicycle Store ($30 a day; +1 541 850 2453). Through summer and fall, the Ashland-based Momentum River Expeditions leads one and two-day rafting trips along the Upper Klamath ($149 for one day and $359 for two days;


Green beer is not just for St. Patty’s Day. The brews at Klamath Basin Brewing Company are made by heating hops over natural geo-thermal hot springs ( They also serve upscale takes on bar food, like “drunken mussels,” steamed in a broth of orange juice, tomato, garlic, parmesan, and their own Hogsback Hefeweizen.


CrystalWood Lodge LLC, a cozy B&B about 40 minutes outside of town, is built around a renovated homesteader’s 1892 post office, aid station, and schoolhouse (doubles from $95;