Published: October 2009Best Adventure Towns
Klamath Falls

Klamath Falls, Oregon

Plan a long weekend getaway with our Klamath Falls adventure guide, featuring great outdoor escapes, where to stay, and where to eat. Then chime in with your picks.

Photograph courtesy of Shirley Kappas

Pop. 21,305
GPS: 42°13N; 121°46W

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 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.

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PLAY
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; 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; momentumriverexpeditions.com).

EAT
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 ( kbbrewing.com). 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.

SLEEP
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; crystalwoodlodge.com).

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