The Oregon Trail: Follow the path of the American Forefathers!

The Oregon Trail is one of the most scenic trails you can hope to explore in America. Replete with myriad vistas and sights – deserts, mountains, prairie, it seems to invite you all the way to the legendary shifting Western Frontier!

At 2000 miles, the Oregon Trail connects Independence in Missouri to Oregon City in Oregon. And it has numerous trails, with various ratings…

And here’s looking at four of the longest and highly rated trails that Oregon has to offer…

1.    Timberline Trail

One of the most famous trails in Oregon, it is about 41 miles long and goes around the highest mountain in Oregon, Mt. Hood. Each of the four compass points around the peak offers a different perspective. This trail is frequented by hikers who join it from a number of side trails.  

2.    Three Sisters Loop.

The three sisters loop is 55 miles long and so called because it weaves through a “family” of rounded volcanoes (the three sisters, the husband, the wife, the brother), which have limited glacier activity. The volcanic landscape is extremely beautiful and offers breathtaking lakes, streams, meadows and forests!

3.    Wallowa River Loop

In the northeast corner of Oregon, this loop goes through the Wallowa Mountains. It is a 35 mile long trail of alpine forests and cirques. It follows the East Fork up the Wallowa River and then the West Fork at the Eagle Cap Wilderness.

4.    Rogue River Trail

This trail is 41 miles long and is known for the animals you can spot here – deer and black bears. There are also a number of historical sites to be seen here. It connects Grave Creek to Foster Bar.

But then no trip can be complete without a guide, can it? Looking for a ready helper that you can carry in your backpack? So the ultimate and much recommended guide to backpacking across the Oregon trails is right here!

Traveling the Oregon Trail, 2nd (Historic Trail Guide Series) [Paperback] is the perfect book for all those who wish to explore the historic Oregon trail, especially on foot.

As the book rightly points out, the Oregon Trail was the site for much action during the 1800s when a massive number of people migrated across America. And so many years down the line when you want to attempt the same, not only have resources and equipments become more advanced, you today have this helpful, scenic touring guide written by Julie Fanselow.
And before you invest, here’s why you should keep it handy!

  • Gives an interesting history of the Oregon Trail
  • It includes a lot of great illustrations and is a pleasure to go through.
  • It includes a lot of interesting places; including those that are off the beaten track.
  • The trip is broken down into a day by day driving guide making it very easy to follow.
  • The maps you get are quite accurate and easy to use.
  • The information is also well sourced and accurate.
  • It also scores quite high as a guide book because the directions are easy to follow.
  • It includes assessments for the different spots and tells you what things you can do when you are there.
  • It is quite clear that the author gives firsthand knowledge and so there are fewer chances of mistakes.

In fact, as a customer suggests in a review at the book Traveling the Oregon Trail, 2nd (Historic Trail Guide Series) [Paperback] is “A must have for an Oregon Trail trip!” The book gets a high rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars at And now, to order your copy, and catch a sneak peek into the book, all you have to do is visit!

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