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  • Looking from the dune, a shot down a beach, rocks and driftwood are in the foreground, then sand, then ocean waves. Two people are walking on the beach, there are large outcroppings and a peninsula in the distance.
    Oregon State Parks
    Cities including Bandon and Ashland are waiting for guidance from the state Legislature to decide whether to close trails to avoid new potential liability.
  • A hiker stands at a table full of various foods inside a covered shelter. The hiker is pulling a piece of bread out of a bag.
    Roman Battaglia
    Jefferson Public Radio
    Every year, some of the most committed backpackers brave over 2,600 miles along the Pacific Crest Trail, on their way from Mexico to Canada. When they see a road for the first time in days, they’re occasionally lucky enough to run into helpful people waiting with fresh fruit or cold beer to greet them. On the PCT, this backpacking experience known as “trail magic” is alive and well.