United States Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, North Pacific Region, 1931.
Softcover. Very good. Single 17" x 22" sheet folded to 8.5" x 3.5". Map in three sections on one side, 10 text panels (most illustrated) and covers on the other. Very good, with an ink correction marked "new route" on the central section of the map. An uncommon early guide to the Oregon Sklyline Trail, which covered 260 miles between Mount Hood and Crater Lake when it opened in 1920. By 1936, it had been extended to 428 miles, from Cascade Locks on the Columbia River south to Siskiyou Summit near the Oregon-California border. Today it is part of the Pacific Crest Trail. The April 1932 issue of Sunset Magazine notes receipt of this map and describes the trail for its readers: "From the glacier covered slopes of Mt. Hood to the rim of that blue jewel, Crater Lake, stretches this Skyline Trail. You can follow it by hiking, but saddle trips are preferable. It is fairly easy to follow, having been conveniently marked by rangers, and it leads through some wildly beautiful country. Connections may be made to the Trail by auto to Crater Lake, Mt. Hood, The Dalles, or Medford and Klamath, Eugene or Bend, for the McKenzie Highway almost bisects the Skyline Trail. Once started on your trip by pack and sad-dle horse, there are a few improved camps along the route, but for the most part you "rough it." The lakes are all pure and wholesome, but you must be well furnished with supplies for the first half of the trail. At or near the route that touches Elk, Odell, Crescent, and Diamond Lakes, however, supplies and sleeping accommodations are available. There are about 250 lakes scattered along or close to the main trail. The larger lakes have excellent fishing, and many of the smaller lakes are teeming with trout. Deer and bear are plentiful. Excellent hiking and beautiful scenery are to be found. This is wild country, and hikers or riders who invade it must study the forest ranger maps of this region, giving location of telephones, supplies, camps, etc." The text here discusses trail conditions, camps, supplies, fire permits, and other practical information for hikers.