Depending on which legend you’re inclined to believe $8 mountain got its name from the discovery of a gold nugget worth $8. Or, you could go with the tale of the man who wore out an $8 pair of boots walking around the base of the mountain – as a bet. Personally, I like the legend of the $8 boots.
$8 Mountain & The Illinois River
Historically, $8 mountain was the setting of battle in the Rogue River Indian War, which I didn’t even know there was such a thing so look at me I learned something new on this little outing.
Wanting to find a trail for a hike along the river, we continued past $8 Mountain and followed the dirt road which ran alongside the Illinois River, this was our first siting of the river and it didn’t disappoint.
A Good Hike & Pretty Pictures
I’m not someone who will trek off into the wilderness for days at a time, sleep in a tent and pee in the woods, (I leave those adventures to our son) but I do absolutely love to be outside taking in mother nature at her finest. I love a good hike, it rejuvenates the soul to take in such beautiful things. It reminds me of what life is supposed to be all about – that corny old saying of, “stop and smell the roses.”
$8 Mountain and the Illinois River is the next post in our series featuring Southern Oregon and the Pacific Northwest.