Local woman reacts to closure of popular hiking trails

MEDFORD, Ore. — A local hiker who goes up the trails of the Rogue Valley nearly every weekend, calls the recent closure of the Table Rocks and other popular areas discouraging.

Megan Samuelson has been part of the Rushmore Society for three years.

The local group generally gets together and does all kinds of indoor and outdoor activities.

She says the group had 34 hikes planned before the pandemic and ‘Stay at Home’ order.

“I use hiking, physical activity and the outdoors in general as a method of self-care. The Table Rocks were nice because they were within a 20-30 minute drive from my home and really easily accessible, so it is disappointing,” said Samuelson.

Samuelson says she is hoping to go hiking again this summer.

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Mariah Mills
NBC5 News reporter Mariah Mills is a Medford native. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's Degree in journalism. She also minored in sociology. In school, she covered Oregon athletics for the student-run television station, Duck TV. When she's not reporting, she’s reading, hiking and rooting for her favorite teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Oregon Ducks.