Gingerbread House

The gingerbread house in Moore Park is one of the park’s most recognizable features. A web of trails crisscross the park, and it is home to a variety of Basin wildlife.

The jewel of Klamath Falls.

That’s how Janet Larson describes Moore Park, with its lakefront picnic areas, grassy fields, tennis courts and a web of hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails that weave through tall ponderosa pine stands on Moore Mountain and boulder-laden fields above Link River Canyon.

“It’s a jewel,” said Larson, president of Friends of Moore Park. “You don’t have many cities with parks like this.”

But more than just scenery and wildlife (the park is home to several bald eagle pairs, a mountain lion, foxes and dozens, if not hundreds, of black-tail deer), Moore Park is a community of people who enjoy using and caring for the space.

The 563-acre park sits on the southwest shore of Upper Klamath Lake in northeast Klamath Falls. It is dissected by Lakeshore Drive, with lakefront recreation areas on one side and wooded mountains on the other. On the right trail, a hiker can travel from old growth pine stands to juniper woodlands to rocky sagebrush flats in a matter of minutes.

Friends of Moore Park helps maintain the area, from picking up trash and planting trees and grasses in burned areas to cutting new trails and closing off rogue trails created without permission. There are about 50 members in the group. They develop new projects and advise the city on what park-goers want from Moore Park, Larson said.

The group recently built wave breaks — piles of logs and boulders that will create riparian wetlands and prevent erosion — along the lakeshore. This summer, the group opened the Klamath Ridge View Trail, which stretches from the park’s interior 5.5 miles north, almost to the Running Y Ranch Resort.

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