Happily, it seems there are also many lesser known trails designated as National Recreation Trails and Ron and I ran across one following a recommendation at the forest service visitor center in Lakeview, OR. It's the Fremont National Recreation Trail - 135 miles long, but we didn't go that far. :-D
It's well marked with these distinctive signs.
We accessed the trail at a high point, so it wasn't long before the view opened up.
We spotted some wildlife . . .
And our first signs of autumn.
Speaking of the PCT (well, I was before), I recently read a book about a young woman who hiked 1100 miles of it by herself. Wild (From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) by Cheryl Strayed is a really interesting story of both the hike and her transformation while accomplishing this feat. I highly recommend it.
I'll finish with this yard art that Ron spotted in Lakeview. Pretty cute, huh?