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Juniper Group Hikes

Hikes for 2013

Hiking the CascadesHiking the Cascades
photo by Larry Pennington

About Our Schedule

Below is our schedule of hikes for the early part of the 2013 hiking season. Our leaders personal schedules change as the year progresses and the snowmelt is unpredictable some years, so we have decided plan only a few months ahead.  The schedule is and will remain a work in progress. We hope you will keep checking here for the current schedule.

Is the Hike Appropriate for You?

It is important that you evaluate whether this outing is appropriate for you. We have rated them from Beginner to Difficult using our experience as hikers and the ratings in the hiking guide books referenced. If your hiking experience is limited, several miles and several hundred feet of elevation gain may be more of a challenge than you expect, so be conservative with yourself in signing up for hike so as to not disappoint the other hikers. For more information about the nature of the hike, many of the hikes reference a published hiking guide book. Any medical conditions should be discussed with the Leader.  If you are thinking of bringing children, please inform the hike leader and have a discussion about the appropriateness of the hike for your children. Also note that some hikes are open to trail experienced dogs and others are not. If you would like to bring a dog on a hike marked "Dogs OK", please contact the trip leader. Too many dogs on one hike can be unpleasant for everyone (including the dogs).

Contact the Leader

You must contact the Leader by email or phone to confirm your attendance and meeting location prior to the hike. Leader contact information is available on our Contacts page. Group hikes in the Three Sisters and Waldo Lake Wilderness Areas are limited to 12 persons by Forest Service rules. Hikes in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness are limited to 20 persons. And, given the uncertainty of the weather in Central Oregon and the Cascades, plans may change at the last minute, so we need to be able to get in touch with you. We will meet at a designated time and location to car pool to the trailhead. Plan to reimburse your driver $3 to $5 for gas, depending on length of the drive. Also, if you are time constrained for the day, discuss this with the trip leader when you sign-up to ensure you are not unduly constraining the other hikers. On some hikes there are options to extend the hike or take side trips, and we usually stop on the way home for refreshments and some social time. Wear comfortable boots (a must) and several clothing layers to accommodate changing weather conditions. And before we depart the trailhead, we will need you to sign the Sierra Club Sign-in Sheet and Liability Waiver.

Schedule Changes

Added Mirror Lake on August 31.

Changed trailhead and route for Tumalo hike September 7.

Added Matthiew Lakes on September 14.

Added Masdon Tract on October 5.

2013 Juniper Group Hikes
Date Hike Location Description Difficulty Dist. Elev. Leader
3/23 Larry Chitwood Trail Badlands See the northern side of the Badlands off of Dodds Road. Hike a loop through old Juniper to Bat Rock for lunch, then back to the trailhead. Limit of 20. Dogs OK, kids OK, contact leader for both. Limit of 20. Easy 5 0 Larry Pennington
3/30 Smith Rock Trail Smith Rock State Park Cross footbridge, hike south along river to base of Monkey Face. Views of rock spires, Crooked River and climbers. (Best Easy Day Hikes: pg. 91) Easy 3-4 400 Gretchen Valido
4/06 Twin Bridges Tumalo Start from near where Twin Bridges Road crosses the Deschutes River (between Bend and Redmond) and hike south into the Deschutes River canyon for about two miles, then return. Easy 4 0 Alison Hamway
4/13 Badlands Ramble Badlands Explore the Western side of the Badlands on this off trail ramble that loops through lava formations in a little traveled area of the Badlands. We'll check out animal signs and ecology as we go. Dogs okay with leader approval. Limit of 12. Moderate 5-7 0 David Stowe
5/05 Farewell Bend Trail Loop Deschutes River, Bend Begin at Farewell Bend Park at Bill Healy Bridge on Reed Market Road. Follow the river trail under the bridge to the left, make the loop. Stop along the way to have lunch. Dogs okay on leash. Beginner 3.5-4 0 Gretchen Valido
5/10 Misery Ridge Smith Rock State Park Climb up to Misery Ridge from the Crooked River and back down the other way. Guaranteed heavy breathing with great Central Oregon views for a reward. Dogs on leash at all times. (Sullivan CO 100, pg. 84) Moderate 4 800 Deb Jackson Brewer
5/19 Alder Springs Holmes Road, between Sisters and Terrebonne Descend into the Whychus Creek canyon, ford the creek (you'll need water shoes), and hike on through the canyon to Alder Springs, a lush meadow with pond and Ponderosas. An option is to continue downstream to the Deschutes River intersection for lunch on a scenic rock (across from Scout Camp trail). No dogs, no kids. (Sullivan CO 100: pg. 82) Moderate 6.8 to 8.6 1600 to 1900 Alison Hamway
6/01 Scout Camp Crooked River Ranch Hike down into Deschutes River Canyon along the cliff to the intersection of the Deschutes River and Whychus Creek, then back up another way for a loop. Note: Although a short hike, the trail is steep, footing is loose in places, there is one rock climb, and we will need to look for rattlesnakes. No kids, no dogs, limit of 12. (Oregon Favorites: pg. 75) Easy to Moderate 3 600 Larry Pennington
6/08 Tumalo State Park Tumalo Meet at day use side at first parking lot. Walk along the river trail to boulder field. Views of canyon walls, Deschutes River rapids, forest. Lunch beside river. Dogs okay on leash. Beginner 2.5 25 Gretchen Valido
6/14 Metolius River Camp Sherman Start at Lower Canyon Creek and hike down to fish hatchery, passing numbers springs and falls. Wildflowers should be wonderful. Dogs okay with leader approval. (Sullivan CO 100, pg 76) Easy 5.4 100 Deb Jackson Brewer
6/22 La Pine State Park La Pine Easy loop hike follows the Deschutes River for the first half, then returns through the woods. Beginner 4 0 Alison Hamway
7/20 Canyon Creek Meadow Three Fingered Jack Loop hike begins at Jack Lake, then travels to wildflower meadows. Return along a creek through the woods (recovering from the B&B fire). Side trip to Wasco Lake OR hike to upper meadows (if snow has melted). Limit of 12. (Sullivan CO 100: pg. 72) Moderate 6-7.5 450-1400 Alison Hamway
7/27 Newberry Calderra Newberry National Monument Drive to the end of the road at East Lake and hike to the top of Cinder Hill for view of the entire Newberry caldera. Return the same way. On the way out we’ll stop at the Big Obsidian Flow. No dogs. (Sullivan CO 100: pg. 102) Moderate 6.4 1450 Larry Pennington
8/09 Green Lakes Cascade Lakes Hwy Start at Fall Creek trailhead across from Sparks Lake. The trail climbs through forest alongside Fall Creek for 1.5 miles of tumbling sparkling waterfall extravaganza, followed by meadows and flowers, and then a climb alongside a massive lava wall. The final treat is the Green Lakes basin with Broken Top and South Sister towering around you. Limit 12, No dogs. (Sullivan CO 100, pg. 134) Moderate 8.4 1100 Deb Jackson Brewer
8/10 Black Crater McKenzie Pass Hwy Hike from McKenzie Pass Hwy up through dense forest until you reach switchbacks and open alpine terrain with great views from the top. Limit of 12. No dogs. (Sullivan CO 100, pg. 120) Difficult 7.4 2500 Larry Pennington
8/23-25 Waldo Car Camp Waldo Lake Car camp Friday and Saturday night at a Waldo Lake campground. There will be a long and short hikes on Saturday followed by short hike Sunday so people can head home. This will be a joint activity with Many Rivers and Mary’s Peak groups. Dogs OK, contact leader. For more information this annual event, go to our Waldo Weekend Campout page. Variety TBD TBD David Stowe
8/31 Mirror Lake Cascade Lakes Hwy Hike into the Cascade Wilderness to Sisters Mirror Lake, past Junco Lake. We'll hike the loop trail, and return via Wickiup Plain. Limit of 12. No dogs, no kids. (Sullivan CO 100, pg 138) Moderate 8.3 700 Alison Hamway
9/07 Tumalo Creek Headwaters Skyliner Road Explore the land that supplies us with our drinking water as we ramble through high mountain meadows and lakes taking in wild flowers and scenic vistas along the way. We’ll visit the springs that supply most of our surface water, Tum lake, Lost Valley and possibly the source of Bridge Creek. 6 miles round trip with about 800 feet of elevation gain/loss. Some off trail work. Limit of 12. No dogs. (David) Click here for 2011 Bridge and Tumalo Creek Hike Photos. Moderate 6 800 David Stowe
9/14 Matthiew Lakes McKenzie Hwy Hike to two Cascade Lakes, one in a windswept mountain pass surrounded by Cascade peaks; the other in the woods with lava flows. Easy-moderate loop hike mostly through woods; top ridge has great views. No dogs, limit of 12. (Sullivan CO 100, pg 118) Easy to Moderate 6 800 Alison Hamway
10/5 Masdon Tract Tumalo Vicinity We'll hike from the trailhead off Newcomb Road down into Wildcat Canyon, and walk along the Deschutes into Eagle Crest and back again. Easy 5 400 Alison Hamway

Source Books:

Sullivan CO 100: “100 Hikes in the Central Oregon Cascades”, Third Edition, William L. Sullivan, Navillus Press, 2005
Best Easy Day Hikes: “Best Easy Day Hikes Bend and Central Oregon”, Lizann Dunegan, Falcon Guides, 2004
Exploring Oregon: “Exploring Oregon’s Wild Areas”, Third Edition, William L. Sullivan, The Mountaineers Books, 2002
Bishop Geology: “Hiking Oregon’s Geology”, Second Edition, Ellen Morris Bishop, The Mountaineers Books, 2004
Classic Hikes: “100 Classic Hikes in Oregon”, Douglas Lorain, The Mountaineers Books, 2004
Oregon Favorites: “Oregon Favorites: Trails and Tales”, William L. Sullivan, Navillus Press, 2011