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Juniper Group Hikes

Hikes for 2014

Hiking the CascadesHiking the Cascades
photo by Larry Pennington

About Our Schedule

Below is our schedule of hikes for the early part of the 2014 hiking season. Our leaders' personal schedules change as the year progresses and the snowmelt is unpredictable some years, so we are planning only a few months ahead. Since the schedule is and will remain a work in progress, you will need to 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 Easy 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 to avoid disappointing 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. Note that Sierra Club has additional liability waiver forms to be signed for children (see below).


Most of our leaders have decided not to allow dogs on their hikes. Those hikes OK for dogs are marked "OK for dogs." Our leaders are not "anti-dog", in fact most of them are dog lovers or owners. But while trail experienced dogs can be a delight to have along, we have found many dog owners do not have an impartial evaluation about their dog's state of trail training and are not willing to discipline their dog when it is infringing on other hikers' right to a pleasant experience. In addition, too many dogs on one hike, however well trained, can be an unpleasant experience for everyone (including the dogs). If you would like to bring a dog on a hike marked "OK for Dogs", please contact the trip leader so we know how many are dogs are signed up.

Contact the Leader

You must contact the Leader by email or phone to confirm your attendance and and learn the meeting time and location prior to the hike. We intentionally do not publish that information publicly to allow us to know who and how many are participating. Leader contact information is available on our Contacts page. Group hikes in the Three Sisters, Waldo Lake Wilderness Areas, and now the Badlands Wilderness, are limited to 12 persons in a group by Forest Service and BLM rules. 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.

Legal Stuff

Before we depart the trailhead, we will need you to sign the Sierra Club Sign-in Sheet and Liability Waiver. Also, if there are children in your party, we will ask the accompanying adult to sign an Individual Liability Waiver for Minors. And, although most of our hikes are short day hikes, we may still be a few hours from emergency medical assistance, so if you have a significant medical problem, please let us know. We may ask you to fill out our Medical Form so we are fully aware of your condition and its implications for our planned activities.

Our hikes are also publicized on our Sierra-Club-Juniper-Group Meetup site. You can sign up for our hikes there using the Meetup system. However, all the same rules, considerations, and limits apply however you sign up, so you must contact the trip leader to learn the meeting time and location.

Recent Schedule Changes

Added: Sisters Mirror Lakes on 9/13
Added: Clear Lake on 10/11

2014 Juniper Group Hikes
Date Hike Location Description Difficulty Dist. Elev. Leader
3/22 Tumulus Trail Badlands See the northern side of the Badlands off of Dodds Road. Hike down the Tumulus Trail to our lunch, then cross to the Black Lava Trail back to the TH. No dogs. Kids OK, but contact leader. Limit of 12. Moderate 6 0 Larry Pennington
3/29 Chimney Rock Prineville Chimney Rock is a delightful shorter hike, from the Crooked River (downstream from Bowman Dam) to the rim overlooking the river. After a short hike along the Rim, we will reach Chimney Rock, with views of the Crooked River gorge and across to the Cascade Mountains. Limit of 12. No dogs. (Best Easy Day Hikes, pg 104) Easy 3 500 Alison Hamway
4/12 Steelhead Falls Crooked River Ranch The Deschutes River plunges to a churning pool in this scenic rimrock canyon in Crooked River Ranch. After viewing the falls, we’ll hike upstream to a steep and rocky trail up a side canyon to tall rock tower, then hike cross country across a rimrock plateau and down another side canyon to our lunch spot on the river. Limit of 12. No kids, no dogs. (Alison) Moderate 5 700 Alison Hamway
4/13 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. No dogs. (Sullivan CO 100, pg. 84) Moderate 4 800 Deb Jackson Brewer
4/19 Summit Loop Smith Rock State Park We'll warm up by hiking along the river, then a steady climb up the Burma Road to get our hearts pumping. After a break for lunch, we'll follow switchbacks down around the north side of the park and back down to the river on the west side, where we'll follow the trail along the river to complete the loop. There are plenty of nice views along this loop trail. Wear good hiking boots for a rocky trail; dress appropriately for the weather (layers are best); bring your lunch and plenty of water. We'll meet to form carpools at 9 am. Limit 12 hikers. No kids, no dogs, please. Moderate 7 900 Alice LeBarron
4/26 Tam-a-lau Trail Cove Palisades State Park A fairly steep trail up to the top of the penninsula and a level loop around the top. We will stop for lunch along the top where wildflowers should be popping and we'll have good views. Wear good hiking boots for a rocky trail; dress appropriately for the weather (layers are best); Bring your lunch and plenty of water. We'll meet to form carpools at 9 am. Limit 12 hikers. No kids, no dogs, please. (Best Easy Day Hikes: pg. 100) Moderate 7 640 Alice LeBarron
5/03 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) Moderate 3 600 Larry Pennington
5/08 Alder Springs Holmes Road We'll hike down into the canyon, crossing Whychus Creek and then following it to the confluence with the Deschutes River and our stop for lunch. We'll return along the same route, with a fairly steady climb out after once again crossing Whychus creek. Lots of beauty along this hike. Wildflowers should be nice. Wear good hiking boots for a rocky trail; dress appropriately for the weather (layers are best); be prepared for stream crossing (bring water shoes or sandals and hiking poles). Bring your lunch and plenty of water. We'll meet to form carpools at 9 am. Limit 12 hikers. No kids, no dogs, please. (Sullivan CO 100: pg. 82) Moderate 5 1600 Alice LeBarron
5/17 Pine Mountain Ramble Highway 20 East A scenic mountain east of Bend in the high desert flats, going anywhere is a treat. And that's where you may go on this hike: anywhere. With David, you never know. Sign up for an adventure and go home happy. Difficult 6-7 1600 David Stowe
5/31 Tam-a-lau Trail Cove Palisades State Park From the Upper Deschutes Day Use area hike up onto the Peninsula between the Crooked and Deschutes Rivers. Treat yourself to views of the lake as well as all of the Central Cascades peaks from Bachelor to Hood. Limit of 12. No dogs. (Best Easy Day Hikes: pg. 100) Moderate 7.2 650 Alison Hamway
6/06 Metolius River Camp Sherman Start at Lower Canyon Creek and hike down to fish hatchery, passing a number of springs and falls. Wildflowers should be wonderful. No dogs. (Sullivan CO 100, pg 76) Easy 5.4 100 Deb Jackson Brewer
6/21 Paulina Newberry This will either be a hike up Paulina Creek, or a hike around Pualina Lake - we haven't decided. But either way, you'll have fun. Stay tuned. No dogs. Moderate 5-7 0 or several hundred Alison Hamway
7/19 Lookout Mountain Ochoco NF, near Ochoco Ranger Station Trail winds through forest and meadows to the open summit and back down a different way for a loop. Side trip to a rustic warming shelter near the summit. Go for the flowers! Lots of flowers! No dogs, no kids. (Bishop Geology, pg 213) Click here for 2011 Lookout Mountain Hike Photos Moderate 7 1220 Alison Hamway
7/26 Cinder Hill 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. Limit of 12. No dogs. (Sullivan CO 100: pg. 102) Moderate 6.4 1450 Larry Pennington
8/15-17 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
9/13 Sisters Mirror Lake Cascade Lakes Hwy We'll hike through forest to lovely alpine Sisters Mirror Lake, and explore the smaller the chain of smaller lakes nearby. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks, wear comfortable broken in boots, and clothing appropriate to the weather. Limit of 12, no dogs. Moderate 8 700 Alison Hamway
9/20 Tumalo Creek Headwaters Skyliner Road Explore the land that supplies Bend with 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 Bend's surface water and Happy Valley. Limit of 12. No dogs. (David) Click here for 2011 Bridge and Tumalo Creek Hike Photos. Difficult 8-10 1000 David Stowe
10/11 Clear Lake Hwy 126, beyond Santiam Junction If we are lucky we will see lots of fall color; even if we miss the fall colors this is a beautiful lake, deep blue and clear, and the source of the MacKenzie River. Bring plenty of water, lunch and snacks, wear comfortable broken in boots, and clothing appropriate to the weather. Limit of 15, no dogs. Easy 5.5 200 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