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Hike rating: Moderate
Elevation gain: 100 feet
Pace: Moderate to Quick (2-2.5 mph)
Hike distance: 7.6 miles
Hiking time: 4-5 hours
My hiking style: I like to keep a decent pace and am a pretty tireless hiker, but do like pausing for photos and a snack break now and then. To me outings are more about enjoying your surroundings than reaching the 'finish line' at any set time or pace. I do like keeping the group somewhat 'together' on the trail and not leaving anyone behind. Most of all, I want it to be an enjoyable day out for everyone!
Distance from Portland: 120 miles (2.5 hours) each way
Costs: Suggested $15 per person to driver for gas (may vary depending on each car's gas mileage)
What to bring: sunscreen; hat (for shade...wishful thinking here!); gaiters (it could be muddy in places); trekking poles; headlamp and spare batteries (we shouldn't need them, but bring 'em if you have 'em); sunglasses; camera; at least 1 liter of water (I always take 2) plus snacks for the trail; sturdy hiking boots or shoes. Plan for cold to cool weather; bring a waterproof layer just in case. Leave the cotton at home.
Sorry, no dogs...
A lot of us (including me!) have been a little too sedentary (a nice way of saying 'lazy') over the winter, so let's start with something gentle to ease you back into action. This hike is also on the east side of the Cascades, meaning there's a better chance it will be dry! We'll set up a short car shuttle, which will let us hike the 7.5 relatively level miles along the Deschutes River without having to retrace our steps.
Hike Description: We'll drop most of you off at the Trout Creek trailhead, then the drivers will shuttle a car or two to the Mecca Flat Rec Area (our finish spot) near Warm Springs before returning to Trout Creek. The hike itself is straightforward; simply following the river upstream through the canyon for 7.6 miles. At this time of year, I suspect we'll have the place pretty much to ourselves. If you have William Sulllivan's book on Eastern Oregon, his hike #3 (the 'moderate' version) is pretty much what we're doing.
Be aware that significant portions of this outing will be in the open, so bring lots of water, sunscreen, and a hat to provide some shade and sun protection if we're lucky and it's clear.
We'll stop for food/drink on the way back. With the drive and stop, I'm guessing we'll be back to Portland around 8pm (hopefully no later than 9pm) on Sunday. Please do not sign up if you need to be back by a certain time on Sunday evening!
If you have any questions or are unsure if this hike is for you, please contact the Assistant Organizer (Matt T).