Central Deschutes River hike

PLEASE READ THE FULL DESCRIPTION BELOW!!!

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).


 

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  • B.G

    Matt, were there any ticks.

    March 5, 2013

    • Matt T

      none that i know about!

      March 5, 2013

    • B.G

      Cool, should go there for an overnight.

      March 6, 2013

  • eli

    Thanks Matt for the great outing. The weather and views was wonderful!!

    March 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Jealous of your sunshine! Also, Matt and Jeremiah must be making a run on "Most Deschutes Miles Hiked" this season -- I've got some catch-up to do :)

    March 4, 2013

  • Marc

    A leisurely hike along a scenic river on a beautiful day! Thanks to Matt for leading it.

    March 4, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Great day on the river!

    March 4, 2013

  • A. S.

    great group

    March 3, 2013

  • Lisa J.

    Thank you for the great day! It was nice to do something different and it was so beautiful along the river. Great job, Matt.

    March 3, 2013

  • Matt T

    Thanks everyone for helping to make it such an enjoyable day out. Good group of people to share the sunshine with!

    March 3, 2013

  • Cindy

    SUNSHINE! Fabulous day along the Deschutes with some great folks. Many thanks, Matt

    March 3, 2013

  • jeremiah

    Thanks for the hike dude

    March 3, 2013

  • eli

    Great weather great views great group. Thanks Matt!!

    March 3, 2013

  • A. S.

    starting from Hillsboro. will reach at 7:35. sorry for the delay

    March 3, 2013

  • Avinash

    Feeling like hiking closer to town tomorrow. Enjoy!

    March 2, 2013

  • Matt T

    Last weather update for the Deschutes area: 53 and sunny on Sunday. Looking perfect! Don't be deterred if you wake up & it's raining here. See you guys in the morning.

    March 2, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Matt. I like the weather and mileage better. Will need a ride with someone.

    March 1, 2013

  • B.G

    Since I missed previous trip. I want to go back here again for a 2 nighter.

    March 1, 2013

  • Matt T

    updated weather forecast for sunday: high around 50, partly sunny, mostly dry. looking good!

    March 1, 2013

  • Richard

    Spot open! Have a great hike!

    March 1, 2013

  • cindi e.

    I will be meeting you all at the trailhead, Trout Creek,(unless Matt you think there is a better easier spot), this once I will be coming from the east side, instead of the usual west side of Cascades! By 10:00am? Look forward to Sunday!

    March 1, 2013

    • Matt T

      Trout Creek Campground/Trailhead is perfect. We have to do a short car shuttle, so as long as you're there by 1015am we should be fine. You won't need any parking permits...the fees are for overnighters.

      March 1, 2013

  • Rick L. J.

    Watch out for that 6 foot bull snake at Mecca Flats. I bet its still alive. Used to flyfish in both of these areas. You will need forest pass i think for trout creek.

    February 26, 2013

    • Matt T

      no parking passes or fees (for day use) at either end of the trailhead

      March 1, 2013

  • Matt T

    Hi guys- If any of you on the 'Yes' list are wavering at all, now would be the time to make your decision, so that those on the waiting list have a chance to join and make plans if you decide to drop out. Dropping out at 9pm the night before, or deciding to stay in bed when your alarm goes off on Sunday morning, is NOT good Meetup etiquette. Thanks, and remember: I can't promise it will be dry, but if it's raining here in Portland, chances are it will be drier where we're headed!

    March 1, 2013

  • Jenny

    cant make it this Sunday :(

    February 27, 2013

  • Matt T

    Forecast is looking good right now: 51, partly cloudy, and dry on Sunday.

    February 26, 2013

  • Charlene

    Sorry I decided to go on the longer hike since I'm peeping for the PCT next year.

    February 22, 2013

  • Chatchay Ramone de la M.

    Oops. I forgot I am leading a hike for this group the same day. Be safe and have fun.

    February 22, 2013

  • kae p.

    This hike would be a fantastic trip, but I won't be here, have a a lot of fun., I hope we can do same hike some time soon.

    February 22, 2013

  • cindi e.

    Okay, I just messaged you, but I see the trail/route described here!

    February 21, 2013

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