Hike Spring Basin Wilderness

Level 4.


Located just above the John Day River just south of state highway 218 near Clarno, Oregon, the Spring Basin Wilderness is a tapestry of rolling hills, providing spectacular vistas of the river and surrounding landscape. This unique wild area offers a profusion of desert wildflowers in the spring, along with recreational opportunities for hikers, horseback riders, hunters, botanists, and other outdoor enthusiasts. The Spring Basin Wilderness is dominated by big sagebrush, native bunchgrasses, and western juniper, providing important habitat and forage for native wildlife. Native bunchgrasses s cover most of the landscape, providing important habitat and forage for native wildlife.
The wilderness provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, including lizards, snakes, bobcats, coyotes, cougar, mule deer, and elk. A large number of birds also frequent the area, including chukar, meadowlarks, bluebirds, and sharp-shinned hawks. Golden eagles and red-tailed hawks nest in the vicinity, and turkey vultures can be seen soaring overhead.
The hike is approximately 6 -7 miles, with an initial steep ascent of about a mile, and from there on, a series of rolling hills, up and down, with a long descent. Views are magnificent!
The drive to the trailhead, next to the John Day, is about 2.5 hours. We'll car pool, share gas money. Bring a backpack lunch, two filled waterbottles or more, hiking boots.
Meet at 0700 Regal Pilot Butte, and we'll depart at 0715 (7.15 am) promptly, not waiting for latecomers.

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  • rosalind o.

    David, our group leader was very considerate and cognizant of all hikers. It was an excellent hike through some spectacular countryside. I am grateful for the congenial company!

    June 17, 2012

  • rosalind o.

    David, saw your hiking group as my friend and I were coming down a cool side canyon. Please pick me up at the Thriftway in Terrebonne at 720ish am. My car will be a silver Mercedes with a pod on top. I live in Redmond. Waiting for your response

    June 15, 2012

  • Marie

    well i was told cascade Village Starbucks It would be nice to get a definite since everyone has a different meet up place

    June 14, 2012

  • Marie

    Where do I meet up in Bend and at what time ?

    June 14, 2012

  • rosalind o.

    Hi David, I live in Redmond, can drive...could I meet y'all at the Thriftway in Terrebonne, southwest corner at 7:30am? drive a silver mercedes suv with pod on top. Was at spring basin two weekends ago, loved it!

    June 14, 2012

  • rosalind o.

    great to get off the waiting list onto the hike! I live in Redmond, so I will wait for your email on where and when we should rendevous... Terrebonne or Redmond works for me. Thanks David, love going back to this part of Oregon!

    June 11, 2012

  • rosalind o.

    Went hiking at spring basin today. Flowers are blooming, lots of birdsong. Great scenery, choice of routes for return to car. Noted some ticks and snakes.

    June 2, 2012

  • Marie

    Hi I got a message that the meeting place changed do we meet up at cascade village now? What's the meet up time I also would like to car pool

    May 29, 2012

  • Susie

    I live North of Bend. Is there a possibility of meeting with you either in Redmond or at Cascade Village Mall? I have a 7 passenger van and happy to use my vehicle.

    May 28, 2012

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