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Welcome to PNW Women’s Outdoor Group, Central Oregon Chapter!

We are happy you found us and we look forward to creating and experiencing adventures with you, large and small, in Central Oregon. We are fortunate to live in an outdoor playground open to any number of adventures, including social and volunteer opportunities.

PNW Women's Outdoor Group, Central Oregon Chapter is an offshoot of our original Portland area based group and shares the same goals and purpose. We are bringing women of the Pacific North West who are, 18 years or older, of all levels of fitness together to have new adventures & experiences, to learn new skills, to find new favorites and to share camaraderie with other like-minded PNW women. Our PNW women’s hiking group is about creating relationships while encouraging one another on personal fitness goals by enjoying outdoor activities.

We are just getting started, so come and join us for the adventures.

Empowering women one step at a time!

Upcoming events (5)

Smith Rock Loop/ MODERATE 7.4 Miles/@1118' Ft EG * Bring Mask & Sanitizer

SMITH ROCK LOOP

DESCRIPTION:

THIS IS A REPEAT HIKE EVERY THIRD THURSDAY OF THE MONTH! Mark your calendar and enjoy the beauty of this park through the seasons!

One of the 7 Wonders of Oregon! This park is probably best known for its rock climbing but we will stay on terra firma and take in the spectacular views of the enormous volcanic compressed rocks, the crooked river, and panoramic mountain peaks. . .

HIKE DETAILS

• Starting Point: Smith Rock State Park
• Type: Loop
• Difficulty Level: Moderate
• Distance: 7.4 mi.
• Elevation Gain: @1118 ft.
• Pace: Slow - 1.5 - 2 mph - lots of opportunity for enjoying nature & pictures
• Permits or Parking Fees: $5 day use fee - they have ticket machines that take credit cards
• Restroom: At the ranger station and two within the park

• Dogs: Allowed - please plan to drive separately to the trailhead. Dogs must be kept on leash at all times at the owner's side. Please read Hiking With Dogs etiquette (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1bu9nE8aKyMOoJ8aD0Dz065y1L4zy5JF9JHeRXYC-r6w/edit?usp=sharing)

OUR ROUTE:

We will hike the 7 mi. Summit Trail Loop. From the park we will hike down into the canyon and follow along the Crooked River (Wolf Creek trail) until the Burma Rd. section where we will hike a 855 ft. eg for @ 1 mi. This can be a thigh-burner, but the views of the top make it well worth while. This trail is well maintained but does have an uneven rocky surface. From the top we can stop, take in the views!! and have lunch/snack. From there we will head down the Summit trail (a switchback scree trail -poles are a plus here) and cross a short section of private property before reconnecting with the River trail. This part of the "loop"will give us an up close view of the famous Monkey Face pillar.

https://smithrock.com/the-park/#park-overview

WHAT TO BRING:

* Pack the Ten Essentials, including a whistle
• Lunch; Trail Snacks; Plenty of Water
• I recommend sturdy hiking boots & poles
• Wear non-cotton layers & bring rain gear**

Before the hike: Click to read: 10 Essentials for Comfort & Safety (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LA5W8bTLiIaQIz_G6cy0E1dThIugZz_WPrXqaOHiybc/edit?usp=sharing)

CARPOOLING:

Since I will be meeting you at the park, any carpooling will need to be arranged through the comment section below

------------ DRIVING DIRECTIONS -----------------------------

DRIVE TIME TO TRAILHEAD: 40 minutes from Bend

DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 97 north . . . from 97 take a Right onto NE Smith Rock Way and follow the signs to the Park

------------ SIGN-UP TERMS & CONDITIONS ----------------

>>> Please read the description & answer any questions to complete your RSVP
>>> Your “YES” RSVP is your commitment to attend, as spaces are limited
>>> Please RSVP “NO” via Meetup (or contact the event host) if you cannot participate
>>> No-Shows & Last-Minute Cancellations (in which you cancel your reservation with less than 48 hours notice, or as stated by the organizer) prevent others from participating in events

------------ PNW WAIVER OF LIABILITY ----------------------
By participating in this event, you agree to the PNW Waiver of Liability (see complete PNW Liability Waiver (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KmmxbXTZD9j6E1zELkg8P1TA6rJs_yu-DMLsynpczkU/edit?usp=sharing) - that you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety & well-being for the total duration of the event, including all travel.

REDMOND TO SMITH ROCK BICYCLE RIDE

Weigand Family Dog Park

Redmond to Smith Rock Bicycle ride

DESCRIPTION:

This is a road bike ride, starting in Redmond and riding to Smith Rock and back. We will start at the Weigand dog park off Antler Ave in Redmond. The route is partly on the dry canyon trail and then fairly quiet roads to Smith Rock. While we will be on mostly low traffic roads, there may be some traffic at times and we will have to cross highway 97 in Terrebonne. We will take a break at Smith Rock and then ride pretty quiet roads back.
We will ride a fairly easy pace of about 10-12 mph and stay together.

RIDE DETAILS

• Starting Point: Weigand Family Dog Park off Antler Ave in the dry canyon.
• Type: Loop
• Difficulty Level: Moderate
• Distance: 21 mi
• Elevation Gain: 700 Ft
• Pace: Slow - 10-12 mph Stay together/no drop group
• Parking: In the lot at the dog park. Please arrive early and be ready to roll at 9:30 am
• Restroom: Porta pot at the start, restroom at Smith Rock

•Rain or cancels

WHAT TO BRING:

* Helmet required
• Snacks, plenty of water.
• Bicycle lights recommended
Make sure your bike is in good repair and bring basic tools and tube to change a flat if necessary

CARPOOLING:

Since I will be meeting you at the park, any carpooling will need to be arranged through the comment section below

------------ DRIVING DIRECTIONS -----------------------------

DRIVE TIME TO START: 30 minutes from Bend

DIRECTIONS: Take Hwy 97 north . . . from 97 take a left at Highland, Rt on 5th (north one-way) Left on Black Butte Blvd which becomes Antler and will take you right to the start.

------------ SIGN-UP TERMS & CONDITIONS ----------------

>>> Please read the description & answer any questions to complete your RSVP
>>> Your “YES” RSVP is your commitment to attend, as spaces are limited
>>> Please RSVP “NO” via Meetup (or contact the event host) if you cannot participate
>>> No-Shows & Last-Minute Cancellations (in which you cancel your reservation with less than 48 hours notice, or as stated by the organizer) prevent others from participating in events

------------ PNW WAIVER OF LIABILITY ----------------------
By participating in this event, you agree to the PNW Waiver of Liability (see complete PNW Liability Waiver (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KmmxbXTZD9j6E1zELkg8P1TA6rJs_yu-DMLsynpczkU/edit?usp=sharing) - that you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety & well-being for the total duration of the event, including all travel.

Steins Pillar/ MODERATE/4 Miles/@700 Ft EG

Needs a location

Steins Pillar

DESCRIPTION:

Steins Pillar is a 350-foot natural skyscraper that rises out of the gentle slopes of the Ochoco mountains in central Oregon just east of the town of Prineville. With its overhanging bulbous summit, it towers impressively over the Mill Creek Valley just outside the Mill Creek Wilderness. The pillar is composed of rhyolite ash produced by eruptions from the Cascades that settled in an inland sea and compacted to stone – a welded tuff, deposited during the collapse of the Wildcat Caldera, around 40 million years ago; a natural process that apparently also spawned another impressive pillar in central Oregon, specifically Monkey Face.

The trail is a 4 mile round trip. It slowly climbs through old growth forest, flower-filled mountain meadows, and rocky ridges. The trail reaches its final destination at the base of Steins Pillar. The pillar can also be seen from a viewing area along Mill Creek Road.

According the the USFS plaque at the overlook, the pillar was named after the 1860's area explorer, Major Enoch Steen. The name was commonly misspelled and the incorrect version eventually became official.

------------ PLEASE ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS to COMPLETE YOUR RSVP

HIKE DETAILS

• Starting Point: Steins Pillar Trailhead
• Ending Point: same
• Type: out and back
• Difficulty Level: Moderate
• Distance: 4 mi
• Elevation Gain: +/- 700 ft.
• Pace: Slow - 1.5 - 2 mph - lots of opportunity for enjoying nature & pictures
• Permits or Parking Fees: None
• Restroom: No facilities

http://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3816715.pdf

WHAT TO BRING:

* Pack the Ten Essentials, including a mask & sanitizer
• Lunch; Trail Snacks; Plenty of Water
• I recommend sturdy hiking boots & poles
• Wear non-cotton layers & bring rain gear**

Before the hike: Click to read: 10 Essentials for Comfort & Safety (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LA5W8bTLiIaQIz_G6cy0E1dThIugZz_WPrXqaOHiybc/edit?usp=sharing)

CARPOOLING:

We will meet directly at the trailhead. Otherwise carpooling is left to one's discretion.

------------ DRIVING DIRECTIONS -----------------------------
DRIVE TIME TO TRAILHEAD: 50 minutes from Bend

DIRECTIONS:
From Prineville, Oregon:
Take Highway 26 east for approximately 7 miles past Ochoco Reservoir, then turn left onto Forest Service Road 33 (Mill Creek Road).
Continue heading north for approximately 6 miles.
Turn right onto Forest Service Road[masked].
Follow this road for about 2 miles, and the parking area for Steins Pillar Trailhead will be on your left shortly before the road dead ends.

------------ SIGN-UP TERMS & CONDITIONS ----------------
>>> Please read the description & answer any questions to complete your RSVP
>>> Your “YES” RSVP is your commitment to attend, as spaces are limited
>>> Please RSVP “NO” via Meetup (or contact the event host) if you cannot participate
>>> No-Shows & Last-Minute Cancellations (in which you cancel your reservation with less than 48 hours notice, or as stated by the organizer) prevent others from participating in events

------------ PNW WAIVER OF LIABILITY ----------------------
By participating in this event, you agree to the PNW Waiver of Liability (see complete PNW Liability Waiver (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KmmxbXTZD9j6E1zELkg8P1TA6rJs_yu-DMLsynpczkU/edit?usp=sharing) - that you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety & well-being for the total duration of the event, including all travel.

Twin Pillars from North Trailhead, 6 mile hike

Ray's Food Place

Twin Pillars from the NORTH Trailhead

DESCRIPTION:

This is a nice hike that starts at 5480 feet in elevation. The trail is in excellent condition, as I just hiked it on May 7, 2021. There are 3-4 narrow stream crossings. Be prepared to climb over or under a few logs that have fallen across the trail this winter.

From Oregonhikers.com: “Much of the Mill Creek Wilderness encompasses the caldera of a 40 million-year-old volcano, of which the jagged 200-foot spires of the Twin Pillars are the signature feature. The pillars are actually composed of rhyolite, an intrusive rock, but appeared over the eons as the surrounding terrain eroded away. Another feature of this short hike from the north end of the wilderness is the rugged rim of Desolation Canyon, offering views to the remote heart of the area. A third feature, and perhaps not quite as prepossessing, is the fact that most of the area over which you will be hiking, including at your destination, was savagely burned by the extensive Hash Rock Fire in August, 2000. The recovering forest is mostly lodgepole pine, but there are stands of original ponderosa pine parkland as well as lush meadows and bubbling creeks. "

Here is a map of the Millcreek wilderness area
https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DOCUMENTS/stelprd3829159.pdf

HIKE DETAILS

• Starting Point: Twin Pillars North Trailhead - Ochoco National Forest
• Type: Out and Back
• Difficulty Level: Moderate
• Distance: 6 miles
• Elevation Gain: 1035' eg
• Pace: 2 mph or so
• Permits or Parking Fees: None
• Restroom: Vault Toilets in the campground at the trailhead.
• Dogs: Allowed. On and off leash. Bring waste bags.

OUR ROUTE:

We will start from the TH parking lot and head south on the clearly marked trail. We will stop at the base of the Pillars to have lunch, and then return on the same trail.

WHAT TO BRING:

* Pack the Ten Essentials, including a whistle
• Lunch; Trail Snacks; Plenty of Water or filter from the creek
• Waterproof hiking boots and/or watershoes & poles
• Wear non-cotton layers & bring rain gear

Before the hike: Click to read: 10 Essentials for Comfort & Safety (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LA5W8bTLiIaQIz_G6cy0E1dThIugZz_WPrXqaOHiybc/edit?usp=sharing)

------------ DRIVING DIRECTIONS -----------------------------

DRIVE TIME TO TRAILHEAD: 60 minutes from Ray's Market in Prineville

DIRECTIONS: Turn right (west) out of Ray's parking lot on 3rd street. In one mile, Turn right (north) onto Main Street. Stay on this road for 12 miles until you cross the boundary of the national forest. Continue on this road 27 for 16 more miles. The road is paved and in good condition. When you reach road 2745, turn right to stay on road 27, which turns to a bumpy dirt road at this point. The Trailhead is one-half mile up this road.

------------ SIGN-UP TERMS & CONDITIONS ----------------

>>> Please read the description & answer any questions to complete your RSVP
>>> Your “YES” RSVP is your commitment to attend, as spaces are limited
>>> Please RSVP “NO” via Meetup (or contact the event host) if you cannot participate
>>> No-Shows & Last-Minute Cancellations (in which you cancel your reservation with less than 48 hours notice, or as stated by the organizer) prevent others from participating in events

------------ PNW WAIVER OF LIABILITY ----------------------
By participating in this event, you agree to the PNW Waiver of Liability (see complete PNW Liability Waiver (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KmmxbXTZD9j6E1zELkg8P1TA6rJs_yu-DMLsynpczkU/edit?usp=sharing) - that you assume full responsibility for your own health, safety & well-being for the total duration of the event, including all travel.

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