Upcoming Events and Projects
Volunteers Needed for
Wildlands Monitoring Project
The Prineville Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs help monitoring the conditions of Wilderness and Wilderness Study Areas (WSAs) on their district. Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) has partnered with Prineville BLM over the last five years through a cooperative agreement to document conditions on these wildlands. ONDA's volunteers have been able to track wilderness characteristics and monitor many places, but they have not been able to monitor the Deschutes/Steelhead Falls WSA or other trails on public lands that are near Crooked River Ranch. FANs has been asked to join in this effort.
Monitoring work involves hiking cross-country routes, designated trails, and some driving within these areas to steward these places, pick up trash and keep an eye out for any positive or negative changes you see taking place on the landscape. ONDA staff will train volunteers to know what to look for on the ground and how to navigate and record data on iPads or smart phones. You do not need to have an iPad or smart phone to participate, as one can be provided once you complete the training. Once trained, you can go out on your own year-round, pick up litter and make sure that these special places are cared for. Choose one trail or several, monitor once a week or once a month. The choice is yours.
Here is a list of areas that need to be monitored:
Within the WSA on Deschutes River side of Crooked River Ranch:
Steelhead Falls Trail
Steelhead Falls Rim Trail (could be combined with above)
Foley Waters Trail
Scout Camp Trail
Sand Ridge Trail
BLM land on Crooked River side of Crooked River Ranch:
Otter Bench Trail
Horny Hollow Trail (could be combined with above)
Lone Pine Trail
Opal Canyon Loop Trail
If you are interested, please contact Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area's Hiking Coordinator, Jeff Scheetz, at 503-277-9110 or email@example.com or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free Guided Hikes - Sign Up Now
All guided hikes are free. To help reduce damage to the trail, minimize social impacts on other visitors, and protect wildlife habitat, group size is limited to 8 hikers, and dogs are not allowed. Registration opens one month before each hike. If the hike is full, sign up on the wait list, and you will be sent an invitation via e-mail if a space opens. If you have to cancel, send us an email at email@example.com. This will open up the space for another hiker.
Lower Bridge Hike
Thursday, August 2 at 9:30 a.m.
Hike Rating: Easy; 2 miles
Guide: Mona Steinberg
This hike is an easy downhill trail to the Deschutes River to a fairly wide stretch with big basin rye grass and wild rose. Near the river, there is tall vegetation, and a lot of birds can be seen there. Group will meet at Crooked River Ranch and carpool to the trailhead.
Registration opens July 2; check back here and register then.
Alder Springs Trail Hike
Tuesday, August 21 at 8:00 a.m.
Hike Rating: Difficult (due to creek crossing); 6.5 miles
Guide: Jeff Scheetz
This hike starts on the canyon rim and descends down Whychus Creek Canyon, passing below cliff towers and a dry waterfall. Group will ford Whychus Creek, about knee depth, to continue on the trail to the confluence with the Deschutes River. The trail ends in a pleasant ponderosa grove at the water's edge offering views of volcanic ash-lava flows with colorful layers on the canyon walls.
Registration opens July 21; check back here and register then.
Save the Date for our September Guided Hikes:
Sept. 8 - Otter Bench Loop - Eric Hanson
Sept. 22 - Horny Hollow Geology Hike - Tom Iraci
Sept. 29 - Smith Rock Canyon Trail - John McGee
FANs Board Meetings
FANs' board meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month at Marilynne and John Keyser's home, located at 16420 Dove Road at Crooked River Ranch (see map). Copies of the agenda are available before the meetings. Public comments are welcome at the end of the board meetings.