Upcoming Events and Projects
FANs 2019 Guided Hikes:
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 usually limited to 10 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This will open up the space for another hiker.
Newberry National Monument Hike
August 30, 2019, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Hike Rating: Moderate; 3 miles (total distance of four short hikes)
Guide: John Magee, FANs Member
This hike will explore some of the extraordinary volcanic wonders within Newberry National Volcanic Monument, including four separate short hikes with an overall total of 3 miles.
Trail of the Molten Land - Begins adjacent to Lava Lands Visitor Center at the north end of the Monument - 1 mile loop on a paved interpretive trail across a basalt flow to a viewpoint. Elevation gain is 150 ft.
Lava Butte Rim – This 0.5 mile trail circles the rim of cinder cone volcano with great views. Elevation gain is 150 ft. There will be a shuttle bus from the Visitor Center to the fire lookout tower at the top of the crater - $2 per person. Exact change is requested as the driver does not give change.
Paulina Falls - After completing the above hikes, we will leave Lava Visitor Center and drive to the south end of the Monument. After a very short walk from the parking lot to view the falls from near the top, the hike will then include the 0.5 mile down and back hike to enjoy the spectacular view from along Paulina Creek near the bottom of the falls. Elevation gain is 200 ft.
Big Obsidian Flow – This hike begins with ascending a steep flight of stairs to be surrounded by a huge flow of black volcanic glass on a 1 mile loop with great views. Elevation gain is 500 ft.
CLICK HERE to learn more and register for this hike.
Save the Date for This Upcoming Hike:
Sept 26 Blue Pool at Tamolitch Falls Hike
Good reasons WHY you should sign up on our wait list:
Cancellations are fairly common, and people are invited from our wait list when those spaces open up days before the hike.
Wait lists give us information about the popularity of a hike, and we can adjust future hiking plans with that in mind.
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.
FANs Board Meetings
FANs' board meetings are held at 4:00 p.m. the second Sunday 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.