High Desert Adventures 2011!

West Little Owyhee

The Oregon Chapter’s High Desert Committee has announced its schedule of trips for the 2011 season!

Please feel free to contact trip leaders with inquiries about trips. You can also learn more about wilderness opportunities in the John Day Basin at our Spring Event on March 17th at 6:30pm at the Sierra Club office in Portland.  We would also encourage you to consider attending our Owyhee Rendezvous in late June as a great opportunity to see this far flung corner of Oregon.  More information about both of these opportunities can be found below!

HDC Spring Event

When: March 17, Thursday 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Where: Oregon Chapter Office, 1821 SE Ankeny, Portland

Come explore the beauty of the John Day River Basin and Owyhee Canyonlands from the comfort of a chair! We will feature the Sutton Mountain Wilderness Study Area, as well as the surrounding Painted Hills. This event is held in conjunction with our Columbia (Portland area) Group’s ” Third Thursday” program,  and we will have a potluck as well as provide snacks and beverages. Join the High Desert Committee for food, fun and fellowship. Food and mingling starts at 6:30, presentation at 7pm.

Fort Rock/Christmas Lake Basins

When: May 13, 2011 to May 15, 2011
Where: Fort Rock/Christmas Lake Basins

We will visit the diverse volcanic geology of the landscape east of Fort Rock in Central Oregon SE of Bend. There are three wilderness study areas that are largely ancient lava flows to explore as well as places such as Devils Garden, Derrick Cave, Crack in the Ground, Hole in the Ground, Fossil Lake, the Lost Forest, and of course Fort Rock itself. This trip provides a great introduction to Oregon’s High Desert with more to do and see than time will allow. The trip will consist of a longer and shorter hikes but although the terrain is ruggedat times, the hiking is largely moderate in nature.

To register for this trip: Contact: Borden Beck, 503-706-3634, bborden@teleport.com.

Sierra Club volunteers in the wild Owyhee Canyonlands proposed National Monument in southeast Oregon.

Owyhee Rendezvous 2011

When: June 25, 2011 to June 29, 2011
Where: Owyhee Canyonlands Calling all desert enthusiasts!

We are once again hosting an Owyhee Rendezvous–a time and a place to meet together and explore, enjoy, and learn how to protect the Owyhee Canyonlands area. The focus of our current campaign, the Owyhee Canyonlands are vast and diverse. We will form a base camp at Leslie Gulch, and from there lead daily hikes. Areas to be visited may include the Honeycombs, Juniper Gulch, Timber Gulch, Three Forks, Jordan Craters and more. This is our primary focus for trips this year. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet up with old and new friends in a stunningly beautiful place. Formal registration materials will available by April 1st but you may get information or sign up for registration materials by contacting Harry Anderton now.

For information: contact: Harry Anderton, 503-241-7035, haredoga@gmail.com.

Steens Mountain: Fence Pull

When: July 29, 2011 to August 3, 2011
Where: Steens Mountain

Want to help add a bit more “wild” to the Steens Mountain wilderness? Join us in removing the visual blight of old fencing that’s also a danger to hikers and wildlife. This year we will backpack in to our work site. No experience necessary! We will have down time to explore the area. The work is strenuous and the climate hot, but you’ll walk away with a feeling of accomplishment!

To register, contact: Harry Anderton, 503-241-7035, haredoga@gmail.com.

Anderson Crossing – West Little Owyhee

When: August 10, 2011 to August 14, 2011
Where: Anderson Crossing – West Little Owyhee

Anderson Crossing is along the upper reaches of the West Little Owyhee River and is in one of the most remote areas in Oregon. We will be exploring both upstream and downstream in what is known as Louse Canyon. The rugged and geologically gorgeous canyon is cut by a designated Wild and Scenic River and it alternates between small stream and long deep pools, all bounded by steep cliffs. The hiking should be considered to be strenuous due to difficult terrain and plan to get your feet wet in the heat of the summer.

To register, contact: Bill Hart, 503-236-8058, whart@easystreet.net

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