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Rimrock Springs Wildlife Management Area Trailhead

4000 SE Madras-Prineville Hwy

Madras, OR 97741

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Gray Butte offers an opportunity to see middle elevation native wildflowers not found on the Deschutes and Crooked River canyon trails.

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Hike Rating: Easy; drive rough road (10 miles) and walk 4-5 miles

Guide: Marilynne Keyser (541-923-0558)

Gray Butte offers an opportunity to see some wonderful middle elevation native wildflowers not found on the Deschutes and Crooked River canyon trails. This Gray Butte Trail is located in the southern portion of Crooked River National Grassland, just south of Forest Service Road 57 and less than a quarter mile east of the intersection of Forest Service Road 57 and Forest Service Road 57-500. It is near the old McCoin homestead and orchard. There is plenty of parking at the trailhead; however, the four-mile dirt road in and out can be quite rough.

Our wildflower hike itself will be easy as we are only covering the first few miles out and back along the base of Gray Butte. We will stop often to learn about the native plants at 3,000 to 4,000 feet elevation. We will have lunch back at the McCoin Orchard which offers some shade. There are no restroom facilities.

Wear sturdy hiking boots, dress in layers, bring water for the day and a sack lunch. Sunscreen, hat and rain gear are advisable. Please bring your face mask for situations where social distancing may not be possible. Bring along your Guide to the Native Plants of the Deschutes Canyon Area. Guide books will be available for purchase before the hike ($10/FANs members; or S12/non-members, payable with cash or check).

Group size is limited to 8 people (including guides), and pets are not allowed on this hike. If you sign up and later need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible so that people on the wait list can be invited to join this hike.

Driving directions: To make sure we can caravan safely on the rough road, we will meet in the parking lot at Rimrock Springs on Hwy 26 between Prineville and Madras. If you are coming from Crooked River Ranch, Sisters, or Redmond, turn off Hwy 97 in Terrebonne at NE Smith Rock Road. Continue past Smith Rock State Park and turn north on NW Lone Pine Road. Follow it until it merges into Highway 26. Turn left, and continue north on Highway 26. Look for the the sign to Rimrock Springs Natural Area on the right after you pass SE Ramms Road coming in from the left.

This event is sponsored by Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area (FANs), a group founded in 2011 by landowners surrounding the Deschutes Canyon-Steelhead Falls Wilderness Study Area in Central Oregon who came together over their shared love of nearby public lands.  The focus area of FANs includes many special places such as Steelhead Falls, Alder Springs, the Peninsula, Otter Bench and Scout Camp.  Become a member by visiting our website at www.fansofdeschutes.org.  Memberships are just $10 per person per year.

 

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