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Gray Butte Wildflower Hike

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Gray Butte Trailhead

National Forest Development Road 1395

Culver, OR 97734

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Discover and learn about native wildflowers at a middle elevation not found on the Deschutes or Crooked Rivers.

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WHERE: Gray Butte Wildflower Hike

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 2022; 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

RATING: Moderate, Drive rough road (8 miles) & Walk (4 miles)

GUIDE: Marilynne Keyser, FANs Native Plant Coordinator; Co-leader Eric Hanson

Gray Butte trail #852 offers an opportunity to see some wonderful middle elevation (3,000 to 4,000 feet) native wildflowers not found on the Deschutes and Crooked River canyon trails. This Gray Butte trail approaches from the north side on FS 57 less than a quarter mile east of the intersection of Lone Pine 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 moderate (due to some elevation gain), but we will only cover the first few trail 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 of elevation. You will have time to explore the McCoin orchard. There are no restroom facilities available at the trailhead. No pets allowed.

Wear sturdy hiking boots, dress in layers, bring water for the day and a sack lunch. Sunscreen, hat and trekking poles are advisable. Bring along your Guide to the Native Plants of the Deschutes Canyon Area. FANs new, expanded edition of the native plant guide will be available in June at your local independent bookstore or at FANs website at fansofdeschutes.org ($15 FANs members, $20 non-members).

This is a free hike, limited to 8 participants and registration is required. Please visit our website to register at www.fansofdeschutes.org. If the hike is full, add your name will be added to the waiting list. We will contact you if space develops.

DIRECTIONS: To make sure we can caravan safely on the rough dirt road to the trailhead, we will meet in the parking lot at Rimrock Springs on Hwy 26 between Prineville and Madras to carpool to the site. 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. Watch for the sign to Rimrock Springs Natural Area on the right after you pass SE Ramms Road coming in from the left.

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