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Juniper Butte

SW Monroe Lane & Hwy 97

Madras, OR 97760

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Hike Rating: Moderate; 5.4 miles

GUIDE: Jeff Scheetz (jscheetz@ix.netcom.com; 503-277-9110)

This late spring hike climbs to the summit of Juniper Butte, a familiar landmark for those in the Madras-Terrebonne area. Nature presents wide scenic views for much of the trail, with panoramic rewards at the summit. Most of the grade is jeep road which gently climbs up the south and west sides of the butte. A steep Caterpillar track accesses an upper grazing lot near the summit. Travel to the west summit covers 2.2 miles with 1,000 foot vertical gain. Traversing to the east summit requires an additional 0.5 miles, resulting in a total round trip distance of 5.4 miles.

This free 3-4 hour hike will start at 9:00 a.m. at a parking turnout on SW Monroe Lane just west of Hwy 97 (200 yds west of the intersection). Monroe Lane intersects Hwy 97 (just north of the weigh station) 8 miles north of Terrebonne.

Participants should wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes. Bring at least one quart of water, lunch or high energy snacks, and trekking poles if used.

Group size is limited to 8 people, and dogs 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. Thank you!


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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Madras, OR 97760

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