This is a guided hike on The Nature Conservancy, Juniper Hills Nature Preserve https://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/juniper-hills/
We will hike from the trailhead near the Juniper Hills Painted Hills, to Rattlesnake ash flow, to Brooke Springs. We will be near and on some unique geological features and see the plants and wildlife of this extensive preserve. Much of this area has been off-limits or limited access to the public in the past. The Hike will be guided by TrailKeeper Curtis Smith and biologist Dane Miller.
This is a 10-mile round trip hike with off-trail steep sections but the majority will be on old dirt roads. There will be incredible views. You should be in good shape to participate. This hike is not suitable for small children.
We will be observing wildlife, possibly including elk, deer, and antelope. Sorry, dogs are not allowed on this hike.
Before this event, you will be asked to watch a short orientation about our COVID-19 safety procedures. You must also sign the TKO e-waiver and complete a personal health screening before attending this event. Details and links will be provided after you register. We ask that you wear a mask when we are gathered in close groups but you can remove it when we are spread out on the trail.
You should expect to participate in the entire hike. For safety reasons, please do not arrive late or expect to be able to leave early. If you are unsure that you can complete the hike or keep up with the group please leave the limited spots available for someone else. The end time is estimated and depends on how long it takes the group to complete the hike – we will not be rushing.
This hike is allowed by permission of but not sponsored by The Nature Conservancy.
• Plenty of water, there is no drinkable water on the preserve
• Personal hygiene kit – must include a face mask/covering, sun-screen recommended
• Boots – we will be hiking off-trail in rocky areas. Wear something sturdy that will protect your feet. No tennis shoes or flip-flops!
• Long-sleeved shirts and pants. We will be hiking off-trail through sage-brush, shorts are not recommended
• Hiking poles recommended
The trailhead is on Hwy 380 near Post Oregon: 1/2 hour East of Prineville, 1-hour from Bend. We will be parking at an unmarked trailhead. No parking permits needed, this is not a public parking lot.
Detailed directions to the meeting area and hike safety details will be sent out to registrants shortly before the event date.