This year, the hike will start at our brand new Experience Center building. From there we will be hiking the pinnacles trail which follows the John Day river canyon through stunning geologic formations in a natural desert landscape. Look closely for Mule Deer, Red Tailed Hawk, and our resident herd of California Bighorn Sheep.
Some things to keep in mind: Dogs are permitted on a 6-foot leash. Due to some narrow and sloping trail sections, strollers are not recommended. Bring plenty of water, and snacks if desired. Hiking boots highly recommended, as well as hats, gloves and winter coats.
The hike is expected to be around 2.5 miles round trip.
We will be meeting at 10am starting from the Experience Center, located just past the red barn. Resister now at Oregonstateparks.org!
Looking for something different? Nearby Deschutes State Recreation Area will be hosting its first annual First Day Hike. The hike will begin at 9am, meeting at the Oregon Trail Kiosk (located in the campground area).
Take a ranger-led hike on the historic Railbed Trail along the edge of the Deschutes River. The hike will continue on the Ferry Springs Trail to climb to the highest point in the park and magnificent views of the Deschutes River Scenic Waterway. The final leg of the trek will be on the Blackberry Trail.
Note that this hike will be approximately 5miles, with minor water crossings. Hiking boots, water, and weather appropriate clothing are necessary. Register for this hike here.