Fifty hike Otter Bench Trail with Sullivan


Hikers enjoy lunch and a view of the Deschutes River Canyon. Fifty outdoor enthusiasts got the chance to hike with hiking guide author Bill Sullivan and his wife Janell on Saturday at Crooked River Ranch in connection with the Jefferson County Community Read.

The seven-mile Otter Bench Trail offered spectacular views of basalt cliffs and the Deschutes River.

Along the way, specialists from the Forest Service, and Bureau of Land Management gave short talks about geology, wildlife, area plants, and local birds.

Spring wildflowers were in bloom and hikers got to walk among patches of arrow leaf balsam, prairie stars, sand lillies, phlox and yellow bells.

Bill Sullivan leads hikers from the Otter Bench Trailhead at Crooked River Ranch for a seven-mile trek. Van tours of the Ranch were offered, and the Crooked River Ranch Seniors provided a spot to relax and have refreshments.

The Ranch has several hiking trails and a group called Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area is holdinga periodic hikes which are open to the public.