Friends and Neighbors of the Deschutes Canyon Area's guided hikes for the month of May are open for registration. All guided hikes are free, but size is limited.
To help reduce damage to the trail, minimize social impacts on other visitors, and protect wildlife habitat, the group size is limited to eight to 10 hikers, and dogs are not allowed on the hikes.
Learn more about each hike and register at www.fansofdeschutes.org.
The National Grassland Nest Box Trail Hike is set for 8-10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 11. The easy, 2-mile hike will be guided by Diane Randgaard.
The level hike will include stops to monitor six bluebird and two kestrel nest boxes on the peninsula north of Crooked River Ranch. Hikers may see nests, eggs, baby birds, and some surprises. Parents and children are encouraged to participate.
From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 18, Marilynne Keyser will guide the Scout Camp Trail Wildflower Hike. The moderately difficult 2.2-mile loop hike involves a steep descent to the Middle Deschutes River and a steep climb over a large boulder to complete the loop.
Hikers will stop often to identify native plants, including wildflowers, and to appreciate the stunning views.
The Scout Camp Rim Photography Hike, which will be guided by Tom Iraci, is scheduled for 8-11 a.m. Monday, May 20.
As hikers walk along the edge of the Middle Deschutes Canyon Rim for this moderate 2-mile hike, they will stop often to take photos, with Tom Iraci providing tips for high quality photographs along with expert advice on subject composition.
The last hike of the month, the Chimney Rock Wildflower Hike, is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 23, with Marilynne Keyser as guide.
The hike will focus on native plants, including wildflowers. The group will walk slowly and stop often to examine native plants encountered as they hike through several native plant communities, including talus slope and lithosol.
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