Backpack Deschutes River Canyon
The invigorating smell of sagebrush and lyrical song of the Western meadowlark is the background for this trip. Only in May is the Deschutes River Canyon green and dotted with bright wildflowers. The canyon is a high desert ecosystem similar to the wide open spaces of Wyoming, but through the canyon flows the clean, clear Deschutes River, famous for whitewater rafting, trout, and steelhead fishing. You’ll be hiking on the traditional lands of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and in a few large side canyons, with careful searching, you can still find pictographs drawn by the original inhabitants of this wilderness. The route follows old railroad grades, cattle trails, and some eroded Jeep tracks, with lots of off-trail exploring inviting you to scramble up the canyon walls for views of Mt Hood and Mt Adams. Each day we’ll hike through this remarkable landscape carrying everything we need on our backs, and sleep in tents near the river at night. Read the detailed trip description to learn more.
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Dates: Saturday, May 8 - Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Cost: $50 - $295. Need-based financial aid is applied on a sliding scale for those who qualify.
Check out pictures from other times we’ve gone here!