Kid Friendly Hikes in Central Oregon

Kids, am I right? Either you’ve got some or are you kind of are one. Me? I fall into both categories. All it takes for me to be happy is a car ride with snacks and maybe a lizard sighting. I saw a lizard the other day in fact, it was my favorite thing for…

Fall River Trail

Crystal clear and cold as Hell, that’s Fall River! One time I thought I would be quite clever and come here to anchor my float tube. I found out really quickly why no one floats here, the water is painfully cold. My feet and ankles turned purple and then numb, I didn’t dare try sitting. Good…

Brown’s Crossing

Brown’s Crossing, 24 miles south of Sunriver,  is one of my favorite spots to observe a plethora of local wildlife. This 2- square mile habitat is a lush home to a variety of waterfowl and birds of prey, hummingbirds, beavers, deer, and bats. In early Spring I visited and found several deer carcasses from the…

Tumalo Falls

Local Classic Tumalo Falls is never a disappointment! The 89 foot Waterfall always looks good in whatever the weather. I’ve trudged in snow shoes and gazed upon a frozen canyon, water paused in time, and sipped sweet micro brews in her mist in Summer. In Autumn the golden glow of Aspen’s line the creek and…

Petersen Rock Garden

Not far off Highway 97, between Bend and Redmond is a quaint little piece of roadside Americana, The Petersen Rock Garden. The Garden was built in 1935 by Danish immigrant Rasmus Petersen and is made entirely of locally collected rocks. Obsidian, Petrified Wood,Crystal Quartz,and Agate make up a miniaturized world complete with irrigated ponds and…

Tam-a-lau Trail

A terrific Spring hike is the Tam-a-lau Trail located within Cove Palisades State Park. The park is situated among towering cliffs that surround Lake Billy Chinook, an impoundment of the Deschutes, Crooked, and Metolious rivers. The lake was named after a Wasco tribe member who assisted The Fremont Expedition in 1843. The Cove Palisades was once…

Pistol Butte

There is something about a Butte, once you climb it, you never forget it. The more little bumps you recognize on the horizon, the better you know the land as a whole. 7 miles from my house is 5,154 foot tall Pistol Butte. Locals say the butte was named after Pistol Pete, a notorious mountain man who…

Paulina Lake Hot Springs

Located within Newberry Caldera is Paulina Lake, fed by snowmelt and volcanic vents. The lake drains into Paulina Creek and forms a twin Waterfall. The lake has a small resort, several campgrounds, a lake trail and good fishing. This is not a swimmable lake, it is very deep (250 ft) and can often have noxious algae blooms….

Glass Buttes: Obsidian Collection

77 miles East of Bend, on Highway 20 lies Glass Buttes, a geological wonderland literally speckled with ancient volcanic glass. The area is one of the largest Obsidian collection sites in the North West. Native American’s have been accessing The Buttes for centuries.  Artifacts from this area have been identified as far north as British Columbia and…