rock climbing gear

Smith Rock State Park is an internationally known destination for rock climbing. It is also a great place to go hiking or mountain biking on a cool Fall day. The stunning high desert scenery alone warrants a visit – who doesn’t like giant rock spires/monoliths…

hiking boots

The loop hike around Clear Lake is one of the best places to enjoy Fall color in Central Oregon. The icy blue lake, formed 3,000 years ago by a lava flow that blocked the McKenzie River, is remarkably clear (you can see ancient tree trunks…

summit

This is a nice, albeit steep, hike to a historic cupola and lookout tower on top of Black Butte, a 6,436 foot tall stratovolcano west of Sisters, OR. The trail begins in a dense forest of Ponderosa pine and climbs steadily up a well-worn path.…

Canyon, juniper

The 930-acre Whychus Canyon Preserve northeast of Sisters is an excellent spot for a hike on a cool fall day. Managed by the Deschutes Land Trust, the Preserve has more than 7 miles of walking and hiking trails. The Preserve encompasses a 4 mile stretch…