Mt. Jefferson Wilderness

This is a nice 4.5 mile loop hike to a lovely meadow (Lower Meadow). It is also possible to continue to a viewpoint on a ridge below Three Fingered Jack, extending the hike to 7.5 miles. Views of Three Fingered Jack open up above the…

Sun

The badlands east of Bend are one of the most quiet and lonely places I’ve ever gone hiking. The expansive and sandy recreation area is popular with runners and hikers, especially during the winter when other areas are snowbound. Gnarled juniper trees, piles of ancient…

Waterfall Trail

The Sahalie (“Heaven” in Chinook) and Koosah (Sky) Falls on the McKenzie River are located at the terminus of two massive lava flows, the same lava flows that damned nearby Clear Lake 3,000 years ago. This mellow hike is best early in the summer but…

muddy boots

During the year or so that Angelique and I were transitioning from living in the Bay Area to living in Bend we must have had at least ten conversations with people about the Metolius River. We repeatedly heard some variation of the following statements: (1)…