Events

2015 Events

Love it and Leave it Clean Day
Tuesday, March 24 - Monthly Meeting 6:00pm
All are welcome. RSVP on Facebook or to info@centralcascades.org.
ski trail
Sunday, February 15- Broken Top Backcountry Ski 8:45am
A Wilderness ski that can be done in five hours or take the whole day depending on conditions. It is about 11 miles round trip - lots of climbing on the way out with a very fast return. Partial metal edge skis suggested and skins are not a bad idea. We may be taking turns breaking trail. The route starts at the Mt Bachelor Nordic Center and heads up the Big Meadow Trail. At Big Meadow we branch off into the Three Sisters Wilderness heading north to pick up Crater Ditch, which takes us NW into sight of Broken Top. Please bring a ziplock bag; this is a pack in pack out wilderness area. Experienced skiers only. Please bring your gear for emergency preparedness and inclement weather. Bring water, lunch, cell phone and GPS if you have one. We will leave the meeting location at 8:50 am so please be on time. Find out more and RSVP at the Bend Adventure Meetup or contact us at info@centralcascades.org
More Wilderness Events
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Saturday, July 18- Tenas Lakes Stewardship Backpacking
The DATE has NOT been determined yet so check back. This will be a 1 night out backpack into the Mt Washington Wilderness to complete a wilderness stewardship project. We will be joined by a wilderness ranger  who will give us instructions.  Our mission will be to rehab a wilderness lake camping area. You will have to bring your own backpacking gear, work gloves and food. All other tools will be supplied by the Forest Service. No dogs or campfires please. We need a team of 6-10 backpackers. This will be a fun outing with time for hiking, relaxing and socializing. We will also have the opportunity to learn and ask questions. Restoration Plan:    Armoring and naturalization of illegal campsites-  Rehab work- trash- sign installation. This trip will require about 4 miles of hiking each way. Elevation gain round trip is approximately 600 feet. We should plan on approximately 1.2 hours of hiking time from the trail head. We will camp in the Benson/Tenas Lakes area for the weekend and head back to trail head on Sunday at 2pm with the goal of getting participants home by late afternoon Sunday.  Please keep in mind that the work is somewhat strenuous. Most of this will be done in a team work fashion. RSVP at info@centralcascades.orgFriday, July 24- Green Lakes Stewardship Backpack Part 1Exact dates have not been set yet, so check back. This will be a 2 night out backpack into the Three Sisters Wilderness to complete a wilderness stewardship project. We will be joined by a wilderness ranger who will give us instructions.  Our mission will be to rehab a wilderness lake camping area. You will have to bring your own backpacking gear, work gloves and food. All other tools will be supplied by the Forest Service. No dogs or campfires please. We need a team of 6-10 backpackers. This will still be a fun outing with time for hiking, relaxing and socializing. We will also have the opportunity to learn and ask questions.  Restoration Plan:  Wooden sign installation for camping set back-  Installation of restoration signing at closed campsites-  Armoring and naturalization of illegal campsites-  Installation of no campfire signs-Trash. We will hike in from Green Lakes TH. This trip will require about 5 miles of hiking each way. Elevation gain round trip is approximately 1200 feet. We will camp in the Green Lakes area for the weekend and depart to Green Lakes TH on Sunday at 2pm with the goal of getting participants home by late afternoon Sunday. Please keep in mind that the work is somewhat strenuous. Most of this will be done in a team work fashion. RSVP at info@centralcascades.org

Friday, July 31- Green Lakes Stewardship Backpack Part 2

Exact dates have not been set yet so check back. This will be a 2 night out backpack into the Three Sisters Wilderness to complete a wilderness stewardship project. We will be joined by a wilderness ranger who will give us instructions.  Our mission will be to rehab a wilderness lake camping area. You will have to bring your own backpacking gear, work gloves and food. All other tools will be supplied by the Forest Service. No dogs or campfires please. We need a team of 6-10 backpackers. This will still be a fun outing with time for hiking, relaxing and socializing. We will also have the opportunity to learn and ask questions. Restoration Plan:  Wooden sign installation for camping set back-  Installation of restoration signing at closed campsites-  Armoring and naturalization of illegal campsites-  Installation of no campfire signs-Trash. We will hike in from Green Lakes TH. This trip will require about 5 miles of hiking each way. Elevation gain round trip is approximately 1200 feet. We will camp in the Green Lakes area for the weekend and depart to Green Lakes TH on Sunday at 2pm with the goal of getting participants home by late afternoon Sunday. Please keep in mind that the work is somewhat strenuous. Most of this will be done in a team work fashion. RSVP at info@centralcascades.org

Thursday, August 27- Linton Meadows Stewardship Backpack

The DATE has NOT been determined yet so check back. This will be a 3 night out backpack into the Three Sisters Wilderness to complete a wilderness stewardship project. We will be joined by a wilderness ranger  who will give us instructions.  Our mission will be to rehab a wilderness lake camping area on the west side of Three Sisters near the PCT and Obsidian area. You will have to bring your own backpacking gear, work gloves and food. All other tools will be supplied by the Forest Service. No dogs or campfires please. We need a team of 8-10 backpackers. This will be a fun outing with time for hiking, relaxing and socializing. We will also have the opportunity to learn and ask questions. However, this will be our most strenuous backpack of the summer so please be prepared. Restoration Plan:    Armoring and naturalization of illegal campsites-  Rehab work- trash- sign installation. This trip will require about 7.5 miles of hiking each way. Elevation gain round trip is approximately 1200 feet. We should plan on approximately 4 hours of hiking time from the trail head. We will camp in the Linton Mdw area for the weekend and head back to trail head on Sunday at 4pm with the goal of getting participants home by evening Sunday. Please keep in mind that the work is somewhat strenuous. Most of this will be done in a team work fashion. RSVP at info@centralcascades.org

2014 Events

Celebrating 50 Years of American Wilderness

Wednesday, October 8 - Mt Jefferson Wilderness PCT Hike
This hike is about 14 miles one way using a car shuttle and about 1000ft elevation gain. It has more loss of elevation than gain. We will start from the Jack Lake TH (Canyon Creek Meadows) and go up to the PCT then head north to Rockpile Lake and continue to Shirley Lake, Carl Lake and Cabot Lake and finally the TH. There should be scenic views from the Cascade Crest, flowers, streams, lakes and very few people. This part of the PCT is between Three Finger Jack and Mt Jefferson and is mostly on the east side of the Crest. Please RSPVP only if you are in good physical shape. We need to keep a pace of at least 2mph or more. Find out more and RSVP at the Bend Adventure Meetup or contact us at info@centralcascades.org.
Saturday, September 27 - Love it and Leave it Clean Day!
Clean Sweep Hikes. We will divide up into teams of no more than 11, then each team will hike with a Wilderness Ranger or FCCW leader on a different trail. We will clean fire rings, pick up garbage and clean up campsites. Bring your 10 essentials, NW Forest Pass, water, lunch and layers. No dogs please. This will be followed by a get together at Deschutes Brewery. Meet at 8:00am at the West Side Safeway parking lot NW corner. Find out more and RSVP at the Bend Adventure Meetup or contact us at info@centralcascades.org.
Wednesday, September 17 - Bend Downtown Library Wilderness Slide Show
Learn about our local Wilderness areas. FCCW will be joined by local author and retired Forest Service Ranger Les Joslin. There will be time for questions and to meet members of FCCW. Find out more and RSVP by contacting us at info@centralcascades.org.
Tuesday, September 16 - Redmond Library Wilderness Slide Show 6pm
Learn about our local Wilderness areas. FCCW will be joined by local author and retired Forest Service Ranger Les Joslin. There will be time for questions and to meet members of FCCW. Find out more and RSVP by contacting us at info@centralcascades.org.
Friday, September 12-14 - Mattieu Lakes Stewardship Backpack
This will be a two night out backpack into the Three Sisters Wilderness to complete a wilderness stewardship project. We will be joined by a wilderness ranger who will give us instructions. Our mission will be to rehab a wilderness lake camping ara. You will have to bring your own backpacking gear and food. All other gear will be supplied by the Forest Service. Find out more and RSVP at the Bend Adventure Meetup or check out what we did on Facebook.
August 22-24 - Golden Lake Stewardship Backpack
This will be a two night out backpack into the Three Sisters Wilderness to complete a wilderness stewardship project. We will be joined by a wilderness ranger who will give us instructions. Our mission will be to rehab a wilderness lake camping area. You will have to bring your own backpacking gear and food. All other gear will be supplied by the Forest Service. Find out more at the Bend Adventure Meetup or check out what we did on Facebook.
July 2 - Fire Ecology Hike
A hike with a fire ecologist through some areas of burned wilderness and maybe unburned forest with a USFS Biologist/Ecologist, Amanda. The focus of this hike is to learn a little bit about Central Oregon fire ecology as part of the Wilderness 50th Anniversary. Presented in conjunction with the US Forest Service and the Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness. Find out more at the Bend Adventure Meetup or contact us at info@centralcascades.org.
June 29 - Art of Wilderness
Celebrate 'The Art of Wilderness' with Discover Your Forest and the Deschutes National Forest the last weekend of June at Lava Lands Visitor Center. “The Art of Wilderness” event features music, art and film inspired by the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act. All activities will be held at the Lava Lands Visitor Center of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, 58201 S Hwy 97 south of Bend, on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 4-8 pm.
June 14 - Marion Mt Hike
Marion Lake and Marion Mt are on the west side of Mt Jefferson Wilderness off Hwy 22. If we make it to the summit for the views then the hike will be 11.2 miles and 2000ft elevation gain. Part of this hike is in the 2003 burn. If we get stuck in downed trees or snow then there are 2 other trails to do from the lake. We might see Rhodies and bear grass. There is a stream, waterfall, views of Mt Jefferson and Three Finger Jack and Lake Ann. Please bring $4 for gas money, lunch, water, bug spray, sunscreen, 10 essentials, NW Forest Pass, hiking poles and wind layers. It will be cooler than in Bend. The sky is supposed to clear by afternoon. No dogs or guests please.
June 7 - Booth Lake Hike
Let's hike to the starting point of the 2003 B&B fire at Booth Lake in the Mt Jefferson Wilderness. We start at Round Lake and go past Long and Square Lakes and then to Booth which has a nice lunch spot. Then the adventure begins. Can we find Martin Lake? It is likely that we will have to walk over or under a few downed trees and small snow patches or wet areas. If the wind is too high then we will relocate to another trail out of the burn. We will be celebrating National Trails Day and the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act!We will be hiking up to 9 miles with 500ft elevation gain so please be prepared with water, lunch, layers, gas money for drivers ($3), camera, bug spray/netting and raincoat. No dogs please. The weather is looking to be warm, dry and sunny but cooler than Bend. From Bend it is about 50 minutes. Find out more at the Bend Adventure Meetup or contact us at info@centralcascades.org.
June 6 - Hike with a Wildlife Biologist
The focus of this hike is to learn a little bit about Central Oregon wildlife and ecology as part of the Wilderness 50th Anniversary and presented in conjunction with the US Forest Service. Holly, a wildlife biologist with the US Forest Service for a number of years, will lead us through the Bridge Creek watershed near Tumalo as it is a great example of some pristine ecological areas. She has a great program set aside for us. While this is not in the Wilderness, because of its status as watershed, dogs, camping, and many other activities are not allowed in this area making it often more 'untouched' than some of the high Wilderness areas of the Three Sisters. Find out more at the Bend Adventure Meetup or contact us at info@centralcascades.org.
May 11 - The Meeting plus a Metolius River Hike
Let's talk trails, gear and make some summer dreams happen. Find out what works for your day pack or overnight pack so you have the mysterious 10 essentials. Meet a special guest and brush up on Leave No Trace. Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness stewardship group is designing the day for you to get prepared for our busy but short Central Oregon summer. This will be an interactive, hands on, boots on the ground moving campsite to campsite to Fish Hatchery to Wizard Falls hike and seminar. We will form small groups and move along quickly. Even so, ask all the questions you have and don't forget to notice the incredible scenery along the river. Flowers are starting to come out now so it should be nice by then. We will be hiking up to 8 miles so please be prepared with water, lunch, layers and raincoat. No dogs please. Find out more at the Bend Adventure Meetup or contact us at info@centralcascades.org.
April 16 - River of No Return Movie
Deep in the heart of Idaho lies the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, part of the largest roadless area left in the lower 48 states. At 2.5 million acres, it is larger than Yellowstone, yet most people have never even heard of it. Designated a federally-protected wilderness in 1980 by Congress, the region is full of deep canyons and mountain forests, rivers and abundant wildlife. Otters and elk, deer and coyotes, blue birds and bighorn sheep, and newly-restored wolf populations all thrive there. Today, nine packs of wolves roam freely through the park, each pack dependent on family - raising their young and hunting together.Featured speaker, US Fish & Wildlife biologist and Oregon wolf expert, John Stephenson, will say a few words about wolves in our state and their connection to neighboring areas before the movie. Find out more at the Bend Adventure Meetup or contact us at info@centralcascades.org. Tickets $3 at the door of The Environmental Center Bend, 6pm.
March 8 - Mt Washington Wilderness Cross Country Ski
XC Ski tour of Ray Benson snowpark to visit the Brandenburg shelter and then follow the PCT into the Mt Washington Wilderness. The trails are moderate due to rolling hills (not steep). This ski is for intermediate level and above. Views of Mt Washington and more. Find out more at the Bend Adventure Meetup or contact us at info@centralcascades.org.
February 27 - Alone in the Wilderness Movie
This is the story of Dick Proenneke, a man who lived his dream in the Alaskan Wilderness. Admission is FREE. The movie starts at 6:30pm. Deschutes National Forest Service Trails and wilderness expert Chris Sabo will say a few words. One hour movie. Find out more at the Bend Adventure Meetup or contact us at info@centralcascades.org.