Wilderness Lake Hike - March 7, 2015 - 8:30 am - Bend

    We will hike about 10 miles with moderate elevation gain.  We might have a special guest join us. Please bring lunch, water, 10 essentials, NW Forest Pass, GPS and shoes that can walk in snow if we find snow patches. Bring any questions you have about FCCW and our local Wilderness areas.

    We had a great time exploring an lakes basin that few had been to before. We did have to walk over a little snow!

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Williamson Mt Hike - March 21, 2015 - 8:45 am - Bend

    Our hike is in the southeast corner of the Three Sisters Wilderness. The south end of Cascade Lakes Hwy is now open to Elk Lake. Let’s go explore. The hike will be 10-11 miles with elevation gain of about 800ft. It is early season so there could be some trees down or snow patches. Part of our adventure will be off trail. Please bring all of your own hiking gear, GPS and food, water, extra layers, NW Forest Pass.

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    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    FCCW Member Meeting - March 24, 2015 - 6:00 pm - Bend

    This meeting is open to all members that would like to get involved in FCCW admin and organization of  events. Join a committee, get to know the other members and learn more about FCCW.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    FCCW Member Meeting - April 28, 2015 - 6:00 pm - Bend

    Join us at our April meeting and get know members and how you might want to get involved.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Windy Lakes Trail Transect Backpack - May 16, 2015 - 8:00 am - Crescent Ranger District

    Overnight backpack in support of the Windigo-Diamond forest carnivore monitoring project. We’ll be watching the trail for carnivore scats, stopping for a couple minutes to document scats or other sign we find, and collecting any red fox scats we identify for the Forest Service to send to UC Davis for genetic and diet analysis. Route is a 23 mile loop from Windy-Oldenburg trailhead at the west end of Crescent Lake with around 2500 feet of climbing total over both days. Approximately half is in the Diamond Peak Wilderness.  Please also bring a handheld GPS unit if you have one and/or load your phone with a topo map app such as Backcountry Navigator (Android) or Topo Maps (iOS) and download the maps for use in areas without coverage.

    Great trip! We have sent in a substantial amount of data.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Wilderness Stewardship Skills Training - May 30, 2015 - 8:00 am - Trout Lake, WA

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    Click on these links to learn more and fill out a registration form for our Spring Volunteer Training Weekend in Trout Lake, WA. Registration deadline is April 27th. Registration is now full with a waitlist.

    Outstanding in every way! We are planning a longer event for next spring.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Hike with a Volcanologist - June 3, 2015 - 8:30 am - Bend

    Hike with a local Geologist, Daniele McKay and learn as you go.  Daniele has a PhD in geology, studies volcanoes in Oregon’s high desert and the Cascades, and teaches at the OSU-Cascades. Plan on about 6-9 miles and 1300ft elevation gain. This is a hike and not a classroom lecture in the field but will be tons to see and learn. Feel free to ask lots of questions. Please bring all of your own hiking gear and food, water, extra layers, NW Forest Pass and 10 essentials.

    Prof McKay was awesome! We all want her to come back next season for another hike.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Bachelor Mt and Coffin Mt National Trails Day Hike - June 6, 2015 - 8:00 am - Bend

    Let’s celebrate National Trails Day! Bachelor Mt is off of Hwy 22 and right next to Coffin Mt. This is not the ski area. Coffin Mt is one of my favorites and this hike is right next door and is at least equally good with an even better view of Jefferson. Tons of wildflowers. The hike is at least 2000ft elevation gain and about 10 miles. If you have extra energy there is the option of doing Coffin Mt as well. Which is 1100ft elevation gain and 3 miles round trip. It is awesome just by itself. All views and flowers with a lookout tower. This is an all day difficult hike if we do Coffin and all of Bachelor Mt!

    Wonderful people, flowers and views! What could be better?

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Browder Ridge National Trails Day Hike - June 6, 2015 - 8:15 am - Bend

    Let’s hike to celebrate National Trails Day! This is an amazing hike. Starting with a continuous, moderately steep uphill assent. The route features inclined alpine meadows with carpets of brilliant, perfumery flowers and incredible views of the Cascades as a back drop. The hike continues with a walk along the ridge crest– a sensory delight. Then up the side trail to Heart Lake overlook and a moderate scramble up to the summit with 360 degree views. Its worth the effort of the 2100 ft total vertical assent. Hike is about 8.5 miles roundtrip.

    One of our spring flower favorites and it lived up to it. Great day to celebrate trails.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    June Member Meeting - June 9, 2015 - 6:00 pm - Bend

    Calling all FCCW members and those interested in learning more about our stewardship activities. Our June meeting is open for rsvps! We will discuss the summer’s events and our plans for the future of the organization. Feel free to bring a drink of your choice.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Mt Washington Sign Install and George Lake Hike - June 14, 2015 - 8:30 am - Sisters

    This is a FCCW stewardship opportunity to install 2 signs and find a user trail to George Lake. Some people will help carry in tools and signs. Some will help install while a few others search for the lake junction. We have all tools needed. This is a section of the PCT just south of Santiam Pass. About 11 miles roundtrip and 1000ft elevation gain. It should be all logged out and is clear of snow. We start out near Big Lake and end up past Mt Washington at George Lake if we can find it.

    New signs are up and we ended up have to log out about 18 down trees to get through.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Hike with a Former Wilderness Ranger - June 17, 2015 - 8:30 am - Bend

    Hike with Sam Powell a former Wilderness Ranger with 9 years experience locally and learn as you go all about Wilderness. He has entertaining stories too. Plan on about 10 miles and 1000ft elevation gain. We will keep up a moderate pace with breaks and a bigger lunch break. This is a hike and not a classroom lecture in the field but will be tons to see and learn. Feel free to ask lots of questions.

    Always fun to hike or volunteer with Sam! You can visit him at Gear Fix now. We have a nonprofit account there where you can donate your gear for our benefit.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Horse Lake Stewardship Day Hike - June 27, 2015 - 7:30 am - Elk Lake, OR

    This is a FCCW stewardship opportunity to clean up campsites at area lakes, install a few signs and possible help log out a few small blow downs. We have all tools needed but you will need to help carry one in. No experience needed. Horse Lake has options for loop hikes and will also include Island Meadow area. About 8 miles roundtrip and 600ft elevation gain. The trail head is Elk Lake just across the hwy from the Resort, meet there.

    Even with the hot weather we got some work done and will be back to finish. Beautiful area with the Bear Grass blooming.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Horse Lake Sign Install Day Hike - June 28, 2015 - 7:30 am - Elk Lake, OR

    This is a FCCW stewardship opportunity to install 11 signs or how ever many we can get to. Some people may help carry tools in and out but most should already be at the work sites. We have all tools needed. No experience needed. Horse Lake has options for loop hikes and will also include Island Meadow area. About 10 miles roundtrip and 600ft elevation gain. It should be all logged out by Sunday. The trail head is Elk Lake just across the hwy from the Resort.

    Long day, some rain sprinkles but we divided into teams and got it done! Great teamwork and still smiling having fun to the end.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Windigo PCT Trail Transect Backpack - July 3, 2015 - 8:00 am - Crescent Ranger District

    Three day backpack in support of the Windigo-Diamond forest carnivore monitoring project. Pretty much your normal backpack except we’ll be watching the trail for carnivore scats, stopping for a couple minutes to document scats or other sign we find, and collecting any red fox scats we identify for the Forest Service to send to UC Davis for genetic and diet analysis. No science experience necessary; this hike is also a hands on training.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Hike with a Geologist - July 8, 2015 - 8:15 am - Bend

    Hike with a Forest Service Geologist, Bart Wills and learn as you go. Plan on about 10 miles and 1100ft elevation gain. This is a hike and not a classroom lecture but in the field. There will be tons to see and learn. Topics include volcanic history of Broken Top and Three Sisters, groundwater, springs, ice age and glaciers. Feel free to ask lots of questions.  We will be starting out from the Green Lakes TH and heading to Cayuse Crater.

    Bart is a great and patient teacher. So interesting! We immediately asked him to join us again.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Tenas Lakes Stewardship Backpack - July 10, 2015 - 8:45 am - Sisters

    This will be a 2 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. This will be a fun outing with time for hiking, relaxing and socializing. We will also have the opportunity to learn and ask questions.

    Cloudy weather did not stop us. The new signs are up and rehab work done. We cleaned campsites as well and packed out 7 pounds of trash. Thanks to everyone for coming out.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Island Meadow Sign Install Hike - July 15, 2015 - 7:15 am - Bend, OR 97701

    This is a FCCW stewardship opportunity to install one sign. It only takes a team of 3-4 about 45 minutes to install a sign and the rest is hiking time. Bear Grass is blooming here and we will do a loop hike. About 10 miles roundtrip and 600ft elevation gain. The trail head is Elk Lake just across the hwy from the Resort.

    The ground did not match the maps but we got all the signs in the right place and eventually found Breezy Point junction. It was a fun adventure in navigation.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Snell Trail Transect Backpack - July 18, 2015 - 8:00 am - Crescent Ranger District

    Overnight backpack in support of the Windigo-Diamond forest carnivore monitoring project. This is a normal backpacking trip plus we’ll be watching the trail for carnivore scats, stopping for a couple minutes to document scats or other sign we find, and collecting any red fox scats we identify for the Forest Service to send to UC Davis for genetic and diet analysis. No science experience necessary; this hike is also a two day, hands on training.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Mt Washington Sign Install Hike - July 22, 2015 - 7:30 am - Bend, OR 97701

    This is a FCCW stewardship opportunity to install 3 signs. Some people may help carry tools in and out and others actually do sign work. It only takes a team of 3-4 about 45 minutes to install a sign and the rest is hiking time. About 7 miles roundtrip and 800ft elevation gain. Trails are off Hwy 242, Proxy Falls and Belknap Crater.

    The signs are in and looking great. Go check them out! We collected some litter too and explored the caves at Little Belknap.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Linton Meadows Stewardship Backpack - July 24, 2015 - 8:30 am - Sisters

    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.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.

    One of our new favorite places and longest hikes. All of the new signs are in and the rehab project is started. We will likely return next season for more rehab work.  Thanks to Back Country Horsemen for packing in our supplies.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Cascade Lakes Relay Fundraiser - August 1, 2015 - 5:45 am - Bend

    We need volunteers to work our station at the Cascade Lakes Relay. This event serves as a fundraiser for FCCW. We need 6 volunteers for the morning shift and another 6 for the afternoon shift. Our station is at the Soda Creek Campground just off of the Cascade Lakes Highway (between Green Lakes and Todd Lakes Trail heads). No training needed and you do not have to run the race just work the station, easy. RSVP for the morning or afternoon shift or for any amount of hours you can be there.

    We filled all the slots and earned FCCW about $800. It was not our usual Wilderness experience but a fun day nonetheless. Thank You Volunteers!

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Patjens Lake Sign Install Hike - August 5, 2015 - 7:30 am - Bend, OR 97701

    This is a FCCW stewardship opportunity to install 2-3 signs. Some people may help carry tools in and out and others actually do sign work. It only takes a team of 3-4 about 45 minutes to install a sign and the rest is hiking time. We have all tools needed. No experience needed. About 9 miles roundtrip and 1000ft elevation gain. The location will most likely be trails off of Hwy 20, Santiam Pass.

    We had a fun day out in the sun! Two signs are done and we have a few more left in the area for next season. Awesome group of volunteers. Thank You!

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Obsidian Sign Install Day Hike - August 6, 2015 - 7:00 am - Bend, OR 97701

    This will be a 12 mile roundtrip day hike into the Three Sisters Wilderness to install 4 signs if we have time/energy. You will have to bring your own hiking gear, work gloves, water and food. All other tools will be supplied and are there for us to use. We need a team of 4-8 volunteers. This will still be a fun outing with time for hiking and socializing. Thank you for your willingness to help. We will start at the Obsidian TH and make a loop.

    The work was finished but it was a long day. This is a unique and special place. To visit you need a permit from Recreation.gov. We are honored to be involved in the signage and rehab of this Obsidian filled wonderland. More projects here next season.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Mink Lake Sign Install Backpacking Trip - August 15, 2015 - 6:15 am - Bend, OR 97701

    This will be a 2 night out backpack into the Three Sisters Wilderness to install 13 signs. We need a team of 7-10 backpackers. This will still be a fun outing with time for hiking, relaxing and socializing. The hike in is about 6 miles. Mink Lake Basin is full of lakes and a very pretty forest. We start out from the Six Lakes TH off Cascade Lakes Hwy. Please keep in mind that the work is somewhat strenuous.

    We finished 12 signs and will be back next year for the last one. This is the place to go for Solitude and exploring. The new signs really help as the ground and maps don’t always match up. Thanks to Back Country Horsemen for hauling in our tools and signs. They also packed out 100lbs of trash!

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Cliff Lake Sign Install Day Hike - August 16, 2015 - 7:30 am - Bend, OR 97701

    This will be a 10-11 mile hike into the Three Sisters Wilderness to install 2-3 signs. Bring work gloves.  You will have to bring your own hiking gear, work gloves, NW Forest Pass and food. We need a team of 3-6 strong hikers. Thank you for your willingness to help. The hike in is about 5-6 miles one way. Mink Lake Basin is full of lakes and a very pretty forest. We start out from the Six Lakes TH off Cascade Lakes Hwy.

    Great teamwork and beautiful hike. No bugs and the best weather. The signs are up and the tools all packed out.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Hike with a Wildlife Biologist - August 19, 2015 - 8:30 am - Bend

    Hike with a Forest Service Wildlife Biologist, Barbara Webb and learn as you go. Plan on about 10 miles and 700ft elevation gain. We will keep up a moderate pace with breaks and a bigger lunch break. We will hike to Teddy or Muskrat Lake. This is a hike and not a classroom lecture in the field but will be tons to see and learn. Feel free to ask lots of questions.

    There is more out in the woods then we have noticed before. Great hike by Barbara. She is so knowledgeable. She also partners with us on our Citizen Science program.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Matthieu Lakes Stewardship Backpack - August 28, 2015 - 8:30 am - Sisters

    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. This will be a fun outing with time for socializing. We will also have the opportunity to learn and ask questions.

    Restoration Plan:    Armoring and naturalization of illegal campsites-  Rehab work to finish our project from last summer. This trip will require about 3 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 Mattieu Lakes area for the weekend and head back to trail head on Sunday at 2pm.

    We cleaned up a large structure at Yapoah Lake as well as rehab work at Matthieu Lakes. The rain and wind nearly blew us back home but we got it done. We also cut out one big log near the trail head. We also dismantled two old outhouses and packed out trash.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Green Lakes Stewardship Backpack I - September 11, 2015 - 8:00 am - Bend

    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. You will have to bring your own backpacking gear, work gloves and food. All other tools will be supplied. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This will be a fun outing with time for 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 is approximately 1200 feet. We will camp in the Green Lakes area for the weekend and depart to Green Lakes TH on Monday at 12pm with the goal of getting home by afternoon Monday. Please keep in mind that the work is somewhat strenuous.

    Mission Accomplished! All the new signs are up and sites decommissioned and rehabbed. We packed out 20lbs of trash, took down 4 structures, 1 fire ring and cleaned all 28 the designated campsites.


    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Green Lakes Stewardship Backpack II - September 18, 2015 - 8:00 am - Bend

    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. This will still be a fun outing with time for relaxing and socializing. We will also have the opportunity to learn and ask questions. Restoration Plan:  Installation of restoration signing at closed campsites-  Armoring and naturalization of illegal campsites-Trash collection. 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 ft. Thank you for your willingness to help.

    Unfortunately, just a few days later we found more toilet paper and trash to collect. We added the last signs and rehabbed more sensitive areas. Beautiful weekend with the snow on the mountain. Fall is here!

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    Members Monthly Meeting - September 22, 2015 - 6:00 pm - Bend

    Our Board meets once a month to vote on items and go over future plans. Members are very welcome to attend and partake in the discussions and planning. Go to our Get Involved Page to become a member and join our meetings. There are many in the field activities and behind the scenes volunteer work opportunities.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Breezy Point Sign Install Day Hike - October 3, 2015 - 8:00 am - Bend, OR 97701

    This is a FCCW stewardship opportunity to install 1 sign. Some people may help carry tools in and out and others do the installation. We have all tools needed. No experience needed. Horse Lake basin has options for loop hikes and will also include Island Meadow area. About 10 miles roundtrip and 600ft elevation gain. The trail head is Elk Lake just across the hwy from the Resort. Please bring all of your own hiking gear, work gloves, map and food, water, NW Forest Pass. No dogs please.

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    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Windy Carnivore Station Weekend 1 - October 10, 2015 - 8:00 am - Crescent Ranger District

    Overnight trip deploying four to six camera stations in the Windy Lakes area for forest carnivore monitoring. Bring backpacking gear and a GPS. Expect 10 miles hiking each day with a couple thousand feet of elevation change, including off trail travel assessing station locations. Access is from the Windy-Oldenburg trailhead at the west end of Crescent Lake.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Love It and Leave It Clean Day! Easy- Bend - October 17, 2015 - 8:00 am - Bend

    We will divide up into teams of no more than 11, then each team will hike with a Ranger or trained volunteer on a different trail. We will clean fire rings, pick up garbage and clean up campsites along the way. No experience required. There will be a brief safety talk and volunteer agreements will need to be signed before heading out. We will be doing trails off Cascade Lakes Hwy. Those short on time and energy would be best for this Easy group. Bring your hiking gear, water, lunch and layers. Bring OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWork gloves or plastic gloves, everything else will be provided. No dogs please. Under age 18 must come with a parent. Thanks for your help, let’s leave the trails looking good for spring.

     

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Love It and Leave It Clean Day! Moderate Plus- Sisters - October 17, 2015 - 8:00 am - Sisters

    We will divide up into teams of no more than 11, then each team will hike with a Ranger or trained volunteer on a different trail. 20140702_151414We will clean fire rings, pick up garbage, clean up campsites along with other tasks. No experience required. There will be a brief safety talk and volunteer agreements will need to be signed before heading out. We will be cleaning trails in Mt Jefferson, Mt Washington and Three Sisters Wildernesses. Those looking for a hike of 10 miles would be best for this Strenuous group. Bring your hiking gear, water, lunch and layers. Work gloves or plastic gloves would be great otherwise everything else will be provided. No dogs please. Under age 18 will need to accompany a parent. Thanks for your help, let’s leave the trails looking good for spring.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Love It and Leave It Clean Day! Moderate- Bend - October 17, 2015 - 8:00 am - Bend

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe will divide up into teams of no more than 11, then each team will hike with a Ranger or trained volunteer on a different trail. We will clean fire rings, pick up garbage and clean up campsites along the way. No experience required. There will be a brief safety talk and volunteer agreements will need to be signed before heading out. We will be doing trails off Cascade Lakes Hwy. Those looking for a hike of 7-9 miles would be best for this Moderate group. Bring your hiking gear, water, lunch and layers. Bring Work gloves or plastic gloves otherwise everything else will be provided. No dogs please. Under age 18 will need to be accompanied by a parent. Thanks for your help, let’s leave the trails looking good for spring.

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    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Love It and Leave It Clean Day! Moderate- Sisters - October 17, 2015 - 8:00 am - Sisters

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe will divide up into teams of no more than 11, then each team will hike with a Ranger or trained volunteer on a different trail. We will clean fire rings, pick up garbage and clean up campsites along the way. No experience required. There will be a brief safety talk and volunteer agreements will need to be signed before heading out. We will be doing trails off Hwy 242 and Hwy 20. Those looking for a hike of 7-9 miles would be best for this Moderate group. Bring your hiking gear, water, lunch and layers. Bring Work gloves or plastic gloves otherwise everything else will be provided. No dogs please. Under age 18 must be with a parent. Thanks for your help, let’s leave the trails looking good for spring.

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    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Scott Sign Install Day Hike - October 24, 2015 - 8:00 am - Bend, OR 97701

    This will be a 10 mile hike roundtrip into the Three Sisters Wilderness to install 2 signs. You will have to bring your own hiking gear, work gloves, NW Forest Pass, water and food. All other tools will be supplied. No dogs please. We need a team of 5-12 hikers. This will still be a fun outing with time for socializing. Thank you for your willingness to help.  We will start at the Scott Trailhead and stop at 4 in 1 Cone and the upper meadow. Please keep in mind that the work is somewhat strenuous. This will be done in a team work fashion. Everyone will have to sign a volunteer agreement and waiver.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Windy Carnivore Station Overnight - October 27, 2015 - 8:00 am - Crescent Ranger District

    Overnight trip completing camera station deployment in the Windy Lakes area for forest carnivore monitoring. Bring backpacking gear and a GPS. Expect 10 miles hiking each day with a couple thousand feet of elevation change, including off trail travel assessing station locations. Access is from the Windy-Oldenburg trailhead at the west end of Crescent Lake.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Deer Butte Sign Install Day Hike - November 4, 2015 - 8:00 am - Bend, OR 97701

    This is a FCCW stewardship opportunity to install 1 sign. The good news is that the sign is very near the trail head so we don’t have to hike with the tools. Some people may help carry tools in and out and others actually do sign work. It only takes a team of 3-4 about 45 minutes to install a sign and the rest is hiking time. We have all tools needed. No experience needed. About 7 miles roundtrip and 1000ft elevation gain. This trail system is off Hwy 126 Mckenzie River so 1.5 hr drive. The trail connects into Tenas Lakes and Robinson Lake and is seldom used. It is in the Mt Washington Wilderness. Please bring all of your own hiking gear, work gloves, map and food, water, NW Forest Pass. No dogs please.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Windy Station Baiting - November 6, 2015 - 8:00 am - Crescent Ranger District

    Trip to deploy bait at and service two camera stations in the Windy Lakes area for red fox and marten carnivore monitoring. Bring regular day gear plus a GPS. Expect 10 miles hiking with a couple thousand feet of elevation change, including off trail travel assessing station locations. Access is from the Windy-Oldenburg trailhead at the west end of Crescent Lake. Car or very short backpack camping and spending a couple hours at a third station the following morning is an option.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Willamette Carnivore Station Move - November 10, 2015 - 8:00 am - Crescent Ranger District

    Day trip to move a camera station in the Willamette Pass area for red fox and marten carnivore monitoring. Bring hiking gear and a GPS. Expect 10 miles walking and a bit over a thousand feet of climbing, including off trail travel assessing station locations. Access is from the PCT trailhead at Willamette Pass.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Willamette Station Service - November 20, 2015 - 7:30 am - Crescent Ranger District

    Day trip to check a camera station in the Willamette Pass area for red fox and marten carnivore monitoring. Bring hiking gear and a GPS. About eight miles roundtrip with a few hundred feet of climbing, including off trail travel assessing station locations and possibly tracking. Access is from the PCT trailhead at Willamette Pass. Carpool from Bend at 7:30 or meet at the trailhead at 9:30.

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    Annual All Members Meeting - April 25, 2016 - 6:00 pm - Bend

    Welcome to our annual all members meeting. We will share our plans for the 2016 field season. We will also introduce our newly elected Board members. Our Forest Service partners will be present. Come out and meet us and see if there is a volunteer position or outing that interests you. Non-members are also welcome so bring a friend. On first floor just inside the main entrance, Brooks Room. Deschutes Public Library in Downtown Bend.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Robinson Lake Sign Install Day Hike - May 18, 2016 - 8:00 am - Bend, OR 97701

    Robinson Lake is a quiet lake, that is swimmable in summer weather, east of Hwy 126 and south of Koosah Falls. The total hike distance will be under 6 miles and the elevation gain about 400 feet.

    This is a Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness Stewardship hike. Our mission is to install trail signs at 2 locations along the trail. You will help carry hand tools and signs. We will cut signposts from downed trees. On the job training will be provided. You will need to bring work gloves, eye protection and a trash bag. We expect to return to Bend about 4 PM.

    Please bring proper hiking gear, food, water, sun and rain protection, first aid, extra layers and the 10 essentials. Please give drivers $3 gas money. No dogs please.

    We can also arrange to meet you in Sisters.

    Robinson Lake Sign Install Day Hike

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Frissel Crossing Camping and Sign Install Hikes - May 21, 2016 - 7:00 am - Bend, OR 97701

    We will campout at Frissel Crossing Campground on Saturday night, May 21  and hike in to install trail signs in the Three Sisters Wilderness. Frissel Crossing is off NF 19 south of Cougar Reservoir. Amenities: Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water.

    One team Saturday  will install 4 signs on McBee trail, 12 miles – 200 feet gain. Saturday, we will install 4 signs on Olallie trail, 8 miles – 1800 feet gain. Sunday morning, we will break camp and will install 2 signs on Rebel Rock trail, 1 mile – 300 feet gain.

    This is a Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness Stewardship hike. You will help carry hand tools and signs. We will cut signposts from downed trees. On the job training will be provided. You will need to bring work gloves, eye protection and a trash bag. We expect to return to Bend by 4 PM on Sunday.  Let us know if you can do all or part of this trip.

    Please bring proper camping gear, hiking gear, food, water, sun and rain protection, first aid, extra layers and the 10 essentials. Please give drivers $3 gas money. No dogs please.

    We can also arrange to meet you in Sisters or at the campground.

    Frissel Crossing Camping and Sign Install Hikes

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Wilderness Impacts Forum - June 15, 2016 - 6:00 pm - Bend

    Central Oregon Bitterbrush Broads & Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness: Wilderness Impacts Forum

    Please join us on the evening of June 15th for an important discussion of the increasing overuse impacts we’re seeing in the wilderness areas located in close proximity to our Central Oregon communities. We will have a power point presentation showing some of these impacts. Information will be presented on the increasing usage and resulting impacts to popular areas such as Green Lakes, No Name Lake and South Sister, followed by small group discussions of “what might be done to address this growing problem.

    The forum will take place from 6:00 – 7:30 PM in the Brooks Room at the Downtown Branch of the Deschutes County Library. Hope to see you out there!

    You will need to register for this event at SignUpGenius after clicking on “Go to the event’s page”

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Patjens Lakes Trail Sign Installation - June 22, 2016 - 8:00 am - Bend, OR 97701

    Patjens Lakes Trailhead is at the top of the Santiam Pass near the shore of beautiful Big Lake. The trail follows the shore of Big Lake with views of Hoodoo and mesa-like Hayrick Butte before looping into the Mt Washington Wilderness to the Patjens Lakes. We will follow until it leads away from Big Lake so the total hike distance will be under 3 miles with little elevation gain
    Our mission is to install trail signs at 2 locations along the trail. You will help carry hand tools and signs. We will cut signposts from downed trees. On the job training will be provided. You will need to bring work gloves, eye protection (eyeglasses or sun glasses will suffice) and a small trash bag. You will need long sleeves and long pants for protection while working but not while you are hiking. We expect to return to Bend before 4 PM.
    Please wear proper hiking footwear and bring a snack and a lunch, 2 liters of water, sun and rain protection, personal first aid kit, and extra layers. Make sure that you have the 10 essentials recommended for hiking. Please give drivers $2 gas money. No dogs please.
    We can also arrange to meet you in Sisters at Ray’s Food Place.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Elk Lake – PCT Loop Hike - July 6, 2016 - 8:00 am - Bend

    This is a short 4 mile hike into the Three Sisters Wilderness from Elk Lake TH up Island Meadow Trail to the PCT where will will see beautiful views of South Sister, Broken Top, Mt. Bachelor and Elk Lake. We will continue along the PCT to Horse Lake Trail and follow it back to the TH. About 350 feet elevation gain. There are some downed trees to step or scramble over but all the brush has been cleared.

    We’ll meet in the gravel lot next to the dog park on SW Columbia in Bend.

    Our mission is to install new trail signs at 2 locations along the trail. You will help carry hand tools and signs. We will cut signposts from downed trees. On the job training will be provided. You will need to bring work gloves, eye protection (eyeglasses or sun glasses will suffice) and a small trash bag. You will need long sleeves and long pants for protection while working but not while you are hiking.

    We will stop for a cold beverage at Elk Lake Resort afterwards and we expect to return to Bend before 4 PM.

    Please wear proper hiking footwear and bring a snack and a lunch, 2 liters of water, sun and rain protection, mosquito repellent, personal first aid kit, and extra layers. Make sure that you have the 10 essentials recommended for hiking. Please give drivers $2 gas money. No dogs please.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Devils Lake TH 3 Day Sign Installation Backpack - July 17, 2016 - 7:00 am - Bend

    We will hike in from Devils Lake Trailhead carrying one set of tools and 3 signs. We will hike past the Le Conte Crater, crossing the Wickiup Plain and follow the PCT north to James Creek Trail. We will install 3 signs on day 1 and cache the tools for collection on our way out. We will camp near James Creek Shelter or near Indian Holes Falls. On day 2 we will hike to the junction of Buck Meadows Trail and Foley Ridge Trail where we will collect 3 signs and a second set of tools that have been cached for us. We will install 3 signs, return the tools to the cache site and hike back to camp. On day 3 we will hike out with the first set of tools to Devils Lake Trailhead.  Each day we will hike about 10 miles.

    You will carry tools and signs and help to install the signs. We will cut signposts from downed trees. On the job training will be provided.  Bring work gloves, eye protection (eyeglasses or sun glasses will suffice) and a small trash bag. You will need long sleeves and long pants for protection while working but not while hiking. Wear proper hiking footwear. Bring full backpack camping equipment including  tent, sleeping bag, stove, snacks and sufficient food for 3 days, 2 liters water, a water purification system, sun and rain protection, extra layers of clothing and a personal first aid kit. Make sure that you have the 10 essentials recommended for hiking in the Wilderness. Please give drivers $2 for gas. No dogs please.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Linton Meadows Restoration Backpack - July 29, 2016 - 9:30 am - Sisters

    This will be a 2 night out backpack into the Three Sisters Wilderness
    to continue on a wilderness stewardship project that started last
    year.  We will hike in the Obsidian Trail to the PCT and then down the PCT to Linton Meadows.  The hiking distance will be around 9 miles to get to our basecamp.  We will need to carry our tools as well as backpacking gear for two nights out.  Instructions will be provided for the rehab work once we arrive in the area and assess the trail. Sunday will be spent hiking out in order to be back by the trailhead by mid –afternoon.  Volunteer agreements with the forest service need to be in place before the trip or at the trail head. No dogs or guests please. You must bring your own backpacking gear and food. Carpooling from Sisters or meet at Obsidian Trail head on hwy 242.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Matthieu Lakes Restoration - August 6, 2016 - 8:00 am - Sisters

    You have the option of joining us for both days or just one. South Matthieu Lake is on the PCT and gets a lot of use. It needs restoration and iceberging. Tasks include picking up trash, naturalizing campsites and erasing fire rings. Please bring the 10 essentials and appropriate hiking attire for the weather, lunch and water. Bring overnight backpacking gear of you plan to camp with us Saturday night. We will be carpooling from Sisters Ranger Station. Bring work gloves. Other tools and garbage bags will be provided. Please no dogs. Before we leave for the day, there will be a safety talk and volunteer agreements to sign. This trip is organized by Friends of the Central Cascades Wilderness and the Deschutes National Forest.

    We have 3 RSVPS and 2 Rangers attending so far. We could really use a bigger crew even if you just come out for one day. Thanks!

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Obsidian Restoration Backpack - August 26, 2016 - 9:30 am - Sisters

    This will be a 2 night out backpack into the Three Sisters Wilderness
    to finish a wilderness stewardship project.  We will hike in the
    Obsidian Trail towards the PCT on that Friday and make a basecamp
    around the Obsidian Falls area.  The hiking distance will be around 6
    miles to our basecamp.  We will need to carry our tools as well as
    backpacking gear for two nights out.  Instructions will be provided
    on-site.  Volunteer agreements with the forest service need to be in
    place before the trip. No dogs or guests please. You must bring your own backpacking gear and food.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Moraine Lake Restoration - September 9, 2016 - 10:00 am - Bend

    Moraine Lake Basin needs our help. We will be doing restoration work there for 3 days. You have the option of joining us for all or part of the trip. Please bring work gloves and your own food and hiking/backpacking gear. Please rsvp which days you are coming out for since we need to keep the group under 12. Meet Friday at the Devil’s Lake trailhead to hike in with a Ranger. Or you can hike in Friday night, Saturday or Sunday from Devil’s Lake or Green Lakes to join the work party. This is about a 2.5 mile hike to the lake. You may be asked to carry tools in or out. Please no dogs. There will be a safety talk and volunteer agreements to sign. Make sure to have a Northwest Forest Pass on your car. We will be removing posts and restoring heavily impacted areas.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Sisters Mirror Lake Sign Installation Hike - September 14, 2016 - 7:30 am - Bend

    This is a 8 mile out and back hike into the Three Sisters Wilderness from Devils Lake TH along the Wickiup Plains trail to the PCT. You will see picturesque glimpses of South Sister, Kaleetan Butte and The House Rock through the trees. The trail climbs to over 6000 feet but the trail has been logged out. Elevation gain is about 600 feet.

    Our task is to install new trail signs at 4 locations along the trail. You will help carry hand tools and signs. We will cut signposts from downed trees. On the job training will be provided. You will need to bring work gloves, eye protection (eyeglasses or sun glasses will suffice) and a small trash bag. You will need long sleeves and long pants for protection while working but not while you are hiking. We expect to return to Bend before 5 PM.

    We will meet in the gravel lot next to the dog park on SW Columbia in Bend.

    Please wear proper hiking footwear and bring a snack and a lunch, 2 liters of water, sun and rain protection, mosquito repellent, personal first aid kit, and extra layers. Make sure that you have the 10 essentials recommended for hiking. A mosquito net and a trekking pole would be useful. Please give drivers $2 gas money. No dogs please.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Western Cascades Camping, Hiking and Sign Installation - September 27, 2016 - 9:00 pm - West of Mckenzie Bridge

    Two days of short hikes in the Western Cascades to install some trail junction signs and to catch some superb views. Free camping is available at Delta Campground on Aufderheide Road (FS-19) just south of Hwy 126 from Monday through Wednesday . The campground has water and vault toilets. You have the option of joining us for one or both days. Central Oregon based Adventurers can carpool from Bend on Monday and Meetup with west side Adventurers at Delta Campground. We will leave Delta at 9:00 each morning for the trailheads.
    We will hike 2 miles on Lowder Mountain Trail, install a sign, then continue 0.8 miles to the summit for impressive cliff top views of the High Cascades with Karl and Ruth Lakes 1000 feet below.
    We will hike French Pete Trail for 1.5 miles along Aspen Creek installing 2 signs along the way.
    We will hike 2 miles on Olallie Trail, install a sign then hike 1.4 miles up to the old fire lookout on Olallie Mtn for some great views of the Three Sisters. We have the option of installing 2 more signs on Olallie Trail if we have time and enough hikers.
    We will also install two signs close to Rebel Trailhead on Monday afternoon beginning at 1:00 pm.

    You will carry tools and signs and help to install the signs. We will cut signposts from downed trees. On the job training will be provided. Bring work gloves, eye protection (eyeglasses or sun glasses will suffice) and a small trash bag. You will need long sleeves and long pants for protection while working but not while hiking. Wear proper hiking footwear. Bring your own camping equipment including tent, sleeping bag, stove, sufficient snacks and food for 3 days, water, sun and rain protection, extra layers of warm clothing and a personal first aid kit. Make sure that you have the 10 essentials recommended for hiking in the Wilderness. Please contribute gas money to drivers. No dogs please.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

    Love It and Leave It Clean Day - October 1, 2016 - 9:00 am - Bend

    Join our annual day of cleaning up the trails and backcountry campsites before winter arrives. We will divide up into teams and hike trails off of Cascade Lakes Highway. Each group will be led by a Wilderness Ranger. Hikes will vary in length and difficulty. We will put you in a group to match your physical ability. Tasks include picking up trash, naturalizing campsites and erasing fire rings. Please bring the 10 essentials and appropriate hiking attire for the weather, lunch and water. We will be carpooling. Bring work gloves. Other tools and garbage bags will be provided. Please no dogs. Bring friends and neighbors! Before we leave for the day, there will be a safety talk and volunteer agreements to sign.

    We will meet at River Bend Dog Park off Columbia Street in Bend. Look for the Forest Service trucks in the paved and gravel lots.
    After our hikes, we will all meet at Crux Brewery in Bend to have dinner together and share stories. Plan to meet there anytime after 5:30pm.

    Go to the event's page for more information and to RSVP once RSVPs are open.

Watch for Summer 2016 Events start being posted in May. Look for day trips, backpacking trips and more sign install outings.

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