Geology Hike, priday-ranch

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Derek Loeb for a geology hike at Priday Ranch, the Land Trust's newest conserved area. Learn more about the conservation values of the property and get to know some why its thousands of acres are so important for Central Oregon wildlife now and into the future. Explore basalt flows and tuff created by volcanic ash, all while hiking from the ranch house up the canyon. 

Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event. Per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, we strongly recommend that individuals who are unvaccinated or who are at higher risk for COVID-19 continue to wear a face covering in crowded areas and in large gatherings of individuals, and maintain physical distancing.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate 2-3 mile hike off-trail, through grassy meadows, and along Trout Creek.

    Route: This hike will start near the agricultural fields and will visit the newly restored areas of Trout Creek. We will venture off-trail into the meadow and walk among native bunchgrasses. Terrain will be uneven.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is moderate with little elevation gain/loss.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, water, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Land Trust protected the 4,500 acre Priday Ranch in 2020. Priday Ranch contains ten miles of Trout Creek, Antelope Creek, and Ward Creek, rugged canyons, and native grasslands. The property is located north of Madras, Oregon and is home to numerous wildlife species including steelhead, nesting golden eagles, mule deer, Rocky Mountain elk, and beaver.