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.

Face masks:
Per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, all participants (regardless of vaccination status) must bring and wear a face mask during the walk or hike (as soon as you exit your vehicle). Face masks must fit tight to the face, be worn over the nose and mouth, and must be secure enough to stay on during your entire walk or hike. Per OHA guidelines, face shields are not considered a face mask. The Land Trust will have extra face masks for use as needed.

  • 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

    Face mask (homemade is fine), 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.

  • Accessibility

    The Land Trust is working to make our Walks + Hikes as accessible as possible. Please let us know at least one week in advance if there is something we can do or provide to support you in participating in this outing to the fullest and we will accommodate as possible.