3 Days, 2 nights
Price: $1100 per person
Our overnight accommodations are situated outdoors on a private ranch, with comfortable amenities provided in a rustic, Wild West setting. Enjoy a campfire each night, take in the stars, and share a story or two. Bring an instrument to encourage singalongs!
DAY 1: Bend | Hart Mt. Antelope Refuge | Frenchglen
Bend lies on the outermost western edge of the Great Basin Desert. Our first day’s journey will transport us deeper into the fabled sagebrush country of the graceful pronghorn and cattle baron, Peter French. Our visit at Hart Mountain, high up in the Warner Mountains, will include a dip into a steaming hot spring.
Day 2: Steens Mountain Loop
After a hearty breakfast with group members, our route takes us to heights of 9,700 feet where vistas over the driest section of Oregon meet the eye. The cracked earth a mile below is striking, while remnant snow patches atop the Steens persist from last winter’s deposits. We’ll walk the uplifted slopes of Steens Mt. where the changing aspens fill our senses of sight and smell while the rustling leaves whisper in our ears. A good hike into glacial cut Wildhorse Canyon where shimmering waters lie will enliven your senses! Deep, water-cut canyons will guide us back to our private encampment for a second night.
Day 3: Pike Creek Canyon | Alvord Desert
The lonely desert roads lie ahead today! The incredibly vast and unpopulated land will certainly strike awe in you. Lying at the eastern base of the Steens, 5,000 feet below our perch atop Steens the day before, lies the Alvord Desert. The Alvord is a playa, dried by the scorching sun, on the edge of which flows the perennial hot waters of Alvord Spring. Plunging into this ephemeral playa is Pike Creek which flows through its eroded canyon on the Steens east flank. Willow, sage, cottonwood and gurgling water accompany our hike up-canyon. Exhilarated by the natural world, we’ll head back to Bend in time for dinner.