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Hiking a New Trail - Wychus Creek

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I have been hiking in Central Oregon for 20 years now – so it is always a treat when a new trail is opened, particularly a lower elevation trail that will be open year round. Many of our mountain trails are already closed because of winter conditions. The Deschutes Basin Land Trust opened a new trail that drops down into Wychus Canyon and follows Wychus Creek. It was a great hike, very beautiful, approximately 5 miles. The Land Trusts rates it as a difficult hike; I thought it was moderate.

I hiked with my friends Hanne and Jean. The trail drops down the basalt rimrock canyon to Wychus Creek.

Me on the trail

Wychus Creek

3 friends on the trail

Hanne & Jean ascending

View of the canyon from the rimrock

The trail down to the creek, along the creek, and out of the canyon was excellent. We were very lucky—the rain held off until we returned home. In fact, from the view point at the top, through the clouds we could see the snow covered Cascade peaks.

Along the top on the return loop, the trail was not finished and was not well marked. We went cross country on several different deer trails. But it was very easy to find our way back – the canyon is such a distinctive landmark.

I leave tomorrow for vacation; I will spend a week in California with my family, and then my sister Mindy & I are going to Guatemala. We will be hiking, visiting Lake Atitlan which is a high in the mountains, taking a short river cruise through the rain forest; and visiting Mayan ruins.

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