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Old School Networking

Dan Chamness and family near Trout Creek hiking area.

Dan Chamness and family near Trout Creek hiking area.

Back in 1972, long before the advent of Meetup, a group of Madras-based outdoor enthusiasts got together and formed the Desert Trail Association to promote recreational exploration of arid Oregon landscapes. The group petered out in the 2000s but re-launched this year and is sponsoring a full series of hikes including a couple this week.

Gray Butte

Like nearby Grizzly Mountain, this Central Oregon bump in the ground is known for its expansive views from the Ochocos to the Cascades and all that falls between them. The hike is a four and half mile loop and the stretch to the summit can be difficult. The group will be hiking this trail Friday, May 15, meeting at the Skull Hollow Campground off Lone Pine Road at 10 am.

Trout Creek to Frog Springs

Scenic and historically significant, this easy hike follows the long-forgotten dreams of railroad builder James Hill, along the abandoned rail line, through the dramatic columnar deposits that form the Deschutes River Canyon near Warm Springs. This hike meets up at Sahalee City Park in Madras, 9 am, Sunday, May 17.

Contact Dan Chamness at to RSVP or for more information on the Desert Trail Association and more upcoming hikes.

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