ABC Hike Fast Paced! Let's Hike Riley Ranch!

Don Cooper @doncooper

Riley Ranch Nature Reserve - Bend, OR
19975 Glen Vista Rd

Mon, Jul 22, 2019 at 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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Leadership Cadre for the ABC Hike: Don Cooper, Tina, Chuck and Jeff, at least one of us will be on every hike. ABC Hike (Always Be Conditioning:-) Let's hike a gorgeous trail in one Bend's newest parks. The hike has a generally soft, even and easy on your body hiking surface as well as beautiful riparian and canyon scenery. This fast paced, short duration hike is excellent for all skill levels and would be beneficial as a recovery hike from the weekend or a fast paced cardio hike to start the week. This is an out and back hike paralleling the Deschutes River, hiking towards Tumalo State Park and return. We can meet for brunch/lunch afterwards if there is any interest. Hike Start: Please arrive 10 minutes early; in consideration of your fellow hikers be prepared to hike at 9 AM. Water: Due to the hike's brevity make sure to hydrate prior to the event. Restroom: At trail head and a portable toilet at turnaround point. HIKE DETAILS: * Activity Level: Moderate+ * Mileage: 6.8 total miles, 300' elevation gain/loss * Pace: 3+ miles/hour * What to bring: Water, trail snacks and The Ten Essentials * Clothing: Appropriate for the conditions * Carpool to Bend: Use the comments section to arrange * Permits or Parking Fees: None * Dogs: Per park rules are not permitted, on or off leash. The Ten Essentials Description: https://www.mountaineers.org/blog/what-are-the-ten-essentials and Riley Ranch Nature Reserve: Located on the northwest edge of Bend, Riley Ranch Nature Reserve is 184 acres featuring 35 acres of canyon floor along the Deschutes River and a 30-acre band of rimrock cliffs. This mostly rugged terrain offers a near-to-home nature experience unlike others provided by Bend Park & Recreation District. From its unique location adjacent to the Deschutes River, Riley Ranch Nature Reserve offers dramatic views of the Cascade Mountain Range and the river canyon. Appearing relatively untouched in some places, the land features open meadows, juniper and pine forests, unique lava flows, cliffs and the river’s rocky canyon. The park is host to many native plant species, migratory birds and wildlife. https://www.bendparksandrec.org/park/riley-ranch-nature-reserve/