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March | Central/Eastern Oregon Broads – Let’s go Hike!

March | Central/Eastern Oregon Broads – Let’s Hike!


March 13, 20, and 27, 2024

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It’s time to hit the trails again! Scott Bowler will once again be our fearless leader.

Scott Bowler – Hike Leader is on the Bitterbrush Broads and Bros Leadership team. He leads educational hikes for the Broads & Bros every year. Scott has a casual and interactive way of sharing his expertise driven by the curiosity of the hikers. He has expertise in natural history and a background in Oregon ecology, especially botany, with some 42 years of outdoor and science education teaching to all ages. He is an advocate for the Owyhee Canyonlands, other high desert protections, Wild and Scenic Rivers and Wildlife. Scott has previewed every hike.

What you Need to Know (per Scott)
The Hike location and length are subject to change depending upon weather and other trail conditions. Scott will TRY to announce any changes 48 hours ahead of time. Please check in with Scott if you have any changes in your plans too!

Scott’s email is:

For ALL hikes:  Please choose appropriate footwear, pole(s), ice grips, the usual rain and/or warm and/or sun wear, plenty of water, snacks/lunch, personal items, etc.

Dogs: Scott will be bringing his dog, Wilder, on all hikes. If you are bringing your dog, please ensure that he/she is up to the task of hiking politely with a group on a trail. I don’t leash Wilder very often—only when required (as in certain preserves)—but he’s a very experienced, trained, and polite trail dog. “You be the judge!”

For each hike below there’s the location, approximate drive mileage from Bend, approximate trail hike mileage, effort rating (combination of distance, elevation gain/loss, and obstacles), why we are going and what we will focus on, what you will need beyond the usual basics, and where and when when we will meet up.

Have your car filled with gas and bring small bills to support gas for the driver.

You MUST be a Broads member (sign-up here) and sign a Broads liability form HERE (once for the year).

Register for any of the hikes below HERE

March 13:

Black Butte Swamp & Glaze Meadow: 25 miles from Bend, 4-6 mile easy/moderate loop with some cross-country, wildlife, big ponderosas, interesting watershed restoration with BDAs (beaver dam analogs), views, flowers. Possibly damp, snowy, or muddy, waterproof boots and a pole suggested.

Meet at Sisters City Park on Elm Street across the street from the Fire Station, 9:30am. Good bathroom in the park. 

March 20:

Badlands wander: 10 miles from Bend, 7-8 miles, moderate, gorgeous old growth junipers, cool rocks, and early wildflowers, birds. Sandy soils, some rocks, exposed. Note: bring a little extra water (for a science experiment!)

Meet at Bend Barnes & Noble, in their east parking lot, at 9am. Carpool to trailhead.

March 27:

Suttle Lake circumnavigation and Lake Creek Preserve exploration and happy hour: 35 miles from Bend, approx. 8 mile easy to moderate loop(s) in preserve and around lake, wildlife, trees, views, waterfowl and possible otters. NOTE: dogs must be on leash in Preserve. Length to be determined depending upon snow cover and weather. Bring poles, cleats (and possibly snow shoes!?) *Optional beer/wine/cocktail in Suttle Lodge upon hike conclusion—first round is on me!

Meet at Sisters City Park on Elm Street across the street from the Fire Station, 9:30 am. Good bathroom in the park. Carpool to Lake Creek Preserve to hike, then short drive up to Suttle Lake to hike. NW Forest Pass required to park.

Register for any of the hikes HERE

Wildlife and Plants Here are other great resource articles from Scott.