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Oregon Desert Hike: Paisley to Abert South Rim: Class C around 33 miles
June 18 @ 6:00 am - June 21 @ 1:00 pm
This hike starts just south of Paisley OR. We will skip the first 7 miles of a 50 mile hike as it is along a paved road. We will start around Marsters Spring Campground and hike 1/2 mile to the Chewaucan Crossing Trailhead and campground. We then start on the trail crossing the River on a foot bridge that follows a well signed Fremont National Recreation Trail south for about 33 miles to Cox Trail Head. The trail is diverse passing through pine, and mixed conifer forests, open sage slopes, magnificent mahogany stands. It climbs past Cat Canyon, Skunk Hollow and Avery Pass to arrive at Morgan Butte Fire Lookout. South of Morgan Butte the trail passes Myers Meadow Spring, Round Pass, Moss Pass, Green Creek and pine Creek. Some stinging nettles in this area. The ODT then follows the maintained road south, passing the Fawn Creek drainage and descending from forest to agricultural land along Cox Creek Road. About a half mile after the road turns left (east) it meets up with Highway 395. High point is 7,149 feet. Low point is 4,368 feet. It is possible to have some snow, although the east side of the mountains gets far less than the Cascades. Shoe chains and trekking poles needed. The guide says this trail is passable June through late September. Water sources are stated to be ample. To look up hike go to Section 7 of ODT trail in Region 2. Maps are also available on this website. We will drive down on Monday the 18th, start hiking, and end the hike on Thursday driving home hopefully before noon.
You will need to carry water containers for a minimum of 3 liters. Warm clothes at night. Long sleeves, sun hat and sun gloves along with warm hat and gloves. Stove, tent, sleeping bag and food for 4 days.