Activity Notes

One of Oregon’s great adventures takes hikers up and over Cottonwood Canyon, where you will be greeted with views of the surrounding canyonlands, farms and wind turbines. It’s a long drive from Portland but this hike is worth it. We’ll make a mostly-off trail loop up and over Gooseneck Ridge on the west slopes of Cottonwood Canyon, before returning along the Pinnacles Trail that follows the John Day River. The off-trail part of this hike is mostly easy with one difficult spot in the middle where hikers must cross a steep ravine. Expect epic views, early spring wildflowers, wildlife and few people – but also bracing winds, steep slopes and a very long day. Hike: 8.8 miles, 1,800 feet elevation gain. Drive: 240 miles round-trip.  $2 for members, $4 for non-members. Meet at Gateway Transit Center at 7:30AM.