Activity Notes

Cottonwood Canyon's Gooseneck Loop is an off-trail adventure. We will ascend from our campground to a high point with a view of windmills, and then we will follow little flags for the first part of our off-trail experience. When the flags end, we will find our own way across a very rugged landscape. We may see bighorn sheep along the way. We'll eventually end up at a fenced dirt road which we will follow to a high point above the John Day River. If conditions are very dry, we will go left down a steep grassy slope toward cottonwood trees and the Pinnacles Trail, our return route, for an 8 mile hike. If conditions are not very dry, we will go right down a steep rocky route toward the Pinnacles Trail, for a 6.5 mile hike.

This is a trip for experienced hikers. There is no shade anywhere on our route, and it's often very windy at Cottonwood Canyon. Proper footwear, trekking poles, and sun/wind protection are a must. Hazards include unstable terrain and possible ticks and rattlesnakes. I'll be wearing gaiters.

This hike is paired with Clarno's Geologic Wonders on Sunday 10/17/2021. If you wish to do one or both hikes, I encourage camping at Cottonwood Canyon State Park, where the fee is $10 per vehicle, and the sites are first-come, first-served, Friday and/or Saturday nights. Note that there is absolutely no cell service in the park.

Due to Delta, I am not listing a carpool location, but if fully vaccinated folks choose to carpool (masks highly encouraged), I will put signed-up hikers in touch with each other. All roads are paved and accessible to all vehicles, and there is no fee to park in day-use areas.

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We’re sorry to report that registration is now closed for this activity and we are no longer accepting applications. The activity has either reached its maximum capacity or the registration period has ended.
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