Activity Notes

Join AYM for a Memorial Day adventure!  Car camping at the Ochoco Forest Camp, exploration of the Painted Hills Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, and a variety of other hikes in the area.  If it's warm enough, swimming in Walton Lake is a short drive from camp.  Historical weather for the area suggests a high of 70F and a low of 40F.

We will have plenty of space to set up tents around a large picnic shelter with many tables, several charcoal grills, and an electrical outlet (bring a crockpot?).  There is potable water available, but note that bathroom facilities are primitive - no showers or running water.

Much of the area is dominated by old-growth Ponderosa pine. Wildlife includes Rocky Mountain elk and mule deer, as well as several bird species that include white-headed woodpecker, belted kingfisher, spotted sandpiper, cinnamon teal, American coot, Steller's jay, yellow-headed blackbird and Brewer's blackbird.

Offered hikes may include:

  • Twin Pillars: https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Twin_Pillars_Hike
  • Steins Pillar: https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Steins_Pillar_Hike
  • Lookout Mountain: https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Lookout_Mountain_Short_Loop_Hike
  • Sutton Mountain: https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Sutton_Mountain_Hike

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