In 1908, the Deschutes National Forest was established from parts of the Blue Mountains, Cascade, and Fremont National Forests. Nestled along the Cascade Mountains, the Deschutes National Forest is one of the most popular recreation forests in the Pacific Northwest. Truly a four season vacationland, the Forest attracts more than 8 million people every year to camp, climb, fish, hike, hunt, ski, and enjoy a multitude of outdoor activities.
Five glaciers mantle the slopes of stately Mount Jefferson, the dominant feature in this region of the High Cascades: Whitewater, Waldo, Milk Creek, Russell, and Jefferson Park. At 10,497 feet, Mount Jefferson challenges hikers with the steepest, most difficult climb of Oregon's high summits. The southern portion of the area rests beneath 7,841-foot Three Fingered Jack. Most of the high country of this Wilderness is wide open, almost like a park, with scattered tree cover, long talus slopes, rocky outcroppings, alpine meadows, and year-round patches of snow. Between 5,000 feet and 6,000 feet you'll find more than 150 small lakes, about half of them stocked with trout. A grand forest of Douglas fir, silver fir, subalpine fir, mountain hemlock, lodgepole pine, ponderosa pine, and cedar mix with vine maple, huckleberry, and rhododendron to distinguish the lower elevations. The vast Warm Springs Indian Reservation shares a long northeastern border.
Hikers can wend their way through approximately 190 miles of very heavily used trails, including about 40 miles of the Pacific Crest National Scenic Trail. Jefferson Park, Marion Lake, Pamelia Lake, and Jack Lake are the most impacted by human traffic.
This service project entails installing new signage and fixing signs along user trails. Our volunteers will hike 2.5 to 4 miles (depending on decided trail route) to Moraine Lake. Volunteers will also participate in various rehabilitation projects on illegal campsites and fire rings, as fire isn't permitted. Our group will also engage in trail work projects and general clean up.
Possible free day activities include hiking to the summit of South Sister (8 miles RT, difficult), hiking to the Green Lakes (8 miles RT, moderate), hiking Wickiup Plain (6 miles RT, easy), swimming, wildlife observation, photography, etc.
This project is rated as a strenuous project.
Sep 8th - Sep 14th 2019
Signage replacement/installation. Rehabilitation of illegal campsites/fire rings. Trail work.
Hiking, climbing South Sister, swimming, photography, wildlife viewing
Strenuous : 2.5-4 mile backpack, bending, digging, lifting. Pack animal supported. Elevation 6,500'