Hiking is the most widely available activity in Central Oregon. From short hikes along the Deschutes to extreme vertical hikes in the Tumalo Valley, this activity is for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For hikes entering the snow zone, make sure to bring a good pair of gaiters to keep your boots dry Wear layers and bring along plenty of water, as temperatures begin climbing high in the afternoon and drop fast after sunset.
A sunny Saturday is the perfect time to grab a Frisbee and head to the park. Requiring only a frisbee and a good attitude, this activity is great for hanging out and meeting new people. Tossing a Frisbee is so easy anyone can do it. Practice your throwing technique and work on getting the perfect wrist snap.
Interested in rock climbing but not quite ready to take on Smith Rock? The Deschutes River trail offers many locations to practice scouting and positioning as well as getting your wrist and finger strength solidified. Many of the rocky outcrops offer over 20 yards of horizontal transverse and decent vertical for those that bring along a crash pad.
Not everyone associates snow sports with spring, but Central Oregon’s soft snow and 60 degree weather is irresistable to die-hard riders and skiers. Get your final turns of the season in before Mt. Bachelor’s lifts shut down at the end of May. Spring operating hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Their Pond Skimming Championship is set for May 26.
Spelunking is an adventure-seeker’s dream. Head south and turn off on China Hat road to explore one of the many lava tube caves scattered in the high desert. Boyd cave is easily accessible, with a staircase at the entrance. Finding and exploring unnamed caves offers a sense of wilderness for those who have prior experience. Wear recommended gear, including a headlamp and sturdy shoes.
selected by The Broadside staff | Photos by Rhyan McLaury