• 26 Nov 2023 9:16 PM | Laura Seaver (Administrator)

    Thanks for Ann Padgett for leading a great hike!

    21 folks were anxious to get out and enjoy the cold but sunny day. We headed out to Upper Three Creek Snopark on FS Road 16 from Sisters. The 5 mile round trip hike followed the Jeff View Snowshoe trail to the shelter. There was no snow to speak of but the views were spectacular.

  • 26 Nov 2023 11:37 AM | Laura Seaver (Administrator)

    Thanks to John Stockham for this excellent write-up!

    On Sunday November 19 approximately 30 hikers joined the "show-and-go" hike to Fryrear Canyon.  About 20 of the hikers met at Thump Coffee at 9.  The remainder met the group at the trailhead.  While the number of attendees was quite large, we split into 3 groups (led by Kelly Cleman, Eric Ness and John Stockham) and managed to not overwhelm the trail.  Normally, this area is not heavily used - so we apologize for disrupting the solitude of the few hikers we encountered.

    Fryrear Canyon is located about 20 miles northwest of Bend between Tumalo and Sisters.  The route is accessed from the recently constructed Fryrear Trailhead, which has been developed by BLM for hiker and equestrian access. to this part of the Cline Buttes Recreation Area. The trailhead parking area is located off of the east side of Fryrear Road approximately 2 miles north of Highway 20.  There are no formal signed trails to the canyon - but the area is criss-crossed by numerous informal horse trails and old jeep roads.

    Most of the CONC group hiked a 3 1/2 mile looped route through the canyon. A couple of adventurous hikers expanded the hike to include a second canyon to the east of Fryrear Canyon. It is easy to get disoriented in the maze of horse trails and old roads, but fortunately John and Eric scouted the area a couple of days earlier to flag the route through to the canyon.  The flags were removed after the hike.

    Fryrear Canyon is an excellent example of a dry desert canyon consisting primarily of Deschutes Formation rocks that originated from the "ancestral High Cascades" 4 to 7 million years ago.  In this particular canyon, most of the rock walls are formed of andesitic basalts that feature interesting "platy" outcrops seen from the trail.  Further downstream, in Wychus Canyon and along the Deschutes River, the Deschutes Formation includes a mix of various igneous rock and  sedimentary rock of volcanic origin.  There is evidence along the route that water flowed through the canyon, most likely dating from the numerous intermittent glacial periods that impacted the Cascades .  Other highlights on the hike included a well-preserved pictograph, ample evidence of pack rat settlement, markings from various birds of prey, and an interesting pocket of ponderosa pines and Great Basin wild rye indicating the presence of water not too far below the surface.  We encountered numerous large ant hills that were fortified by industrious ants that have hauled "boulders" of ash and pumice to protect their colonies.  Much of the surface outside of the canyon consists of a mixture of Mazama ash that erupted from what is now Crater Lake approximately 7,500 years ago, volcanic ash from more local eruptions, and wind-blown deposits.  The hike involved only 200 to 300 of elevation gain.

    The Fryrear Canyon area is a wonderful fall and winter hiking destination close to town, but it should be noted that portions of canyon proper are closed from February 1 to August 31 for protection of nesting birds of prey.  The protected area is well-posted.

  • 22 Nov 2023 11:22 PM | Laura Seaver (Administrator)

    Looks like snow is on the way! But it will be a while (hopefully not TOO long!) before we get significant snow depth.
    So… where to go when there’s not a lot of snow?
    If there’s at least 5 or 6” of snow at Swampy Lakes Sno-Park, the main loop trails (Ridge Loop, Swampy Loop) are generally passable as they are also summer trails, so they are cleared to the ground. Parts of the Swede Loop are separate from the summer trail so most of it should be passable but there may be ‘step overs’ on the parts away from the summer trail.
    Other trails, such as the Nordeen Loop, the new Crosscut trail or the Shelter Tie trail from Ridge to the Swampy Loop are not maintained as summer trails so can have a fair amount of stepovers.
    At Dutchman , nearly all the trails are winter only trails for most of their length so there needs to be about 2 feet of snow to be able to ski over logs. So the best option for skiing at Dutchman is to stay off the trails and just do a loop in the pumice flats.
    Keep doing that snow dance!

    This is the way we clear ‘winter only’ trails. You can expect some logs so there needs to be a fair amount of snow to cover them.

    This is what skiing at the Pumice Flats at Dutchman looks like with 6” of snow.

  • 22 Nov 2023 11:12 PM | Laura Seaver (Administrator)

    We’ve been working on trailhead improvements at a number of the Sno-Parks along the Cascade Lakes Highway corridor this fall. There’s a new ladder board at the Common Corridor crossing, a bit farther back from the road and in a better spot for access.
    We also have installed two new ladder board supports at the Dutchman Sno-Park, and one at Wanoga Sno-Park. The bulletin boards for these supports should be finished in mid-December. New, better quality maps and updated winter recreation information will be on all the boards.
    There are some updates to the signage regarding dog closures at the Sno-Parks on the north side of the highway. The new signs include the closure dates and also help direct people to where dogs are permitted.
    You may also notice some orange fencing at Dutchman and Swampy Lakes Sno-Parks; these are protecting foundation holes for new summer trailhead kiosks at both locations. Work on those kiosks should be completed in the spring.
    This work was done in cooperation with Deschutes National Forest with funds provided by the Bend Sustainability Fund, through Visit Bend. Thank you for your support of winter trails!

    Assembling the new ladder board supports

    It took a fair amount of effort to set the ladder board supports in place.

    The final touches on filling the holes around the supports.

    The Common Corridor ladder board with new info panels installed.

    New ‘No Dogs’ info signs at Meissner. New signs have also been installed at Swampy Lakes, Vista Butte and Dutchman Sno-Parks

    The orange fencing at Swampy Lakes trailhead protects the foundation holes for the new summer kiosks that will be installed in the spring. Similar fencing is in place at Dutchman Sno-Park.

  • 20 Nov 2023 11:55 AM | Anonymous

    Nordic Ski World Cup- Minneapolis

    Below is an email I recently received from Paul Gruen; please read it!  If you have ever wanted to see World Cup Nordic in person, this might be your opportunity.  Below his email, I've reproduced the 4 page flier for the WC event.

    I've responded to Paul that I would circulate this email to CONC members, and have invited him to Bend.  If he does come, I will reach out to everyone to help show him a great time!


    Paul G <>

    Hello Nordic ski friends in Oregon!

    My name is Paul Gruen, and I recently became an official "ambassador" for the 2024 cross country ski World Cup in Minneapolis.  I am a native of Minnesota, and currently work at the REI flagship store in Seattle, as a sales associate in the Nordic Ski department.

    The Loppet Foundation is organizing the events in Minneapolis, and they asked me to be a PNW contact person on their behalf. Part of this involves reaching out to the Nordic ski community, and help locate enthusiasts and supporters who were not able to get tickets.  You might know that spectator tickets were sold out almost immediately after they were available.

    If you are in need of tickets, or if you know of more people we should be contacting, I hope you can let me know. There is no cost.

  • 12 Nov 2023 4:04 PM | Laura Seaver (Administrator)

    Here is the schedule for the CONC ski lessons:

    Skate lessons
    12/ 5/2023, 12/12/2023, 12/19/2023, and 12/26/2023.
    Dennis Krakow is the lead teacher.  He will lead all the lessons. 
    Four stand alone separate lessons- same skills taught in each lesson. Do not sign up for more than one session.  Experienced skate skiers only (@15 times on skate skis)
    groups of 4

    Meet at Meissner. 10 am. Further details as we get closer to lesson dates.

    Questions to Jerry at

    Register through the Events page or the links above.

    Beginner-Beginner ski lessons-  Groomed trails (Rolled)

    12/17/2023 - Swampy Sno-Park

    Lessons geared toward those with only 4-5 times on nordic skis.  Limited to 25 members.

    Topics include navigation, uphill techniques, equipment, falls and righting yourself, downhill techniques, and across the flat.

    Registration or questions to Jerry at

    Additional details as we get closer to lesson (ie meeting time and place, organization, groups...)

    Beginner- Backcountry lesson-  tracked and untracked snow

    1/10/2024 - Swampy Sno-Park

    Lessons geared toward those who are comfortable on groomed but want to learn back country skiing.  Limited to 25 members.

    Topics include navigation, uphill techniques, equipment, falls and righting yourself, downhill techniques, and across the flat.

    Registration or questions to Jerry at

    Additional details as we get closer to date.  (ie meeting time and place, equipment, organization, groups...)

    X-C Downhill at Mt. Bachelor

    Date TBD (February)

    The lesson will use Mt. Bachelor's Early Riser lift. (Lift is free)

    Appropriate equipment and skills required. Limited to 10 members.

    Respond to Jerry at

    Additional details as we get closer to date.  (ie meeting time and place, equipment requirements, ...)

    Telemark outing and seminar

    Date TBD (A Thursday in March)

    The outing will be at Hoodoo ski area on a Thursday.  Lift tickets are discounted on Thursdays

    Woody Keen will lead the outing.

    Appropriate equipment and skills required. Limited to 10 members.

    Respond to Jerry at

    Additional details as we get closer to date.  (ie meeting times and place, equipment requirements...)

  • 9 Nov 2023 10:18 PM | Laura Seaver (Administrator)

    Events are always posted on the calendar, but you can get an immediate email when an event you're interested in is posted.  You can remove yourself from these emails just as easily.  Also, if you are interested in being notified about volunteer events, this is how you do that to.

    Step 1: Make sure you are logged in, then click your name in the upper right.

    Step 2: Then click on Edit profile.

    Step 3: Check the boxes that apply (or uncheck them as you wish).

    If you haven't yet read and agreed to the liability waiver, you'll have to do that.  Click on the text to open the waiver so you can read it.  Then check the box.

    Don't forget to save the changes to your profile.

  • 2 Nov 2023 3:00 PM | Laura Seaver (Administrator)

    Contributed by Gary Elnan, CONC Firewood Coordinator

    The firewood stocking is now completed for Swampy, ACDC, Swede, and Nordeen winter shelters.  We have stocked a total of 7.4 cords of firewood.  All of the efforts of the CONC volunteers and Deschutes NF folks is deeply appreciated.  We just need a bit more snow and away we go!

    I tried to make a few measurements to track our stocking now and will measure again at the end of the winter season. Ideally, we can get to the point of knowing what we use on average at each shelter and stock only enough to use up completely during the winter months and leave no firewood leftover for summer use where it presents more fire hazards.

    The firewood is mostly in front of each shelter and some stowed under benches.  Each has a plastic jar with matches, fire starter cubes, kindling, and newspaper to get a fire going.  The exterior firewood is well wrapped with lumber wrap kindly furnished by Miller Lumber.

    Thanks to all who helped!   

  • 21 Oct 2023 7:19 AM | Anonymous

    This week, Dennis DeLapp, Christie Crowe and Frank Florence completed work on the new AC-DC Shelter Snowshoe Trail by installing junction signs and reassurance markers and trimming for marker visibility. This trail offers an out-n-back snowshoe route to the AC-DC Shelter and its views of Mt Bachelor. To get to the trail, one snowshoes 1 ½ miles to the west from Edison Sno-Park on the Tesla Snowshoe Trail to junction “E”. At the junction, turn right, and snowshoe 1-mile on this new trail to the shelter. The trail is rated as “most difficult” due to the 2 ½ mile distance to the shelter from the sno-park and an elevation gain of 500 feet; though none of it steep.

    The history of the AC-DC Shelter Snowshoe Trail goes back to about 2009. Jim Davis, AKA Dr Snowshoe, and his group of volunteers proposed and flagged a route to the AC-DC Shelter from the Tesla Snowshoe Trail. Unfortunately, Jim couldn’t get approval for implementation of the . When Jim passed on the stewardship responsibility for the snowshoe trails in 2013, he included a map showing the proposed AC-DC Shelter route.

    Fast forward to December 2020. With encouragement about getting new snowshoe trails approved, Chuck DelCambre and Dennis Delapp joined me to snowshoe Jim’s proposed route. Amazingly, we found a few bits of Jim’s flagging in the trees. With approval in October 2021 by the Forest Service of CONC’s request for new and re-routed Nordic and Snowshoe trails, Dennis DeLapp, Chuck DelCambre, Christie Crowe and I returned in February 2022 to detail flag the trail. The trail was 4th on the list for implementation in the fall of 2022. After completing the Long Loop re-route, followed by the Tesla Short Loop Snowshoe trail, we stashed the extension ladder along the trail, ready for use on the AC-DC snowshoe trail the following week. Unfortunately, snow came early and implementation of the trail was deferred to 2023. The extension ladder waited patiently along Tesla for our return this fall.

    Earlier this month, Gary Evans and Dennis DeLapp helped with initial clearing. A week later, David Alward, Frank Florence, Christie Crowe, and Dennis DeLapp spent a long day clearing blowdown and brush. Work was completed this week with installation of junction signs and markers. 

  • 18 Oct 2023 2:13 AM | Laura Seaver (Administrator)

    Oct 15, 2023, contributed by Kelly Cleman

    A group of six hikers met up at Thump Coffee to hike the Dry River Canyon. This trail is closed seasonally for nesting birds and reopens in the fall and winter to hikers. The approximately 6.5 mile trail one way goes from an obscure trailhead near the Badlands wilderness and ends at Hwy 20. There isn't much gain although there is a rocky area to cross where poles and sure footing is a plus. The day was very sunny and warm and we enjoyed a nice ramble in this picturesque area. We walked up-canyon, admiring the colors and textures of the rock surrounding us. The trail winds through sagebrush, juniper, and the occasional ponderosa pine. We decided not to go all the way to the Hwy 20 junction and opted instead to stop about 1/4 mile short and enjoy some lunch. On the way back, we encountered what we thought was some scat, but couldn't identify what creature it was from. Perhaps a reader of this blog can identify it.  (CONC Members: If you are logged in, you can enter a comment below.)

The Central Oregon Nordic Club, PO Box 744, Bend, OR 97709, is chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software