Wandering Bare in Oregon’s Bad Lands. Ancient Juniper Trail

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When:
June 4, 2022 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
2022-06-04T13:00:00-07:00
2022-06-04T15:00:00-07:00
Where:
Flatiron Trailhead
Contact:
Joseph Haggerty
How to find us: Trailhead access is located at the Flatiron Trailhead, 16 miles east of Bend, Oregon on State Highway 20. You will see a sign for the Flatiron Rock Trail Head on the left side of the highway. The trail is just past the sign.

So you are looking for someplace to hike Naked in the Central Oregon area that doesn’t put you by a lake or river? But at the same time you want to explore and see an area that has a long volcanic history?
Well, the Ancient Juniper Trail located in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness just might be the hike for you. The Ancient Juniper Trail is mostly topographically flat, but there is a little elevation gain and loss along the way, and while hiking the trail you will see ancient Juniper trees, some of which may be almost 1,000 years old, sagebrush, and many igneous outcrops. The area provides hikers with plenty of solitude. The Ancient Juniper Trail is about 1.9 miles long, but the trail connects with the Flatiron Rock Trail which allows you to hike a loop of about 3.25 miles. To make the loop turn right on the Flatiron Rock Trail to return the the trailhead.
This trail is located in the Badlands Wilderness Area offering panoramic views, desert wildflowers, juniper forests, and lava structures The Ancient Juniper Trail also connects with the Badlands Rock and Flatiron Trails. Giving us a chance to explore the Badlands. You will want to bring plenty of water.

 

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