What to Expect
On the Trail
Wouldn't it be great to hike with someone who can tell you:
The more you know about what you are seeing on a trail, the more enjoyable and fulfilling your outdoor experience. Stretch your mind and impress your family and friends with your new naturalist knowledge!
- the name of that flower
- the name of that mushroom
- which bird is making that beautiful call
- which animal made that track
- what are the medicinal uses of that plant
- fire ecology
- the volcanic history of a particular area
- the geologic history of that group of rocks
- the name of that tree
- the climate and weather patterns of Central Oregon
- where the region's water comes from and goes to
- the history of the names of our waterways and geologic features
- about scenic sites and manmade remains
- about the origin, history, seasonal habits, and art of region's Native Americans
- about the history of the early immigrant settlers of Central Oregon
Experience the fantastic scenery in Central Oregon. Each trail has its own unique and beautiful features:
The sights to feast the eye on in nature are endless!
- reflections of the mountains in a lake
- sparkling, bubbling springs, streams, creeks and rivers
- strange and distorted rock formations
- canyons of volcanic history
- golden leaves lining the trail in autumn
- snow-covered peaks
- shimmering high-desert plains in the summer sun
- towering piles of clouds
- fields of wildflowers nodding in the spring breeze
- mushrooms poking through the forest floor
- giant Ponderosa Pines and Douglas Firs
- salmon spawning in the river shallows
- acres of black obsidian glittering in the sun
- twisted old White-bark pines at 7200 feet
- an Osprey diving to catch a fish, and meal in talons, flying overhead
- a pair of eagles soaring on thermals
- a deer peering cautiously through the trees
- trout floating lazily in the river
- an old orchard and a wall of piled rocks speaking of the labors of early settlers in a harsh land
- waterfalls thundering down cliffs
The minimum number of people on each trip is 8; if fewer sign up, the trip may be canceled. The maximum number of people on each trip is 12. This ensures that:
The pace of the trip is dependent upon:
- everyone is able to hear the naturalist's talk
- everyone can see the sights that the guide is pointing out
- everyone is easily accounted for by the guide
Pam Kirk makes a solid commitment never to take clients on a trail that she has not previously scouted herself.
- the level of trip (i.e., easy, intermediate or advanced)
- the physical abilities of the participants
- the amount of information to be shared in the nature talk for that trail on that particular day (all trips have a nature talk)
- the weather
The whole emphasis of the Silver Striders is:
It is not required that you be over 50 to participate in Silver Striders' trips, but most of us are, and delighted to be!
- Meeting and sharing the great outdoors with others your own age
- Getting physical exercise that is fun and enjoyable
- Learning about nature in the wonderful world of Central Oregon
- Being outside breathing the fresh air
We will meet at one of four places to rendezvous so that we may carpool to the trailhead. We have designated meeting places in Bend, Redmond, Sunriver, and Sisters (driving directions to the meeting places are in the Sign Me Up section). Where we meet depends upon the location of the trailhead for the day.
The meeting time depends upon the season.
- Hikes in April, May, September and October meet at 9am.
- Hikes in June-August meet at 8am.
Once we meet on time at the rendezvous place, participants carpool to the trailhead. A small donation to the driver to help cover the cost of gas is appreciated. Drivers all receive written instructions to the trailhead. We caravan (with Pam in the lead vehicle) to the trailhead. All drivers must have the appropriate parking permits depending upon the season. When we've done the trail, we will carpool back to the meeting place so that everyone can retrieve their vehicles.
The cost is $25 per person per trip. First-time with the Striders is $20 per person or $40 for a couple. Overnight trips are charged according to expenses. You may pay by check or cash for the exact amount (no credit cards), which is collected at the meeting place as we gather before the trip.