Saturday, August 30, 2014

Easy Hike at Rimrock Springs between Madras and Prineville, Oregon

Where we went and why

I had a mystery shop in Prineville, so we looked for a hike to do near Prineville. Hubby found this place in one of our hiking books. The directions on how to get there were a bit sketchy so we weren't really sure if we were going to get there, but we made it.

How to get there

The hike is on Hwy 26 between Madras and Prineville. It's between mile makers 8 and 11. I don't know exactly where because I wasn't really paying attention to the mile markers. I just remember seeing 8 before got there and 11 after we left. There was a brown sign on the side of the road that said Rimrock Springs next left. There was a small parking lot at the trailhead. 

The Hike

The hike started out pretty flat. It was a paved trail for half a mile and then it turned to dirt or small rocks. There were two lookout areas that overlooked the marsh. There were educational signs along the trail. We got to see a few birds, a couple lizards and some big bugs. From the educational signs, we discovered that this is supposed to be a pretty happening place in the spring. We went at the end of August though. There were very few flowers and no activity in the marsh. 

The hike was pretty much a loop. It wasn't a perfect loop, but it was a decent loop. It started off pretty level. We chose to go to the first outlook thing first. The path gradually rose. I got more out of breath than I really should have, but it was hot and a little humid. It really was a gentle incline. We passed a couple benches along the way. There was also a Mountain Overlook. However, it was cloudy the day we went so we didn't see any mountains. We saw a couple buttes that were pretty close, but no mountains. After the Mountain Overlook, the path started going downhill. The downhill here was much steeper than the uphill we did to get there. Going up that probably would have required me to take a short break at the top, but it wouldn't have been steep for anyone who was in decent shape.

We didn't take many pictures, so I didn't do a video. We're going to go back in the spring to do some bird watching. There were no restrooms at this hike

BodyMedia Screen Shot

Here is my BodyMedia screen shot for the hike. We stopped several times for pictures. Nothing crazy impressive. 

Runtastic Screen Shot

According to this, it was 121 feet in elevation. It didn't really feel like that to me, but hubby thinks it sounds accurate. I didn't get a MapMyHike map since my phone died while we were grocery shopping. I also didn't get a BackCountry Navigator screen shot either. Something went wonky with that one and it showed that we were only walking for 8 minutes. 

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