Take a Hike With Social Distancing

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

Peter Skene Ogden Trail Provides Waterfalls and Privacy

Three weeks into the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and one week into the shut down of Oregon's State Parks, we have been searching for options where we can enjoy a hike with plenty of space to keep six feet away from others which is now the norm. Yesterday we traveled 23 miles south of Bend and took the road toward Paulina National Monument, turning off on the dirt road to McKay Crossing.  The campground at the crossing was closed, but the Peter Skene Ogden Trail was open and we hiked roughly 3.5 miles up the trail until snow accumulation kept us from going further.

We have hiked this trail before, going all 7 miles up to Paulina Falls at Paulina Lake in the Newberry Crater.  However, this early in the season snow is a factor.  The weather was cool - no higher than the low 40's - and it started snowing as we returned to our car. However, the chance to take a moderate hike with views of Paulina Creek and waterfalls in an early spring setting was so welcome after days of isolation at home.

During the hike we saw a total of 6 people and one dog - all during our return trip.  There were plenty of places on the trail to step aside to keep social distancing in place. 

Peter Skeen Ogden Trail Paulina Creek
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Li Read
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How beautiful!  

Mar 29, 2020 11:38 AM #1
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Lynnea Miller
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Thank you, Li Read .

Mar 29, 2020 02:03 PM #2
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
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Lynnea,

What a beautiful trail to hike on.  Mercifully none of the trails are closed around here.  Plenty of place to go, and if we meet some one, we step aside or they do, say hello, smile and move on....A

Mar 29, 2020 02:31 PM #3
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Lynnea Miller
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Hi Ron and Alexandra Seigel .  They have shut down the state parks and I read online that they are planning on shutting down the trails in the national forests due to people "congregating at the trail heads."  If that is true, there will be a revolt!  What are they leaving us to do to take off steam? Without any gyms open or other places to exercise, we need outlets. The few hikes I have taken since Covid-19 have responsible people, as you have seen, who step aside and let others pass with great social distancing.

Mar 29, 2020 02:39 PM #4
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Roy Kelley
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Thanks for sharing your positive experience.

Take care and have an outstanding week.

Mar 30, 2020 06:47 AM #5
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Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
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Lynnea Miller - Oregon looks absolutely gorgeous! It appears to be quite magical and a joyful place to live and hike. 

Apr 05, 2020 05:38 AM #6
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Lynnea Miller
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Hi Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP .  We love the beauty of Oregon and all the opportunities to enjoy it.

Apr 05, 2020 08:39 AM #7
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