My girlfriend and I headed out on a windy Sunday morning from Bend and arrived at the trailhead around 10 am after a three-hour drive. The hike begins by continuing down the same road one takes to reach the wilderness. According to the map on wilderness.net, everything to the north of this road is the Wilderness Area, but they’ve closed this road to public use (great!) and is only accessible by permission from the Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center. It looks like a nice warm day, but there was a powerful cold wind that blew branches onto the highways and had us looking for our gloves when we stopped for more than a few minutes. However, there wasn’t any snow on this February day. Not so good for the ecology, but pretty cool for this hiker.
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