The Huntington Wagon Road is part of Central Oregon’s piece of the Oregon Trail and features historic tree blazes, campsites, wagon ruts and other evidence of early travelers. This area was used by Native Americans, members of the Lost Meek Wagon Train, Army Road Surveyors, and even gold prospectors. In the 1860s, J.W.P. Huntington transported supplies from the The Dalles to build Fort Klamath, establishing the route as Huntington Wagon Road.
The day will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., with 30-minute interpretive walks at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. The walks are intended for youth; however, adults are more than welcome to come along. Volunteers and visitors should bring their own lunch, water and gloves.
The Huntington Wagon Road Trailhead is located north of Bend; from Highway 97 head east on Deschutes Market Road. Turn left on 19th/Morrill Road and travel about 1/3 mile, and continue right on Morrill. Take a right on McGrath Road and continue 1.7 miles to the end of the pavement. Continue a short distance over a cattle guard and look for the event on the right.
In addition to the event on June 8, volunteers can also help develop recreation sites at the Historic Tumalo Canals Trail Use Area on Tuesday, June 4. The Tumalo Canal Area is located between Cline Falls Highway and Barr Road. Most of the area was designated as an Area of Critical Environmental Concern in 2005 to protect, preserve and interpret the old irrigation canals that are part of a much larger system developed in the early 1900s to help with land sales and settlement in Central Oregon. This event will also start at 10:00 a.m.
For more information (including maps) about these events, please visit the Prineville BLM webpage at www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville under the What We Do/Events tab. For more information about Central Oregon’s history, please visit the Des Chutes County Historical Museum in Bend. Get Outdoors Day encourages Americans, especially youth, to seek out healthy, active outdoor lives and embrace our parks, forests, rangelands and other public lands and waters.