Distance: Each day will feature individual hikes of up to 3 miles, for a total of 5-6 miles per day. This trip will feature more dedicated hiking than our typical PNW trip, because of the nature of access to some specialized habitats.
Elevation changes: Most hikes will have elevation changes of 200-300 feet, with one hike with 700 feet elevation gain
Trail: A variety of treads, but mostly packed earth and gravel single track
Pacing: Slow to moderate. We will be stopping to appreciate what we see, while also striving to cover more distance in between nature moments
Rest Stops: We’ll have van rides between all hikes
Sun Exposure: Full to partial. This area can get quite hot, particularly in the afternoon in the valleys; participants should bring sun protection and ample hydration
Amenities (bathrooms and parking): We will strive to provide formal facilities every 2-3 hours, with the understanding that on certain hikes, we may only have informal opportunities for up to 3-4 hours
Public transit: Our meetup location is served by the Max and several buses.
The Rogue Valley sits at a major confluence geologically, botanically, and climactically, with dry open scrub, high mountain conifer forests, and lush wildflower meadows. On this four-day van trip, we’ll also use our hiking boots to search for some of Oregon’s hardest to find bird species like Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Oak Titmouse, and California Towhee, while enjoying the unique plants, butterflies, and geology that make this region so special.Register!
Policies & Tentative Trip Itinerary
- Leaders: Brodie Cass Talbott and Cameron Cox
- Date and time: May 20-23, 2024
- Fee: $1045 members / $1245 non-members
- Single Supplement: $260
- Deposit: $500
- Limited to 12 participants.
- What is included: Transportation, breakfast, lunch and lodging, as well as the services of your experienced Bird Alliance of Oregon leader.
- Not included: Dinners and alcoholic beverages
Brodie Cass Talbott
Brodie works as an educator with Bird Alliance of Oregon. After many years of wildland firefighting and leading river tours, he spent six years living and teaching across Asia, where his interest in birds became his passion. He has birded across five continents, and uses his experience in education and ecotourism to share his love of the outdoors with people from all ages, backgrounds, and abilities, with an eye towards increasing access to wild spaces for people from diverse communities.
Cameron Cox has been an avid birder for 27 years and works as a birding and nature photography guide. In 2013, he co-authored the Peterson Reference Guide to Seawatching: Eastern Waterbirds in Flight, a book inspired by his years observing waterbirds in Cape May, New Jersey, and Terns of North America: A Photographic Guide, to be published in the fall of 2023. His primary interest is in studying the identification of waterbirds and sharing his enjoyment and knowledge of these birds with other birders.