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Walk + Hike Ratings

Rating system for hikes on Land Trust protected lands.

Land Trust Walks + Hikes are educational outings to explore our protected lands. Though the length of the hike may vary, you can expect to hike as a group at the group's pace with frequent stops to discuss natural history.

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Hikers descend the steep route down to Whychus Creek at Rimrock Ranch. Photo: MA Willson.


The Land Trust has established a simple rating system to help you choose your walks or hikes wisely. The ratings are indicated on each walk or hike and tell you a little more about the outing. Many hikes are rated more difficult than they seem simply because there are no trails and/or the hike includes steep descents/ascents. Keep in mind this a just a basic system: what is easy to you, may be challenging to others. We’ve tried to strike the middle ground! The ratings indicated if the outing is:

 

Easy: Mostly flat terrain with maintained trails.

This type of trail can be found at: Camp Polk Meadow Preserve (upper meadow), Indian Ford Meadow Preserve, and the Metolius Preserve.


Moderate:
Maintained trails with some elevation gain. Mostly flat terrain with uneven ground and little or no trail. Longer hike with more mileage. 

This type of trail can be found at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve (lower meadow), the Metolius Preserve, Skyline Forest (springs and history hikes), and Whychus Canyon Preserve.


Challenging:
Maintained trails with significant elevation gain. Longer hikes with more mileage. 

This type of trail can be found at Alder Springs, Rimrock Ranch (steep ascent/descent), Smith Rock State Park, and Skyline Forest (most non-springs hikes), and Whychus Canyon Preserve.


Difficult:
Steep routes, long hikes, and questionable or nonexistent trails with fearless hike leaders!

This type of trail can be found at Coffer Ranch.

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