Fall Colors Walk, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve


Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Carol Wall on a fall hike at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Explore this historic meadow while taking in the beautiful fall colors of aspen and cottonwood. Learn about the human and natural history of one of Central Oregon's oldest places that has transitioned over the years from an army outpost to a restoration site. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

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  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate, ~2 mile hike. Portions will be on bark-chipped trails and through a grassy meadow.

    Route: This hike will start at the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve kiosk, follow the bark-chipped trail and then venture off-trail into the meadow. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/Lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Camp Polk Meadow Preserve is a 152 acre Preserve on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. The Preserve was first established by the Deschutes Land Trust in 2000. The Preserve contains approximately Whychus Creek, wetlands, meadows, aspen groves and ponderosa pine stands. It is home to a variety of plant and wildlife species and is one of Central Oregon's birding hot spots. The Preserve also has a long and illustrious history as a crossroads for Native Americans, explorers, soldiers and settlers.