Fall Colors Hike, Metolius Preserve
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Carol Wall for a short hike to learn about one of our flagship Preserves, the Metolius Preserve. Wander the northern portion of the Preserve to learn about old-growth ponderosa pine forest and the white-headed woodpeckers that depend on them. Then, visit Lake Creek and hear how native salmon are returning to the creek all while taking in the beautiful fall colors of yellow larch and red vine maple. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.
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Outing Details + Route
Hike Rating: This is an easy, ~2 mile walk on dirt roads and trails.
Route: This hike will start at the North Trailhead of the Metolius Preserve and will explore trails in the area. Terrain will be uneven at times.
Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.
What to Bring
Snacks, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.
About the Property
The Metolius Preserve is a 1,240 acre forested Preserve near Camp Sherman, Oregon. The Deschutes Land Trust established the Preserve in 2003. The Preserve contains mature ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and western larch, as well as a rich diversity of other plant species. Three miles of Lake Creek, an important tributary to the Metolius River, flow through the property, contributing to the rich habitat found on the Preserve.