Geology Hike, Whychus Canyon Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Daniele McKay for an early spring hike at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Explore ancient juniper groves and panoramic mountain views as you hike down into a canyon carved by Whychus Creek. Then, watch for early spring wildflowers as you brush up on your rock talk and learn about the geologic history of this stunning rimrock canyon. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate, 2-3 mile hike on old roads and through grassy meadows.

    Route: This hike will start in the meadow at Whychus Canyon Preserve following dirt and grass access roads. We will also 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

    Whychus Canyon Preserve is a 930 acre Preserve on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. It was first established by the Deschutes Land Trust in 2010 and an additional 480 acres was added in 2014. The Preserve contains four miles of Whychus Creek, high quality grasslands, old growth juniper, cottonwood and aspen stands. With such a diverse range of habitats, Whychus Canyon Preserve is home to a variety of fish and wildlife.