Geology Hike, Whychus Canyon Preserve


Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Derek Loeb for a fall geology 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 fall colors 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.

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  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a challenging 6-mile hike on the Whychus Canyon Preserve hiking trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the Whychus Canyon Preserve kiosk and follow trails down into the Whychus Creek canyon. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is challenging with 300' of elevation gain.

  • 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.