Mountain Bike Ride, Metolius Preserve
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Gary Gustafson for a 6-7 mile intermediate* mountain bike ride at the Metolius Preserve. Visit all three sections of the forested 1,240-acre Metolius Preserve following single-track trails and dirt roads. Along the way we'll stop in various locations and talk about the many hidden qualities of the Preserve, including habitat types, animal and bird species present, fish passage, pioneer and historical Native American usage, vegetation, and other interesting tidbits. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.
*Intermediate-level riders are riders in good physical condition and comfortable riding in areas of loose dirt and sandy soil. Riders should be able to ride over obstacles in the trail such as rocks and vegetation. This ride does not take place on smooth, well-packed trails. It is a mix of logging roads and trails with some climbs and descents.
To register, please use the yellow "Register Now" button above.
Outing Details + Route
Hike Rating: This is an intermediate, ~6-7 mile ride on dirt roads and trails.
Route: This ride will start at the South 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
Your bike, helmet, a bike repair kit and plenty of water and snacks.
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.