Santiam Wagon Road Walk, Whychus Canyon Preserve


We're sorry, this hike has been canceled. But there are other hikes still happening this fall! Check out our other Walks + Hikes!

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Carol Wall for a walk back in time to explore the Santiam Wagon Road at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Picture life as a pioneer in Oregon, moving from the crowded Willamette Valley to the wide open spaces and unsettled lands of Central Oregon. Walk the route followed by wagon trains as they travelled east and west on the Willamette Valley and Cascade Mountain Military Road (better known on its western end as the Santiam Wagon Road). We'll also explore the site of an early homestead at the Preserve. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.


  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate, ~3 mile hike on old roads and through juniper forest.

    Route: This hike will start at the Whychus Canyon Preserve kiosk and following dirt roads. 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.