Rain on snow at Whychus Canyon

Jan 18, 2011
Two friends and I went out to the Whychus Canyon Preserve in mid January as rain had taken its toll on the snow in the mountains.


In celebration of the Land Trust's acquisition of Whychus Canyon Preserve,  we're giving you a sneak peek of the Preserve before it officially opens this summer. This posting comes from volunteer Carol Wall who is getting to know the property so she can lead tours of it.


Two friends and I went out to the Whychus Canyon Preserve in mid January as rain had taken its toll on the snow in the mountains. It was a remarkably warm day for January, but overcast and a bit blustery. 

We walked along snow/mud covered roads marveling at the number of tracks and scat that signaled a healthy deer and elk population. Knowing that cougars are present on the property, we kept our senses alert, seeing no signs of them, but at one point, below the rimrock, were very aware of a strong smell of ammonia.  Had a cat recently marked its territory? 

We scrambled our way down to a lovely spot along the side of a Whychus Creek rushing with rain and snow melt. There we shared a picnic lunch and prepared for the climb back up out of the canyon. Whychus Canyon Preserve is a magical spot, one I can't wait to visit again soon!

~ Carol Wall


Whychus Canyon Preserve is a 450 acre gem near Sisters that not only protects outstanding wildlife habitat but will soon provide a place for you to hike and bird. Learn more.