Five reasons to join us for a 2014 Walk or Hike

Apr 01, 2014
Hike season is officially here and our 2014 roster is our best yet! Read on for five great reasons to get out and hike with Central Oregon's best...


We are super excited to announce our 2014 Walks + Hikes! If you've been on a Land Trust hike before, you know that they are some of the best guided hikes in Central Oregon--and they're FREE! If you haven't been out before, read on to find out why this is the perfect time to join us.

1. Nearly 2 miles of new trails at Whychus Canyon Preserve.
We’ve been hard at work building new trails and connections at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Our Walks + Hikes at Whychus Canyon Preserve are your perfect chance to get an introduction to new routes and scenic viewpoints! One section of new trail takes visitors on a brief half-mile jaunt from the kiosk to a new, easily-accessed viewpoint with stunning views of Whychus Creek, its canyons, and the mountains beyond. Another section links the kiosk to a northern viewpoint without descending all the way into the canyon. This trail can be connected with the main route through the Preserve for a new three-mile loop!

2. Birds, butterflies, flowers, oh my!
We know you’re curious about nature. That’s why our free Walks + Hike cover everything from beginning birding to butterflies, history to geology, mountain biking to water bugs and more. Whether you’re a seasoned outdoor expert or new to Central Oregon, you can learn something interesting on a Walk + Hike.

3. Brand new hikes and topics this year.
New this year, we’ve expanded our Walks + Hikes to include easy-going Wanders, new art workshops, and hybrid bike rides. If you’re looking for a scenic stroll with minimal walking, check out our Wanders. If you want to hone your artistic craft or explore creative outlets, check out our Art Workshops. Or if you’ve been waiting to explore around our Preserves by bike, our hybrid bike rides are for you. In short, there’s never been a better time to find the perfect Land Trust outing for you.

4. Our Walks + Hikes leaders.
We are so proud and grateful for an outstanding roster of volunteers who lead our Walks + Hikes. From Pulitzer-prize winning photographers, to geophysicists, butterfly experts and life-long natualists, we are humbled by the volunteers who’ve given countless hours making sure you get the best guided hike in Central Oregon. Read more about our Walks + Hikes Leaders here.

5. Folks like you.
We don’t mean to toot your horn, but toot toot! It’s interesting and engaged participants like you who make our Walks + Hikes that much more amazing. We keep our group sizes small, meaning you get more opportunities to ask questions and meet new like-minded people. Attend a Walk + Hike and you just might leave with an awesome new friend.

Why are you excited for this Walks + Hikes season? Share in the comments below!