Spring is arguably the best time of the year to explore Whychus Canyon Preserve. You can visit the Preserve year round for spectacular mountain views, dramatic canyon overlooks, and stands of old growth juniper. But come this spring to find blankets of gold stars, migrating songbirds, and nearly two miles of new trails!
Crews were busy over the winter building new connector trails on the canyon rim. One half-mile section takes visitors from the kiosk to a new, easily accessed viewpoint with stunning views of Whychus Creek, its canyon and the mountains beyond.
Another section links the kiosk to a northern viewpoint without descending all the way into the canyon. Connect this trail with the main route through the Preserve for a new three-mile loop. You can also connect these new trails with you old favorites to hike a variety of loops that take in the Preserve's juniper and pine forests, scenic overlooks, and the historic Santiam Wagon Road.
Stay tuned for our next step: more formal trail navigation signs! In the meantime, if you'd like an introduction to the new trails, join us on a guided hike. Or to explore the Preserve on your own, take a look at our updated trail map, which you can also pick up at the kiosk before your hike.