Trout Creek Conservation Area

About the Trout Creek Conservation Area.
  • Owned by Sisters School District
  • Hiking and walking trails.
  • Ponderosa pine forest
  • Birds, rare plants, wildlife


The Trout Creek Conservation Area is 161 acres of pine forest owned by the Sisters School District next door to Sisters High School. This small little forest provides important habitat for woodpeckers, deer, elk, coyote and is home to the rare Peck’s penstemon. Trout Creek Conservation Area is preserved in perpetuity though an agreement with the Deschutes Land Trust.

 

  • What to See

    The Trout Creek Conservation Area is owned and managed by the Sistsers School District. It has a small network of publically accessible trails. The Sisters School District permits hiking, bird watching, and other low-impact, non-motorized activities. When visiting you can:

    • Watch for Wildlife: Trout Creek Conservation Area offers refuge for local wildlife including white-headed woodpeckers, flammulated owls, deer, and more.
    • Discover native plants: The conservation area also provides habitat for the rare Peck’s penstemon (Penstemon peckii), a flower that only grows in a small region of Central Oregon and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The Trout Creek Conservation Area is estimated to have 10% of all the Peck’s penstemon flowers in the world!

    Thanks for staying on the trails and not distubring plants and wildlife.

  • Conservation Values

    Trout Creek Conservation Area offers refuge for local wildlife including white-headed woodpeckers, flammulated owls, deer, and more. The conservation area also provides habitat for the rare Peck’s penstemon (Penstemon peckii), a flower that only grows in a small region of Central Oregon and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The Trout Creek Conservation Area is estimated to have 10% of all the Peck’s penstemon flowers in the world.

    The Land Trust partnered with the Sisters School District to permanetly preserve the Trout Creek Conservation Area in 1997. The resulting land protection agreement ensures that the property will remain in its natural condition forever and conserve important Peck’s penstemon habitat. The Deschutes Land Trust annually monitors the health of the property.

     

  • Driving Directions + Maps

    The Trout Creek Conservation Area is owned by the Sisters School District. Trails can be accessed is near Sisters High School. Learn more.

    The map below shows the location of the Trout Creek Conservation Area in relation to other Land Trust conserved lands.