Geology Wander, Whychus Canyon Preserve

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Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Derek Loeb at the end of the day for a short stroll with easy walking to learn about the geology of Whychus Canyon Preserve. Explore the Preserve's old-growth juniper forests while you learn about the history of its rimrock canyon. Observe how the geography of Central Oregon has been impacted by its position at the boundary of three major geologic provinces.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: Easy, ~2 mile walk.

    Route: This hike will start at the Whychus Canyon Preserve kiosk and follow trails to a panoramic viewpoint. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is easy, with little elevation gain/loss

  • What to Bring

    Snacks, 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.