Water, Wood + Rocks, Skyline Forest

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Long before breweries and boarding, what brought people to the unique landscapes of Central Oregon? Join the Deschutes Land Trust, Leslie Olson, and Derek Loeb to explore the history of Central Oregon in Skyline Forest. Mill about near the site of a 1916 lumber mill and explore Bend's early logging history. Then, hike along the Columbia Southern Canal and a surprising canyon that gives a window into Bend's explosive geologic past, to learn how water and irrigation impacted early settlement. Finally, learn about the impact of wildfire on this important forest and how the Land Trust is working to preserve its future. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate ~3 mile hike on dirt roads, trails, and off-trail.

    Route: This hike will start at the site of a historic lumber mill and then follow a trail along the Columbia Southern canal. Terrain will be uneven and steep at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is minimal elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, water, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Skyline Forest is a privately-owned forest between Bend and Sisters, Oregon. This 33,000 acre tree farm was historically known as the Bull Springs Tree Farm, and the Deschutes Land Trust has been working for a decade to conserve the forest for the local community. Surrounded by state and federal lands, Skyline Forest contains important wildlife habitat, tremendous recreation opportunities and protects the scenic green foothills that set off the Central Oregon Cascades.