Butterfly Walk, Metolius River Preserve

Explore the delicate and beautiful world of butterflies with the Deschutes Land Trust and Amanda Egertson. We'll hike a portion of the beautiful west side Metolius River trail from Lower Bridge Campground south into the Preserve. Explore the banks of the Metolius River and the Preserve's mixed pine, cedar, and spruce forest while you look for a myriad of butterflies that call this region home. Learn about the ecology and identification of these fluttery creatures. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate 3-4 mile hike on established trails.

    Route: This hike will start at Lower Bridge Campground on the Metolius River and follow a dirt trail along the river and through the forest. Terrain will be uneven at times.

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

  • What to Bring

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

  • About the Property

    The Metolius River Preserve is a 30-acre Preserve near Camp Sherman, Oregon. The Preserve includes .75 miles of the Metolius River, mixed pine, cedar and spruce forest, a riverside meadow, and a rare fen or wetland. It is home to a host of wildlife species including returning salmon and sockeye, songbirds, deer, and a variety of unique plants and trees.