Changing Forests Hike, Demaris Ranch

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Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Fiona Noonan for a spring hike at Demaris Ranch! Explore this historic ranch and its connection to homesteading in Crook County while you take in wildflowers and discuss climate change impacts on Central Oregon's dry forests. Learn more about the Land Trust's climate change strategy and discover ways that forests can help us combat climate change. Catch great views of the Ochoco Mountains and the East Cascades as we explore this privately-owned ranch on McKay Creek that the Land Trust has been working to conserve. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate ~4 mile hike across uneven terrain.

    Route: This hike will follow Lincoln Creek up into the hills of Demaris Ranch. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is moderate with ~100-500' of elevation gain/loss.

  • What to Bring

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

  • About the Property

    Demaris Ranch is a privately owned ranch on McKay Creek that the Land Trust has been working to conserve. The ranch's 2,000 acres include fir, larch, and pine forest, as well as scenic views of the McKay Creek valley and nearby Prineville.