Columbia Canal Walk, Skyline Forest

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Join the Deschutes Land Trust, Kelly Madden, and Daniele McKay for a tour of cultural and geologic history in Skyline Forest. First we'll explore Bend's early logging history at the site of a 1916 lumber mill and learn how to determine the age of tin cans. Then, we'll examine ancient volcanic deposits recording thousands of years of explosive geologic history in the Cascades. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is an easy, ~2 mile hike on dirt roads and trails.

    Route: This hike will start at Shevlin Park in Bend and will explore trails in Skyline Forest. Terrain will be uneven at times.

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

  • What to Bring

    Snacks, water, sturdy hiking 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.