Earth Day Hike, Whychus Canyon Preserve

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Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Mary Crow for an Earth Day hike at Whychus Canyon Preserve to celebrate earth's beauty and treasures. We'll follow the Rim Trail to take in the spectacular views along the canyon while hiking to the northernmost point at the Preserve. Enjoy lunch at a scenic overlook, then return to the trailhead via juniper and ponderosa pine and a historic homestead. Along the way we'll contemplate ways to become better stewards of the earth as you look for signs of wildlife and enjoy early spring wildflowers. 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 the Whychus Canyon Preserve hiking trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the Whychus Canyon Preserve kiosk and follow trails partway down into the Whychus Creek canyon. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is moderate with 150' of elevation gain/loss.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, water, closed toe 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.