Fall Colors Hike, Metolius Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Jane Meissner for a fall colors hike at the Metolius Preserve. Wander the northern portion of the Preserve to learn about ponderosa pine and mixed conifer forest. Then, visit Lake Creek and hear how native salmon are returning to the creek, all while taking in the beautiful fall colors of yellow larch. Finally, we will journey down to the middle section of the Preserve to look for fall colors along the banks of Lake Creek. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate ~4-5 mile hike on the Metolius Preserve hiking trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the North Trailhead of the Metolius Preserve and follow trails into the Preserve. 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, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Metolius Preserve is a 1,240 acre forested Preserve near Camp Sherman, Oregon. The Deschutes Land Trust established the Preserve in 2003. The Preserve contains mature ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and western larch, as well as a rich diversity of other plant species. Three miles of Lake Creek, an important tributary to the Metolius River, flow through the property, contributing to the rich habitat found on the Preserve.