Full Moon Hike, Metolius Preserve

Challenge your senses on a moonlight hike with the Deschutes Land Trust and Gary "Gus" Gustafson. While many creatures are turning in for the night, we'll hike the Land Trust's Metolius Preserve and search for owls, bats, and other animals who begin their 'day' at dusk. Discover the secret lives of wildlife and how they operate seamlessly through the night, under the light of a full moon. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate, 3-mile hike on dirt roads and trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the South Trailhead at the Metolius Preserve and follow established trails and dirt roads. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is moderate with little elevation gain/loss.

  • What to Bring

    Flashlight/Headlamp, snacks, 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.