Geology Hike, Metolius River Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Derek Loeb to learn about the geology and hydrology of the Metolius River. We'll start at the headwaters of the Metolius River and then drive to Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery before ending with a hike to the Land Trust's Metolius River Preserve. Each stop will help us explore how the region was formed by volcanic processes and faulting and how that relates to its special hydrology. Enjoy stunning river views as you learn more about this unique landscape. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

Face masks: Per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, face masks are no longer required indoors or outside. Individuals who wish to wear a face mask may do so.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate 3-4 mile hike on established trails.

    Route: This hike will visit multiple locations in the Metolius River region. 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, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Metolius River Preserve is a 30-acre Preserve near Camp Sherman, Oregon. The Preserve includes .75 miles of the Metolius River, mixed pine, cedar and spruce forest, a riverside meadow, and a rare fen or wetland. It is home to a host of wildlife species including returning salmon and sockeye, songbirds, deer, and a variety of unique plants and trees.

  • Accessibility

    The Land Trust is working to make our Walks + Hikes as accessible as possible. Please let us know at least one week in advance if there is something we can do or provide to support you in participating in this outing to the fullest and we will accommodate as possible.