Geology Hike, Whychus Canyon Preserve

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Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Daniele McKay for a geology hike at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Marvel at the geologic history of this spectacular rimrock canyon and take in the views scenic overlooks. Enjoy the panoramic view of the Cascade crest while learning about the forces of nature that formed Central Oregon and the cliffs surrounding Whychus Creek. Explore ancient juniper groves, native grasslands and a portion of the Santiam Wagon Road while keeping an eye out for early spring wildflowers. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a challenging, 4-5-mile hike on the Whychus Canyon Preserve hiking trails.

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

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is challenging with 300' of elevation gain.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, water, sturdy hiking 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.