Photo: Joan Amero.

Geology + Plant Hike

DATE: Jun 30, 2024
TIME: 01:00 PM to 05:00 PM
PLACE: Paulina Creek Preserve

Questions? Contact our team!

Do you have questions, kudos, or other feedback? Let us know:

Join the Deschutes Land Trust, Daniele McKay, and Tom Wainwright to explore the geology and plant life of Paulina Creek Preserve. Learn more about the geological processes that formed the landscapes around the Preserve and how they shaped the plant communities that are present. We'll dig into the history of Newberry Caldera and surrounding areas and explore the ways that lodgepole pine forests are connected with volcanic soils, the importance of floods in forming Paulina Prairie, and the possible relationships of water chemistry and plant species distributions. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is an easy 3-4 mile hike on dirt and gravel roads.

    Route: This hike will start at the Paulina Creek Preserve parking area and follow dirt and gravel roads. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks, water, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    The Deschutes Land Trust acquired and protected the 1,099 acre Paulina Creek Preserve in 2022. With ponderosa and lodgepole pine forests, wet and dry meadows, and 3.7 miles of Paulina Creek, the Preserve helps mitigate the impacts of climate change, provides habitat for a wide range of wildlife (from frogs and fish to songbirds and bats), and will soon help connect the local community to the outdoors.

  • 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.