Hindman History Wander, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust, Carol Wall, and Jan Hodgers for a historical wander around the Hindman Springs portion of Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Explore the early settlement of the region with an original descendent of the Hindman family who lived at the meadow for 40 years. See the remains of the historic Hindman barn and learn more about its workmanship and what it was like living in the Hindman house years ago. 

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate, ~2 mile hike. Portions will be on bark-chipped trails and through a grassy meadow.

    Route: This hike will start at the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve kiosk, follow the bark-chipped trail and then venture off-trail into the meadow. Terrain will be uneven at times.

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

  • What to Bring

    Snacks, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Camp Polk Meadow Preserve is a 152 acre Preserve on Whychus Creek near Sisters, Oregon. The Preserve was first established by the Deschutes Land Trust in 2000. The Preserve contains approximately 1.4 miles of Whychus Creek, wetlands, meadows, aspen groves and ponderosa pine stands. It is home to a variety of plant and wildlife species and is one of Central Oregon's birding hot spots. The Preserve also has a long and illustrious history as a crossroads for Native Americans, explorers, soldiers and settlers.