Lake Creek + Suttle Lake, Metolius Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Nancy Chaffee for a fall hike on the Lake Creek Trail from the Metolius Preserve up and around Suttle Lake. We'll hike through the Preserve's ponderosa forests and follow Lake Creek on our way to Suttle Lake. Then, we'll take in the scenic lakeshore as we hike around the lake and return via the Lake Creek Trail. Learn about the fascinating plant life of the Metolius region where the wetter plants of the western Cascades blend with our drier eastside forests. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a challenging 9-10 mile hike on dirt roads and trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the North Trailhead of the Metolius Preserve and will follow the Lake Creek Trail to Suttle Lake and then around Suttle Lake. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is moderate, cumulative elevation gain/loss of 450' on this hike.

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, 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.