Metolius Preserve Hike, Metolius Preserve

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Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Nancy Chaffee for a late summer hike at the Metolius Preserve. We'll hike through the larch and pine forests of the northern part of the Preserve on our way to the the Fir Trails that line the banks of Lake Creek. Explore the Preserve's new trail system and enjoy the last of summer's wildflowers while you learn about the history of the Metolius Preserve and what the Land Trust is doing to steward the property. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate 5-mile hike on established trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the North Trailhead of the Metolius Preserve and will explore trails in the area. Terrain will be uneven at times.

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

  • What to Bring

    Snacks, 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.