Rimrock Ranch Restoration Tour, Rimrock Ranch

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Mary Crow for a tour of the Whychus Creek restoration project at Rimrock Ranch. Hike along the rim at Rimrock Ranch to a great overlook of the newly restored floodplain and creek. Learn more about this year’s creek restoration effort and find out what’s next in this multi-phase, multi-year project to improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Then, enjoy sweeping views of the canyon as you hike down to explore the creek and surrounding meadows.

Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

Face masks: Per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, all participants (regardless of vaccination status) must bring and wear a face mask during the walk or hike (as soon as you exit your vehicle). Face masks must fit tight to the face, be worn over the nose and mouth, and must be secure enough to stay on during your entire walk or hike. Per OHA guidelines, face shields are not considered a face mask. The Land Trust will have extra face masks for use as needed.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a challenging 3-4 mile hike on dirt roads and through grassy meadows.

    Route: This hike will start at the canyon rim and then follow dirt roads along the canyon rim and into the Whychus Creek canyon. We will also venture off-trail into the meadow. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: This hike is challenging with ~200' of elevation gain/loss.

  • What to Bring

    Face mask (homemade is fine), snacks/lunch, water, closed toe shoes. Dress for the weather.

  • About the Property

    Rimrock Ranch is a privately-owned 1,120 acre ranch near Sisters. The Deschutes Land Trust worked with its owners to protect its outstanding fish and wildlife habitat, pine forests and productive ranchland. Rimrock Ranch contains roughly 1.5 miles of Whychus Creek, juniper forests, native grasslands and is home to a host of wildlife species.

  • 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.