Spirits of Camp Polk Meadow, Camp Polk Meadow Preserve
Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Kelly Madden for a twilight visit with the spirits of Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Learn about this culturally rich meadow, home to one of the earliest settlements in Central Oregon, while listening to the stories of the ghosts who once lived in the area. Enjoy the brilliance of fall foliage as you take in the golden aspens and cottonwoods.
Outing Details + Route
Hike Rating: This is an easy, ~1 mile walk on a bark-chipped trail and roads.
Route: This hike will start at the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve kiosk and follow the bark-chipped trail around Hindman Springs. 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.