Trees of Central Oregon, Metolius Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Mark Reed for a hike along the trails at the Metolius Preserve. Soak in the golden fall colors of western larch and bracken fern, as you learn about the diverse suite of trees and shrubs that grow in this fascinating part of Central Oregon. The Metolius region boasts a unique combination of wetter plants and trees from the west side of the Cascades along with the drier eastern Cascade vegetation. We will explore all that it has to offer while learning about the myriad of ways the forest has been used over the years. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

Face masks: Per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, face masks are no longer required indoors or outside. Individuals who wish to wear a face mask may do so.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate 4 mile hike on Metolius Preserve hiking trails.

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

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

  • What to Bring

    Snacks/lunch, water, closed toe 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.

  • 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.