Whychus Canyon Preserve Self-Guided Walk

 

Whychus Canyon Preserve. Photo: Toni Morris.
Whychus Canyon Preserve. Photo: Toni Morris.
Although volunteer-led Land Trust walks and hikes are on a hiatus, you can still get out and explore your protected lands on your own. Here are some route ideas for enjoying Whychus Canyon Preserve:

Wagon Road and Desert Meadow Loop: This route follows a portion of the historic Santiam Wagon Road. Interpretive signs along the way share the story of the Wagon Road east of the Cascades and the role it played in the settlement of Central Oregon. This fairly flat trail is lovely in the early morning before it heats up.

Long Canyon Route: Head down into the canyon to Whychus Creek, then stroll along the creek before heading back to the top of the canyon. This beautiful hike is challenging and involves steep trails with 300 feet of elevation gain/loss. Enjoy stunning displays of wildflowers, mountain views, and tranquil creekside breaks.

Short Canyon Route: This route is for those looking for a quicker (and steeper!) route that still enjoys the lush, green vegetation along Whychus Creek. Keep an eye out for songbirds and deer along the creek, as well as water bugs and small fish in the creek. This route is challenging and involves steep trails with 300 feet of elevation gain/loss.

With more than 7 miles of hiking trails, Whychus Canyon Preserve is a great place to spend the day outside. Find driving directions, trail maps, and more detailed Preserve information.

As with all activities during the pandemic, we have new guidelines and rules we ask you to follow while visiting our Community Preserves. Please take the time to read these guidelines before you head out, so you can keep our community safe and healthy. Thank you!