Winter Wandering

 

There's no need to put away your hiking boots for the season! Although volunteer-led Land Trust walks and hikes are on a winter hiatus, you can still get out and explore your protected lands on your own. Here are three ideas to get you out of your house this winter and into the natural beauty of your Land Trust Preserves:

 




Enjoy scenic views at Indian Ford Meadow Preserve.
If it's not muddy, you can follow a 1 mile trail through the meadow for fantastic views of the Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, Black Butte, Mt. Jefferson, and Indian Ford Creek. Winter snow makes for a lovely, short skiing and snowshoeing adventure. Find driving directions, trail maps, and more detailed Preserve information.

 











Watch for wildlife at Camp Polk Meadow Preserve.
Take a quiet moment and watch wildlife this winter. Camp Polk Meadow Preserve is home to deer, cougar, otters, elk, and many species of birds (~160 species observed). See the Preserve's bird list for help identifying winter resident birds. Find driving directions, trail maps, and more detailed Preserve information.

 

 

 








Get some exercise at the Metolius Preserve. 
With more than 10 miles of hiking and biking trails, the Metolius Preserve is a great place to spend the day outside. The trails are open year-round, if you are adventurous enough to ski or snowshoe in! One thing is for sure: you'll be guaranteed fresh tracks! Find driving directions, trail maps, and more detailed Preserve information.