Women's Intro to Backpacking, Metolius Preserve

Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Monica Rimai for an introduction to backpacking workshop at the Metolius Preserve. Still working on taking your first backpacking trip? Then, this class is for you! Learn the basics of backpacking with Monica Rimai, an alum of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). She'll help you figure out what to wear and bring (without spending lots of money), how to pack your pack and set up your tent, and how to choose your route and hike lightly on the land. We'll use the Preserve's ponderosa forests as a training ground to practice your skills so you can feel confident when you head out on your trip. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event.

  • Outing Details + Route

    Hike Rating: This is a moderate to challenging ~3 mile hike on dirt roads and trails.

    Route: This hike will start at the North Trailhead of the Metolius Preserve and will follow the Lake Creek Trail to Suttle Lake and back. Terrain will be uneven at times.

    Elevation gain/loss: There is moderate, cumulative elevation gain/loss of up to 450' on this hike.

  • What to Bring
    • Snacks/lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.
    • We will provide equipment for demonstrations, but if you have any gear that you have questions about or need help using (e.g. water filtration systems, tent, backpack) we encourage you to bring it.
  • 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.