Deschutes Land Trust announces the launch of free hike series

More than 120 free hikes explore Central Oregon’s creeks, meadows and canyons.
Apr 04, 2016

Bend, OR—The Deschutes Land Trust announced today the start of its 2016 Walk + Hike series. From April-October Land Trust volunteer naturalists lead more than 120 free walks, hikes, and bike rides at various Land Trust protected lands. Participants can explore birds, wildflowers, or geology while hiking along Whychus Creek or in the forests of the Metolius Preserve.

Land Trust Walks + Hikes are of varied distances with diverse topics. Short bird walks catch spring migrations while exploring birding hot spots like Camp Polk Meadow Preserve. Longer full-day hikes explore the glacier-carved valleys and volcanic craters of the Sisters area. Mountain bike rides take in the vast expanse and trails of Skyline Forest, while night hikes allow participants to get outside and soak in the darkness. Families with children will delight in a roster of pint-size hikes dedicated to birds, butterflies and more.

Walks + Hikes are led by skilled volunteer naturalists who delight in sharing nature with others. Many Land Trust leaders are trained Oregon State University Master Naturalists with a lifetime of experience outdoors. Join them to explore new hiking trails, observe migrating songbirds, or delight in spring wildflowers.

All walks and hikes are free. Group size is small to limit impact on Land Trust Preserves and give attendees the best experience possible. Registration for each outing opens 1 month prior to the outing and can be done online any time of day or night. Once registered, detailed directions for the outing will be provided. Find the full schedule.

The Deschutes Land Trust conserves land for wildlife, scenic views, and local communities. As Central Oregon’s only nationally accredited and locally-based land trust, the Deschutes Land Trust has protected more than 8,750 acres since 1995. For more information on Deschutes Land Trust, contact us at (541) 330-0017 or visit

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NOTE: High resolution photos of hikes are available.