Whychus Canyon Preserve

Sisters, Oregon

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Located between Sisters and Redmond, Whychus Canyon Preserve is an area newly developed by the Deschutes Land Trust. With over 7 miles of zigzagging trails up and down the steep canyon, the preserve has ample views of the blue waters of Whychus Creek, the Cascade Mountains, and—during the spring months—great opportunities to see High Desert wild?owers such as balsamroot and many others. The preserve was established to provide a high-quality habitat for salmon and steelhead in the Upper Deschutes Basin. Historically, the preserve was the most productive steelhead stream feeding into the Upper Deschutes River, and now it plays a major part in efforts to reintroduce the species to the area. The trails provide a few options depending on your desire for distance and elevation. For the hardy, a nice inner–outer loop covers nearly the entire network without much backtracking. From the trailhead, start by running down the doubletrack, passing both the junction for the canyon trail and the signs pointing to the Santiam Wagon Road.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

Located between Sisters and Redmond, Whychus Canyon Preserve is an area newly developed by the Deschutes Land Trust. With over 7 miles of zigzagging trails up and down the steep canyon, the preserve has ample views of the blue waters of Whychus Creek, the Cascade Mountains, and—during the spring months—great opportunities to see High Desert wild?owers such as balsamroot and many others.

The preserve was established to provide a high-quality habitat for salmon and steelhead in the Upper Deschutes Basin. Historically, the preserve was the most productive steelhead stream feeding into the Upper Deschutes River, and now it plays a major part in efforts to reintroduce the species to the area.

The trails provide a few options depending on your desire for distance and elevation. For the hardy, a nice inner–outer loop covers nearly the entire network without much backtracking. From the trailhead, start by running down the doubletrack, passing both the junction for the canyon trail and the signs pointing to the Santiam Wagon Road.

© 2016 Lucas Alberg/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Sisters
Distance: 7.25
Elevation Gain: 963 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: March–December, sunrise–sunset Best: Spring
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Deschutes Land Trust, 541-330-0017, deschuteslandtrust.org
Local Maps: PDF map at tinyurl.com/whychuscanyonmap
Driving Directions: Directions to Whychus Canyon Preserve

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