Metolius Preserve

Sisters, Oregon

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A simple conversation between two ?shermen started the land purchase that today forms the Metolius Preserve. That 2003 meeting between a board member from the Deschutes Basin Land Trust and the chairman of Willamette Industries initiated a plan to conserve habitat for the return of salmon to the Deschutes Basin. More than a decade later, not only are the Chinook salmon and various species of trout returning, but many hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners are as well. The Metolius Preserve encompasses over 1,240 acres of ponderosa pine–forested land, along with three different branches of Fish Creek—an important migratory route and habitat for spawning salmon. Today the preserve features more than 10 miles of newly developed trails open nearly year-round. The single-track trails and former fire roads make for easy and tranquil trail running through an area that crosses the North, Middle, and South Forks of Lake Creek.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

A simple conversation between two ?shermen started the land purchase that today forms the Metolius Preserve. That 2003 meeting between a board member from the Deschutes Basin Land Trust and the chairman of Willamette Industries initiated a plan to conserve habitat for the return of salmon to the Deschutes Basin.

More than a decade later, not only are the Chinook salmon and various species of trout returning, but many hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners are as well. The Metolius Preserve encompasses over 1,240 acres of ponderosa pine–forested land, along with three different branches of Fish Creek—an important migratory route and habitat for spawning salmon. Today the preserve features more than 10 miles of newly developed trails open nearly year-round. The single-track trails and former fire roads make for easy and tranquil trail running through an area that crosses the North, Middle, and South Forks of Lake Creek.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Sisters
Distance: 3.7
Elevation Gain: 94 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round, sunrise–sunset. Best: Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Deschutes Land Trust, 541-330-0017, deschuteslandtrust.org
Local Maps: Sisters & Redmond High Desert Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
Driving Directions: Directions to Metolius Preserve

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