Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Carol Wall to explore the 150-year old Santiam Wagon Road at Whychus Canyon Preserve. Hike back in time and imagine traveling west in a wagon train to transport wool from Eastern Oregon to the Willamette Valley, or east to graze livestock on the grasses of the desert. Observe the signs and symbols that are still visible along the trail today, helping to tell the story of travel and commerce in the high desert. Then, explore the site of an early homestead.
Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event. Per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines, we strongly recommend that individuals who are unvaccinated or who are at higher risk for COVID-19 continue to wear a face covering in crowded areas and in large gatherings of individuals, and maintain physical distancing.
Hike Rating: This is a moderate ~3 mile hike on old roads and through juniper forest.
Route: This hike will start at the Whychus Canyon Preserve kiosk and follow dirt roads. Terrain will be uneven at times.
Elevation gain/loss: There is very little elevation gain/loss on this hike.