Whychus Canyon Preserve - Three Distinct Hikes

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Bend Premier Real Estate 200009031

Our first hike of 2021 was at the Whychus Canyon Preserve, a place we had never been before.  Located at the end of Goodrich Road off Cloverdale Road outside of Sisters, the preserve provides for 3 different hikes of varying difficulty and view. We took the Long Canyon Route which follows the canyon rim before dropping 300 feet in elevation into the canyon and follows the creek for 2.3 miles before climbing back to the rim. The walk on the rim travels through meadows and has a  North Sister view overlook before heading back to the trailhead. All in all, the loop is roughly 5 miles and depending on the time of year, can offer wildflowers and mountain views. The other hikes in the Whychus Canyon Preserve include the Mid Canyon Route, shorter with only 3 miles, and the Wagon Road and Meadow Loop (2.5 miles).  The Wagon Road follows a portion of the historic Santiam Wagon Road and includes interpretive signs which discuss the Santiam toll road which was the way early settlers in Oregon traveled back and forth from the Willamette Valley to Central Oregon in the 1860s. 

If you plan on hiking in the Whychus Canyon Preserve, come early as there is limited parking; off road parking is not permitted and dogs must be kept on leash.

Whychus Canyon Preserve Trail Whychus Creek


Santiam Wagon Road

Original blog can be read at Bend Premier Real Estate.

Comments (3)

Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Lynnea,  Thank you for sharing this information about the Whychus Canyon Preserve.  Sounds like a fantastic place to hike.  Beautiful pictures.

Jan 06, 2021 09:27 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

Morning Lynnea.

That walk would likely take me two days to accomplish.  I'm good for 1 and sometimes 2 miles and I'm done

Jan 07, 2021 12:44 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That looks to be a healthy and challenging area for a hike.  I can do 5-6 miles, but it usually requires me to have my golf clubs as well.

Jan 12, 2021 06:18 AM