Event Details


Santiam Wagon Road Walk at Whychus Canyon Preserve, guided by Kelly Madden

Wednesday, May 30

Today Sunriver is an idyllic community in Central Oregon, but during World War II, it was the site of Camp Abbot, the western-most engineer replacement training center of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Under the leadership of Col. Frank Besson, the U.S. Army trained 90,000 men at the camp, from 1943 through 1944. There, amongst pine trees and sagebrush, soldiers endured sub-freezing winters and hundred-degree summers. Join the Deschutes Land Trust and Kelly Madden 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. Explore the site of an early homestead and the signs and symbols still visible along the trail today, that help tell the story of travel and commerce in the high desert. Registration is required and opens 1 month prior to the event. Please register online at www.deschuteslandtrust.org/hikes Hike Rating: Moderate, ~3 mile hike on old roads and through juniper forest. What to bring: Snacks/Lunch, water, sturdy hiking shoes. Dress for the weather.

Location:Deschutes Land Trust
Web: deschuteshistory.org
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