Feet, hooves and pedal power
By Ann Marland
Dedicated volunteers with a passion for nature are connecting Sisters Country with a network of trails for hiking, cycling, and horseback riding.
There is simply no better way to enjoy the beauty of Sisters Country than to bike, hike, or ride a horse on one of the many Sisters Trails Alliance trails in the surrounding forests. From the trails you’ll have views of the Three Sisters, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Washington, Broken Top and Mt. Bachelor.
These trails have been built and are maintained by the Sisters Trails Alliance (STA), an all-volunteer organization established in 2001. The group consists of like-minded individuals who share a common passion for nature and the recreational opportunities it offers in the Sisters area by creating trails for non-motorized users. They continue to plan, construct, and maintain hiking, cycling and equestrian trails as an independent Community Partner of the Sisters Park & Recreation District.
Trails are healthy for individuals and for the communities in which they live. STA believes that trails are an indispensable ingredient of quality of life and economic vibrancy in Sisters Country — providing healthy recreation, environmentally sound transportation, and safe ways to get to school.
There are approximately 65 miles of biking, hiking, and running trails along with 25 miles of equestrian trails within the Peterson Ridge Trail System. The equestrian trails are separate from the hiking and biking trails to reduce trail user conflict.
Most trailheads are located near town, so are very accessible to both residents and visitors.
Equestrians are being treated to two new horse trails that were completed last fall adding to an already extensive horse trail
system. STA volunteers completed building the new Jimerson Trail and the new Four-mile Butte Trail.
Working with the Deschutes National Forest, and National Forest Foundation, significant projects have been accomplished to expand Sisters’ many recreational opportunities.
In 2012 the National Forest Foundation teamed up with STA to build a trail which provides limited access to a part of Whychus Creek.
Trail maps and information are available at www.sisterstrails.com.