With the snow melting and the temperatures warming up, spring flourishes the town of Sisters and the surrounding area with a variety of greens, outdoor activities and events
One of the most popular spring activities in Sisters is hiking. The wilderness area offers a wide range of trails that showcase the vibrant colors of the season, from wildflowers to the lush greenery of the forests. The Peterson Ridge Trail is a often chosen option, with a scenic hike through the surrounding hills and meadows. The Metolius-Windigo Trail is another great alternative, offering stunning views of the nearby mountains and a chance to see wildlife such as deer and elk.
For those who prefer a more quiet way to enjoy the warmer scenery, a scenic drive around the area is a good way to spend the day. The McKenzie Pass-Santiam Pass Scenic Byway offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, where you have stops at several historic sites, including the Dee Wright Observatory and the Proxy Falls. The Cascade Lakes Scenic Byway is another beautiful route, with views of the lakes and mountains that surpasses.
Spring is also a great time of the year for fishing in the zone. The nearby Metolius River is a popular destination for fly fishing, with an abundance of rainbow and brown trout. The nearby Crooked River is another great option, offering a chance to catch rainbow or brown trout, and steelhead. When visiting you can also try your hand at fishing in the nearby Cascade Lakes, with a chance to catch kokanee and rainbow or brown trout.
For those who enjoy cycling, this season is great to explore the area on two wheels. The Peterson Ridge Trail System is popular among mountain bikers, with over 25 miles of trails. One more choice in proximity is the McKenzie River Trail that is filled with forests and sights of the area.
Birdwatching in Sisters and the region gets benefited from spring. The Pine Mountain Observatory allows observation of a wide range of bird species like raptors, songbirds, waterfowl. When walking the forests and meadows you can spot woodpeckers, warblers and thrushes
Beside the outdoor pastimes, the season hosts a variety of events and festivals. Every Sunday from May to September, the Farmers Market presents a chance to shop fresh produce and handmade goods from local vendors. During June, you find the Sisters Rodeo throughout town with various rodeos and activities. And right before the heat of summer strikes, in July you get to see the Sisters Quilt Show, showcasing more than 1,000 quilts from around the world.
The warm and comfortable temperature of this time of the year, makes it enjoyable to submerge in the area’s rich history and culture. Not far away, the High Desert Museum teaches you about the region’s natural and cultural history with interactive exhibits and live demonstrations. The Sisters Art Walk, which takes place the fourth Friday of each month from May to September, offers a chance to explore the town’s art galleries and studios.
Without room for discussion, spring is simply a great season to just enjoy the beauty of the region. Visitors can stroll the charming town of Sisters, walking to offbeat shops and galleries that fill the streets. You can relax and be amused by the peace that emerges from the forests and meadows, absorbing the views of the spring scenery
In short, spring fills Sisters and the surrounding areas of activities and events. From hiking to birdwatching, there is something for everybody to enjoy. So pack your bags, grab your gear, and get ready for an unforgettable spring escapade in one of the most beautiful destinations in the region.