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Metolius River Trail West

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

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  • The West Metolius Trailhead.- Metolius River Trail West
  • The Metolius River near the trailhead.- Metolius River Trail West
  • Western serviceberry (Amelanchier alnifolia).- Metolius River Trail West
  • Gushing spring.- Metolius River Trail West
  • Gushing spring.- Metolius River Trail West
  • The trail along some Class II rapids.- Metolius River Trail West
  • Scenic riverside trail.- Metolius River Trail West
  • False Solomon's seal (Maianthemum racemosum)- Metolius River Trail West
  • Wizard Falls.- Metolius River Trail West
  • Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery.- Metolius River Trail West
  • Entrance to Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery.- Metolius River Trail West
  • Camp Creek campsite.- Metolius River Trail West
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Gushing Springs. Wildflowers. Streamside hike. Informative fish hatchery.
Cons: 
Crowds during spring and summer. There-and-back hike.
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Region:
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
450.00 ft (137.16 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer
Total Distance: 
5.40 mi (8.69 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,860.00 ft (871.73 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Only 9 miles west of Sisters, Oregon lies one of the most spectacular and pristine rivers in Oregon, the Metolius.  The Metolius River West Trail has a few surprises as it meanders through classic Central Oregon wilderness teeming with old-growth ponderosa pine, incense cedar, Douglas fir, and patches of colorful wildflowers.  After only a short, one-third of a mile hike downstream you will reach a spring where crystal-clear water gushes out of the mossy hillside and feeds the river.   The trail continues through lush riverside vegetation and alongside plenty of tempting fishing holes before it rewards you with an informative stop at the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery. 
 
 

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