Upper Whychus Creek Trail

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Upper Whychus Creek Trail


  • (Upper) Whychus Creek Trail #4070 Trailhead.- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
  • Showy penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis).- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
  • Whychus Creek.- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
  • High desert landscape along Whychus Creek.- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
  • Dwarf goldenweed (Haplopappus acaulis).- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
  • View along Whychus Creek.- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
  • Small bouldering area next to the creek.- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
  • One of the best swimming holes along the entire stretch of the Whychus.- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
  • Mule's ear (Wyethia amplexicaulis).- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
  • Showy penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis) and mule's ear (Wyethia amplexicaulis) along the Whychus Creek Trail.- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
  • Red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea).- Upper Whychus Creek Trail
Overview + Weather
Shaded trail along scenic river.
Camping not permitted.
Central Oregon, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
320.00 ft (97.54 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
3.20 mi (5.15 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,510.00 ft (1,069.85 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


A part of the extensive network of trails south of Sisters, Oregon, the Whychus Creek Trail #4070 (not to be confused with the Lower Whychus Creek Trail) meanders along the upper stretches of the scenic Whychus Creek. This trail system includes the well-loved mountain biking destination, Peterson Ridge. Renamed in 2006 from Squaw Creek to Why-chus, the creek flows from the northern slopes of Broken Top through the town of Sisters until it finally converges with the Deschutes River in a deep canyon out in Central Oregon's high desert.

The trail winds through intermittent canopies of ponderosa pine, Engelmann spruce, white fir, and Douglas fir, and hikers will enjoy constant views of the mellow river, deep eddies perfect for swimming or letting the dog cool off, numerous wildflowers, and massive house-sized boulders. In total the trail runs roughly 2.75 miles upstream from the parking area to its intersection with the Metolius-Windigo Trail, but a bluff 1.6 miles upstream with views of Broken Top and the Three Sisters makes for an excellent spot to turn around.

Note: Mountain biking, horseback riding, and camping are prohibited along the trail.

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