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Pets allowed
Yes
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
There-and-back
Distance
5.40 mi (8.69 km)
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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. 
 
 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Gushing Springs. Wildflowers. Streamside hike. Informative fish hatchery.

Cons

Crowds during spring and summer. There-and-back hike.

Trailhead Elevation

2,860.00 ft (871.73 m)

Net Elevation Gain

450.00 ft (137.16 m)

Address

NF-1400/640
Camp Sherman, OR 97730
United States

Features

Wildlife
Wildlife
Bird watching
Old-growth forest
Wildflowers
Fishing

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon
Mt. Jefferson + Metolius River Area, Oregon

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