West Metolius Trail 4018

Camp Sherman, Oregon 97730

Distance3.7mi
Elevation Gain513ft
Trailhead Elevation2,871ft
Top2,871ft
Elevation Min/Max2736/2871ft
Elevation Start/End2871/2871ft

West Metolius Trail 4018

West Metolius Trail 4018 is a hiking trail in Jefferson County, Oregon. It is within Deschutes National Forest. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 2,871 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 513 feet. Along the trail there are restrooms.

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend and Central Oregon - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"This unique trail traces the banks of the clear, fast-moving Metolius River and meanders through a lush riparian ecosystem of bright wildflowers and riverside vegetation. The spring-fed river rushes over lava to create swirling rapids and big eddies that that are home to various species of salmon and trout. At the turnaround point is the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery, a great place to take a break and explore. Water and restrooms are available at the fish hatchery. Trails continue to follow the river north on both sides for longer hike options." Read more
Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"This unique trail traces the banks of the clear, fast-moving Metolius River and meanders through a lush riparian ecosystem of bright wildflowers and riverside vegetation. The spring-fed river rushes over lava to create swirling rapids and big eddies that are home to various species of salmon and trout. At the turnaround point is the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery, a great place to take a break and explore. Water and restrooms are available at the fish hatchery." Read more
Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Ellen Morris Bishop
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"The Metolius River emerges from springs at the base of Black Butte, a symmetrical volcanic cone that is more than a million years in age and one of the oldest mountains of the high Cascades." Read more
Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Brittany Manwill
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"Over the course of a few miles, the Metolius River changes from calm and serene, to fast and violent, and then back to peaceful. Considering its humble beginnings at the calm headwaters south of here, the sections of white water around these parts seem out of place." Read more
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"A simple conversation between two ?shermen started the land purchase that today forms the Metolius Preserve. That 2003 meeting between a board member from the Deschutes Basin Land Trust and the chairman of Willamette Industries initiated a plan to conserve habitat for the return of salmon to the Deschutes Basin. More than a decade later, not only are the Chinook salmon and various species of trout returning, but many hikers, mountain bikers, and trail runners are as well. The Metolius Preserve encompasses over 1,240 acres of ponderosa pine–forested land, along with three different branches of Fish Creek—an important migratory route and habitat for spawning salmon. Today the preserve features more than 10 miles of newly developed trails open nearly year-round. The single-track trails and former fire roads make for easy and tranquil trail running through an area that crosses the North, Middle, and South Forks of Lake Creek." Read more
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press)
Lucas Alberg
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"The Metolius River is the most magical of all rivers in the state of Oregon. Originating from two clusters of substantial underground springs at the base of Black Butte, the river appears to rise fully formed from underground. Though the headwaters are impressive, the rest of the river is even more spectacular. The waters of the Metolius are clean and clear, and the river and idyllic woods on each side create a stunning backdrop. A National Wild and Scenic River, the Metolius is best described as a scene from the Brad Pitt ?lm A River Runs Through It." Read more

West Metolius Trail 4018 Reviews

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4/7/2010
This is one of my favorite "collect your thoughts" hikes in Central Oregon. The first 1.2 miles keeps you right next to the rushing Metolius River, and is a five-star hiking experience in the secluded and protected river wilderness. The second half is not quite as nice, as the trail takes you farther away from the water and up into more desolate forest areas before reaching an anticlimactic turnaround point at the Wizard Falls Hatchery. Neither direction has much strenuous altitude gain and it's nice that the hike ends back on the strong note of tracing the water's edge for the last mile. The trail, which is about a 20 minute drive from Sisters, is very well-defined, and generally not busy (horses and bikes are not allowed). A highly recommended water hike and if you want a shorter experience, just go until it starts to pull away from the water and turn around. Very rarely can you hike this close to a strong river for this long.
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9/3/2009
Beautiful hike along the Metolius. Not at all strenuous.
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6/15/2009
Nice easy trail. My then 9 year old daughter managed it with a 20lb frame pack on. Gorgeous river and surrounds. Definitely a worthwhile destination.
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7/30/2007
My husband and I hiked along the river for several miles. The trail is easy, but beautiful. We stopped at several points so he could drop in and fly fish. It was gorgeous.
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Camp Sherman
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
Wildflowers
Features
USGS maps: Black Butte, OR; Candle Creek, OR; Prairie Farm Spring, OR
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