Whychus Creek

Portland, Oregon 97086

Whychus Creek

Whychus Creek Professional Review and Guide

"This hike takes you along the banks of bubbling Whychus Creek past waterfalls and big rock pools in a gorgeous ponderosa pine forest.

This trail travels parallel to the scenic, 41-mile-long Whychus Creek (previously called Squaw Creek). The name Whychus (pronounced why-choose) is derived from the Sahaptin language and means “the place we cross the water.” The source of the creek is at the base of the Three Sisters Mountains, and it flows through the Deschutes Basin until it joins the Deschutes River near Lake Billy Chinook. Historically the creek provided important habitat for salmon, trout, and steelhead. Low water levels, obstacles blocking fish, and habitat degradation caused the fish to disappear from certain sections of the creek. Over the past decade, habitat restoration has become a priority for this important watershed, and the Deschutes River Conservancy has worked with the Deschutes Land Trust and the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council to reintroduce fish into the creek."

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562 feet
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3-4 hours
Deschutes National Forest, Sisters Ranger District, Pine Street and Highway 20, Sisters; (541) 549-7700; www.fs.usda.gov/main/centraloregon/home
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Jul 2018