Whychus Creek Trail

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Whychus Creek Trail

Distance: 9.8km
Elevation: 204m
Time: 2-3h

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This hike is perfect for escaping the crowds at many of the popular walks closer to Bend.  A moderate trail perfect for the whole family.

Getting there

From Bend head north on US-97 for a short while until you see signs for Sisters. Exit the highway and turn onto US-20 heading west toward Sisters. After driving 35.4km, turn left onto Elms Street and follow this road for about 8.0km. Look for a very small hiker symbol on the right. Park here to begin the hike.

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About

When to do

Year Round

Backcountry Campsites

Yes

Toilets

None

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Out and back


Elevation


Detailed Description

Descend along the single-track trail down to the river before turning left to begin following the river. The trail trends upwards along the river and never gains much elevation. You will pass by numerous small waterfalls as you climb.

Weaving through awesome ponderosa pine forests, the trail never gets too far from the creek. Follow signs for the Whychus Creek Trail at all trail junctions. The trail ends at the junction of the Metolius and Windigo trails, where you will find a small walk-in campsite.

There are deep eddies along much of the walk, which offer many spots to jump in and cool off. The trees don’t always provide ample shade, so a dunk is sometimes necessary! After hiking beside this gurgling stream leading to a campsite, return the way you came.

Insider Hints

  • If hiking with kids, simply go for as long as you want then turn around.

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Tom Tom2 weeks ago

It was a very nice and quiet day. A lot of wildlife.

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Ronny3 weeks ago

I love rivers. So the Wychus creek hike was very pleasant. Tons of birds to see as well. We saw a few people with big cameras trying to take photos of some funny birds. Ducks probably.

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