Whychus Creek Trail
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.
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.
|When to do|
Out and back
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.
If hiking with kids, simply go for as long as you want then turn around.
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