We thought we would be able to bike this trail since it has "mountain biking" listed in activities to do on this trail. The trailhead sign says ONLY HIKING ALLOWED. No horses, motor vehicles or bikes. The hike is probably great based on other reviews but we were looking to bike.
Nick G. on West Metolius River Trail
Awesome! Go on a sunny day with your dog and you will not regret it!
Love this! Many beautiful river spots to stop and enjoy the natural beauty.
The western end of this trail goes past several nice lakes to camp at, in particular Jorn Lake. Unfortunately, a majority of the trail is bone dry and covered in blowdown. This is the result of the B&B Complex fire raging through here. The trail has recovered little over the years.
Remember to fill your water before crossing the section between Minto Pass Trail and Little Bowerman Lake!
This hike is fantastic and not to crowded at all which is a big plus. You are beside the water for basically the whole hike and it is shaded with breaks of some good sunshine. The water was so clear and blue it was amazing and it was easy enough for all ages although some of the trail did get thin so I wouldn't recommend for trackchairs. Also 2 1/2 miles into the trail there is the hatchery that is great for all ages and has food you can give them for 25 cents.
Tons of wild flowers & butterflies lined this pristine watershed, making this easy river trail a real treat. We camped right on the river & enjoyed the benefit of hiking in either direction of camp. Great way to get to know the area. We saw a ton of eagles, hawks, & at night bats swooped over the water to get early evening insects. We will definitely return.
This is a trail that goes along the Metolius River past several campgrounds. Good news: unless the campers are chilling by the river, you won't see many people there. Campsites are at least a 100 feet inland but there might be people on the other side of the river, hanging out on the porches in the cabin developments on the other side. This is not a deep wilderness trail but a lot of natural fish habitat areas are being restored and the river banks were being restored when I hiked it. The trail ends at Camp Sherman, a great place to get ice, water, snacks or an extra sweater and a postcard. I had to carry a bag of ice back to the campground (one of those you pass as you turn towards Camp Sherman from Highway 22, and that was a fun walk with some cargo. Neither rocky nor beachy - you may cross a couple bridges depending on the paths you take and sneak a peak at snow peak of Mt Jefferson if you go in late June. Easier than a nearby Black Butte trail, I would give it an "Easy" rating.