West Metolius River Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Camp Sherman, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 7.3 miles Elevation Gain: 272 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
5 days ago

Awesome trail; slightly difficult with kids as certain spots can get tricky.

hiking
5 days ago

Without a doubt, one of the most beautiful trails I have ever hiked. The water was turquoise blue and crystal clear. Not heavily trafficked, friendly families & dogs off leash, fly fisherman, kayakers, lizards, birds, waterfalls, too many butterfly varieties to count, great little lunch spots along the river...I could go on and on... I highly recommend this trail and I will definitely be returning! Trail is a bit narrow & right along the edge of the river at times.

hiking
20 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! A fair amount of rock the first mile. Not really a problem other than everything was so beautiful I wasn’t watching the trail, I was looking at everything and stumbled several times. Nice forest path the last half and back along the river. Saw people catching fish, kayaking and camping. Butterflies and moths everywhere. Even saw a snake. Great hike.

hiking
21 days ago

Directions were easy right to the trail head. The trail is amazing! I can't believe I haven't hiked this area before. The first mile or so you are right along the river, then you start to gain a little elevation. There are amazing water holes to let the dogs off leash and take your shoes off. The trail is fairly narrow - so if other people are on the trail, not much room to let someone pass. Can't wait to come back!

hiking
1 month ago

Great day for a hike! Trail is in good shape.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely wonderful trail! The Metolious is so beautiful and so clear! Sat down and had a little lunch at the prettiest spot by the river! No one else was on the trail except for one fly fisherman. It was wonderful!

hiking
2 months ago

Water is an emerald blue. Flat trail that is amenable to running. Quiet. Saw no other people. Limited service in the area so worth having either a map or knowledge of the area, as there are intersecting dirt roads that can make getting out confusing if you are from out of town. Really beautiful, overall.

muddy
3 months ago

i went today with my five and two year olds and it was beautiful. It was a bit muddy though but not enough to prevent success. i thought i would write to mention that the trail is a bit steep and thin in some parts along the river's edge, making it a bit of a safety challenge for younger kids.

4 months ago

last week Very large tree came down very close to us. Make sure you look up and pay attention when its snowy and windy. But beautiful day.

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

beautiful easy hike, dog friendly, river blue as the sky...but high trafficked even for January trail has a stopover at wizard falls before continuing

hiking
7 months ago

trail in good condition, just a couple muddy spots

hiking
7 months ago

Spectacular. Not too muddy. Deserted.

hiking
9 months ago

Good trail easy to follow. A few rocky areas, but easy to traverse. In the first mile or two there were some wet spots, a little muddy, with lots of bees swarming around. They were not aggressive. Fish hatchery is 2.76 miles in, trail is a little hard to follow when you reach the road, but if you stay to the right, you will find it easily. There are bathrooms and water at the fish hatchery.

hiking
9 months ago

8/5/2019 A path following closely to the river with only a few spots that deviate for a short time. The views were amazing specially the first falls called Sugar Falls I believe and the last Wizard Falls at the bridge to the fish hatchery. The path was dirt and mostly easy to transverse. My 8 year old had no problems except for occasional trips on jutting Lava rocks.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful hike up and down the river. Stellar views.

beautiful hike! easy terrain.

hiking
11 months ago

Fun and easy hike along a beautiful river. The fish hatchery was a great place to stop and check out along the way.

hiking
Sat May 25 2019

Nice trail with little to no elevation changes. Can be turned into a loop which’s makes this trip about 6 miles. Wonderful enjoyable hike.

hiking
Sun Apr 28 2019

Beautiful, easy trek down the Metolius River. Wonderful views and great weather!

hiking
Tue Mar 26 2019

Awesome trial along river. Seven miles in and seven miles out.

Thu Oct 11 2018

Very peaceful hike. We started at the fish hatchery and hiked about 3 miles down river , crossed over a bridge and hiked another 3 miles on the other side of the river. Beautiful scenery but there is no waterfall on this hike. We saw a trickle of water coming out of the side of the river but not what we would a waterfall. Still a pretty hike though.

hiking
Tue Jul 17 2018

Wow great trail. My family and I walked 2.5 miles to the fish hatchery then turned around and walked back. It was perfect. The river, the views, just a great walk in the woods. Good for kids and dogs.

walking
Wed Jun 27 2018

A bit busy but very nice

hiking
Sun Jun 24 2018

Beautiful, rewarding re-introduction to hiking after being away from it for many years. We had a party of 4 and needed to minimize the distance because of recent injuries, so 2 of us were dropped off to start the trail at Wizard Falls Hatchery while the other 2 drove around to Lower Canyon Campground and started from that end. This allowed us to cut the distance in half, while still enjoying the beautiful scenery. The views were absolutely stunning, and we enjoyed the myriads of butterfiles that we encountered along the way. I'm new to the Metolius river area, but am excited to return.

hiking
Wed Jun 20 2018

June 19- wildflowers are in full bloom and an endless stream of butterflies flutter by along the river, no mosquitos or ticks atm. The large population of bats skimming the surface of the water at night makes for quite a spectacle. Ran into the rarely seen Rubber Boa near Wizard Falls fish hatchery on a night hike

hiking
Wed Jun 06 2018

This was a perfect trail for me, my hubby & two kids (age 6 & 13) as a beginner to the season. 5 miles round trip from from the campground to Wizard Falls, filled up on water and had lunch and then hiked back. The trail follows the river fairly close in the beginning and then goes up above for some spectacular views down onto the little gorge. the trail is clear and well maintained, lots of traffic but everyone was courteous. Only complaint is people not leashing their dogs when others are around. would be easy to knock over a kid into the water in some spots. Regardless, can't wait to do another segment of this trail or backpack the entire loop. Lots of wildflowers & a beautiful waterfall that comes out of the side of the cliff. Bring your Nikon :) Ive hiked from Wizard Falls to Lower Bridge Campground on the west side before... The Metolius is my most absolute favorite river in Central Oregon and this trail is part of the reason why. Gorgeous water, breathtaking views & wildlife.

Tue May 29 2018

Easy for all ages & abilities. Gorgeous.. narrow at times though so please leash your dogs.

Tue Oct 17 2017

Beautiful fall color!

hiking
Sun Oct 15 2017

Beautiful fall hike. The fall foliage is an amazing contrast to the clear blue waters of the river, especially with the rapids and falls. My pups loved the hike too. Right now (10/14) there’s a pine that’s fallen and splintered over the trail that’s hard for small dogs to climb over so I had to turn back early, but still seems fine for humans.

Tue Oct 10 2017

Beautiful easy hike.Follows the river the whole way. Easy to see trout and Salmon in the river. The Hatchery is a lot of fun. I went in October and the leaves were very colorful.

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