West Metolius River Trail

EASY 48 reviews

West Metolius River Trail is a 7.3 mile moderately 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.

7.3 miles
272 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly





nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


old growth

12 days ago

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.

20 days ago

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

8 months ago

Beautiful fall color!

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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.

10 months ago

11 months ago

My favorite trail yet! Perfect if you want a long walk, with minimal elevation. I would say the trail is 75% covered/shaded but still got some sunburn on my shoulders, definitely use sunscreen if your skin is sensitive. the river refreshes you with small pockets of cool mists along the way. Very dog friendly trail but definitely advise you to bring lots of water for you and your pet when the temperatures are high. Plenty of spots at the beginning and along the way that you could stop, sit, maybe have some lunch and enjoy the river views and ambiance. Not tables, but plenty of big logs or rocks to sit on. Enjoy! Truly enjoyable! I will be back for sure!!

Oh, and don't forget to feed the fish at the hatchery! So much fun!

11 months ago

Mind blown, a river that just blasts out a side of a volcano! Bring quarters so you can feed the fish at the hatchery.

11 months ago

Easy, beautiful hike and a great escape from the valley heat in on the on the warmest day of the year. Watch your step, plenty of rocks sticking out of the ground. About 3 miles to the fish hatchery.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I am partial to this walk as my history with Camp Sherman and the Metolius River goes back to my great grandfather who was one of the original Sherman County farmers to camp and fish here. 5 stars for beautiful scenery and for serenity. We often take beautiful places like this for granted so slow down and breath this hike in and exhale all the stuff of life away.

The trail is well maintained and will not disappoint, but keep in mind this is a hike for the soul and not necessarily for the challenge ( easy hike) The wild flowers bloom early June and many songbirds zip about. Occasionally you will see Merganzer ducks swimming the river, or see an eagle pass overhead. The ponderosa pines give off the most heavenly scent in the warm sun. The river narrows and expands along the way and also note that the river is a spring coming from the cascades (visit the headwaters). You will be treated to the sound of Quaking aspens along the way and be sure to look for the tiny blue butterflies (about as big as a button) in the meadows early summer.

I also love this trek in the fall and early morning jaunts won't disappoint.


Sunday, April 09, 2017

Easy 6 mile trail that meanders from River to forest. Great for fishing.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

One of my favorite places to visit in Oregon. I love the entire area.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Decent hike. Some nice views on the way.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Best hiked with a fly rod.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Fun quick hike, scenic along the river with lots of native flowers blooming

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

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.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Pretty hike. Not challenging but it was beautiful

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

It is a terrific hike and spectacular scenery along the river! Beautiful!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Beautiful and easy

Thursday, March 24, 2016


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Awesome! Go on a sunny day with your dog and you will not regret it!

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Love this! Many beautiful river spots to stop and enjoy the natural beauty.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

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.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Easy to moderate trail depending on your experience. The Metolius River is very pretty and there are lots of little places to stop and appreciate it. Fish hatchery is also interesting and worth checking out .

Thursday, July 10, 2014

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.

Sunday, September 01, 2013

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.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Beautiful,easy hike. Fish hatchery is lots of fun especially with kids. Camping and cabins nearby.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Beautiful River's Edge Trail; great fishing; Hikes to & from campsites, Fish Hatchery along the trail was an awesome detour too!

30 days ago

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