West Metolius River Trail

EASY 131 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.

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

dog friendly

kid friendly




nature trips


bird watching






wild flowers


15 days 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

3 months ago

trail in good condition, just a couple muddy spots

3 months ago

Spectacular. Not too muddy. Deserted.

4 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.

5 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.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike up and down the river. Stellar views.

beautiful hike! easy terrain.

7 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.

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

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

9 months ago

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.

Thu Aug 16 2018

We started at the fish hatchery and walked towards the trailhead and back again. Total of 5 miles. It was amazing!

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.

Wed Jun 27 2018

A bit busy but very nice

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.

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

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!

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.

Tue Jul 25 2017

Mon Jul 10 2017

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!

Mon Jul 10 2017

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

Sun Jun 25 2017

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.

Wed Jun 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. Enjoy!

Sun Apr 09 2017

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

Sun Mar 05 2017

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

Sun Nov 20 2016

Decent hike. Some nice views on the way.

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