Whychus Creek Falls Trail

EASY 31 reviews
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Whychus Creek Falls Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sisters, Oregon that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
836 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

hiking
13 days ago

15 days ago

27 days ago

One of the most beautiful waterfalls I've ever seen. So worth the hike. The mist off the falls on a hot day. It just don't get any better than that.

hiking
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was amazing and fairly easy to hike! Although the drive out is fairly smooth until the end, you will likely want to take a car that is capable of handling rough rocky roads. The trail itself is moderately wide and hard packed dirt, even crossing through bits of the stream from time to time. The hike to the falls consists of primarily flat ground, however does hit some considerable uphill chunks. The path is surrounded by gorgeous manzanita bushes accompanied by breathtaking purple flowers. Overall a very scenic hike with an incredibly rewarding destination.

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely beautiful!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was great--mostly exposed through a burn area, but some shaded spots in between. We really liked the swampy area you pass by around the 2 mile mark--clearest still-water I've ever seen. It was kind of creepy AND pretty at the same time. You have to hike down to get a better view of the falls, which I did, but my 60 yo mother opted out on--she's a smart cookie. Fun stuff!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike, super easy!

2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy morning hike with a very nice gift at the end! You won't be disappointed. The real payoff at the end is if you venture down the cliff, and over to the face of the falls. Also, bring sunscreen because there's very little cover to keep the sun off of you there and back.

2 months ago

this hike is very pleasant. has several nice views along the way. it has several inclines that are well-spaced and just steep enough to feel like you are working but not bring out too much pain in my legs that are dont get inclines on my daily walk.

all trees have been cleared and there is no brush on the path at all.

3 months ago

3 months ago

This trail was an absolute gem and definitely earned this 5 star rating. But a few notes:

-When arriving at the view point (marked by a sign stating "trail end") there are several trees blocking the view of the falls. To get a clear glimpse and a decent photo opp., you need to climb down to the creek at the base of the Falls. There is a bit of a makeshift trail on the right, but it is all vertical. It is doable, but caution is strongly suggested.
-At 1.7 miles on the trail, there is a swift running brook. The only way to gain access to the other side is too cross a single log being employed as a makeshift bridge. Trust your balance. If you don't, highly suggested you turn around.
-About .4 miles pass the brook, there are several fallen trees blocking the trail. The only access through the trail, pass these fallen trees, is to "army crawl" (AKA belly crawl) underneath them.
-The area is ripe with burned trees as a result of the wildfire. There is very little wildlife present on the first 2 miles. Once you pass the marsh, you'll hear/see frogs, birds and chipmunks.
-When driving to the trail, once you are on one of the NF roads, the GPS will prompt you to turn left on dirt roads (was using Google Maps). Do not listen. Continue straight on gravel road, until you reach the one lane bridge. At that road, turn left. Furthermore, it would be prudent to take a paper map with you for your return trip. No signal for gps at Trailhead.

Pay off is totally worth it once you hit the Falls. Breathtaking.

-J. Dalton Williams

hiking
6 months ago

9 months ago

Beautiful hike! The burnt forest and a special spookiness to it.