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
800 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

waterfall

hiking
8 days ago

Quarry to Peterson Ridge Tie Trail to Whychus Creek Overlook. Back on Whychus Draw Trail to Metolious Windigo Trail and back to trail. This mileage x2 due to technical difficulty. No bikes, no horses, very few other hikers. Beautiful. The best scenery was on the Metolious Windigo side of this loop.

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21 days ago

Beautiful mellow hike. Lots of creek/falls viewpoints. A few steep rocky parts, but they were short.

hiking
29 days ago

What a great trail! Off the beaten path which I loved. The trail loops around and leads down to Wychus Creek which is spectacular! One helpful note... to stay on the trail that leads down to creek there is a sharp right turn about 1/8 mile before the sign for Wychus Creek. It’s not obvious but it’s marked for horses as well. Thankfully another hiker told us about it.

2 months ago

Pick the whole thing or a section. It’s all great. Evenings are my favorite

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is not worth it unless you go to the bottom of the falls and the trail to get down there is sketchy, but the waterfall is beautiful. The view of the waterfall at the end of the regular trail is not really a good one.

2 months ago

Lovely waterfall - must walk down at trails end to be at the bottom of the falls. Beautiful

3 months ago

First several miles were through burned out forest the upper Chush Falls made it worth the hike.

3 months ago

Beautiful hike. Easy trail not too much of a climb. No issues find the trail head. Incredible waterfall view if you climb down the hill.

hiking
3 months ago

Read the reviews about the directions. Other than that the hike was beautiful!!! Wasn’t too busy on a Saturday around noon. Though i would suggest bringing or applying bug spray prior.

hiking
4 months ago

Waterfall is amazing! To get a really good view it does require going down a trail that requires you to use both feet and both hands but it is worth it if you can do it. A nice hike on a well maintained trail with some good mountain view’s. As others have pointed out, the google maps navigation will send you on the wrong path. Once you turn on to the gravel road from the main paved road, just stay on it for quite a while. It’s a nice well maintained gravel road. Take the left just before the one lane bridge. If you cross the bridge you’ve gone too far. Once you take a left head up to the left, not lower to the right. You will get to the trail head soon.

4 months ago

love love love this hike!! so many options. Walking by the river and seeing the waterfalls was beautiful.

hiking
4 months ago

Never did find the trail. Ended up on a terrible road we had to stop halfway up. Better directions are needed! Did find a hill to picnic on and see the mountains!

4 months ago

great hike. got to see many deer. falls was amazing. directions suck. So map it out.. worth every second.. views are great.

hiking
5 months ago

Google maps wasn’t the greatest getting to the trailhead. If you stay on the main dirt road you will get there eventually. The trail is mostly through an area of burned trees in various stages of regrowth. Like others have said the waterfall is hard to see from the viewpoint through the trees. The 60ft decline is a scramble but well worth it. Possibly one of the prettiest waterfalls in Central Oregon. There is a sign at the waterfall that says the trail ends but you can continue past for another bit.

I believe this hike is also known as Chush Falls Trail. It’s stunning and not too difficult. Couldn’t see the falls that well, but the views of the mountains are amazing. We had a bit of a challenge finding it and parked far away from the trail head. We noticed an area on the way to the trail head where you could park a couple lawn chairs and enjoy a picnic next to the river.

6 months ago

Awesome!! Get their early. It is a busy trail, at least Mother’s Day Sunday it was. Our family with a 7 and 5 year old did great. You can get down to the water but it is a little steep. Pack a lunch and enjoy.

6 months ago

Great Hike.
don't Get Lost with All Trails maps, They Send me To A Different Route..

hiking
6 months ago

Fun hike and challenging with kids with a few peaks and valleys. There were a lot of trees down in the path and it didnt look like it had recently been maintained but we were also early in the season. The view of the falls isnt very good at the top. There is a trail leading to the bottom which may be clearer but it was very steep and not kid friendly. I would go again later in the year.

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike but there were some pretty icy spots. The view of the falls is not what I was expecting but I’d do it again.

9 months ago

Absolutely stunning! Not a great view of the falls though.

hiking
Monday, November 06, 2017

We went for a walk in the woods and ended up in a winter wonderland. Seeing the falls surrounded by snow is something to behold!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

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
Saturday, July 22, 2017

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.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
Thursday, July 20, 2017

Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

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!

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Great hike, super easy!

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

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.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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.

Friday, May 12, 2017

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

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