Whychus Creek Falls Trail

EASY 49 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
800 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

waterfall

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.

13 days 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.

23 days ago

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

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28 days 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.

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3 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.

3 months ago

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

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6 months ago

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!

10 months 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.

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10 months 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.

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10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

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10 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

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10 months 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!

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11 months ago

Great hike, super easy!

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11 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.

11 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.

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

Sunday, October 23, 2016

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

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

An easy day hike, about 4 miles round trip out and back. Getting to the actual trailhead is a bit rough on the forest service roads but is well worth it! The new trailhead is surrounded by boulders, so park there. You then head down a small hill on the trail, near the river. As you walk along the creek, you are surrounded by bare trees that were destroyed in the pole creek fire. The trail is relatively easy, with only a few inclines but nothing major. When you near the falls, you cant miss the sound of the rushing water! Great views from above the falls.

Monday, July 04, 2016

Dusty and not much trees from forest fire. Will be sunny and hot.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Trees where blocking the road so we weren't able to make it to the trail. Really bummed.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2016

I tried to reach the trail head in a saloon car. when I reached the off road section the center hump of road keeps hitting my car chassis. So I turned back. need a truck with high chassis to be safe. I hope to try again.

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Friday, January 02, 2015

Be prepared for a miserable drive on a rough, jagged 2.5 mile road off the main road west of Sisters. Should not be attempted in a small vehicle. Once you get your offroading fix in and make it to the trailhead, the hike down to the base is short and the view really isn't that great--but read up on the hike before leaving so you know how and where to scramble to get to the real views, which make the experience slightly more worthwhile. I can name quite a few waterfall hikes I prefer, with a much less stressful drive to get there.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Absolutely beautiful! Really easy hike to get to the base of the falls. You can scramble up the rocks on the left side of the falls and go to the top where you have incredible views all around and complete solitude as there is no trail so there is never anyone up there.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

The road and trail are good to the first of the three water falls. To the next two falls the trail dose disappears now and again keep the creek close you should have no trouble finding your way. The best is the last. It was a great hike with friends

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Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Trail disappears here and there. You have to be adventurous to get to the best spots to see the three falls, which are fairly close together. Awesome hike

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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Very odd hike and drive, mostly drive.
No actual trailhead found no phone service so no iPhone gps. But found the falls.
Nice little creek with falls visible from atop if the ravine. No good photo spot.

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