Explore the most popular birding trails near Camp Sherman with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike. If you want to swim at Wasco lake take some water shoes. The ground is very gruesome between your toes. The drive to the trail head nearly requires an all wheel vehicle. But once youre on the trail its worth the journey.

ass-kicker. great hike

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.

hiking
1 month ago

The Butte is a landmark and sits centrally to many of the Cascade peaks from South Sister and Broken Top to Mt. Adams in Washington. This morning I got to the trail at 4:00 AM so that I was the only one on the trail and the peak where I lingered through sunrise. The wild flowers were in abundance (Washington Lilly’s, lupin, red columbine, Queen Anne lace, etc...) and being the only one I was able to take my time and enjoy the views, sounds, smells, and flowers.

I rated this as four stars as during the normal day the trail is heavily used, dusty, and exposed. Morning / Evening is best. The views are great at the top and it is accessible for children and adults of all ages.

hiking
1 month ago

On this clear Friday the 13th, the air was clear making the vistas breathtaking.

Pretty tough hike, but you can fly down in the return. amazing views at the top. Fairly exposed for the top two miles so wear sunscreen. Bring at least two water bottles and some sort of food. No snow now. saw only two other hikers on the bottom section.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous panoramic view of Central Oregon from the peak. During June-July there are lots of wildflowers along the trail. Go early in the morning so you can be treated by butterfly migrations as it warms up.

The chipmunks at the peak are very friendly. Get lots of pictures of them but please don't feed them!

Great hike if you want to see all of the area mountain tops. We even saw Mt. Hood. A bit rough getting there so small cars may have trouble.

Relentless uphill on the way up, beautiful views well worth it at the top. If you bring a dog be sure to bring water along as there is none along the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

June 2018: My husband and I did this hike for our anniversary. We are *not* avid hikers at all, but this hike has us looking forward to finding our next one! Getting to the parking area was a bit slow for us in our non-4x4 vehicle, but we went super slow and it worked out. The Hike:Upper Trailhead → Be ready for a steady incline the whole way up, and a last steeper push to the top that's totally worth it! Take lots of water and sunscreen, and bring a lunch or snack to have when you get to the top! The chipmunks will come right up and see what you have to eat. :)

walking
1 month ago

A bit busy but very nice

Capped off the last evening of our stay on the Metolius with this hike after having hiked the West Metolius River Trail a little further north earlier in the day. The former was definitely more spectacular, but this was a nice, quiet walk. Some of it deviates from the river a small bit and you're walking through a lot of high grass, but I found it a relaxing way to wind down and soak up the beauty of the area before returning home.

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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

Great views, wildflowers in full bloom as of June 19. Cascade Lilies flank the base of the Butte. Lookout is not open to public. Hit this hike early morning as upper portion is quite exposed.. If you are starting at the lower trailhead consider parking along Camp Sherman Road rather than in parking area off road 14, it lines right up with the trail and will save you a half mile or more of trail x2 as you walk around the base of the Butte.

great little walk for kids and adults alike.
pretty populated but I understand why. nice parking lot and the path is paved.
there are hundreds of cute chipmunks residing on the path that are incredibly friendly and clearly used to being fed.

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect hike for when you are in the area. Family and dog friendly and amazing views every time I go.

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.

hiking
2 months ago

Worth the 2300’ climb for the panoramic views. Great place to eat a snack and enjoy a view of the mountain peaks and plan your next hike. Could use an ice cream shop at the top to motivate hikers

on Alder Springs Trail

2 months ago

Great hike, bad access road. Will do it again

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

Great hike with amazing views of major Cascade Range mountains: Broken Top, 2 of the Three Sisters, Mt. Washington, Three Finger Jack, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood, and even Mt. Adams.

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty intense hike up. Not a whole lot of flat level hiking, mostly either up or down. The first part of the trail is forested and breaking views of Mt Washington and Three Fingered Jack. The second part of the trail is fairly rocky and dirt with great views of Brokentop and 2 of the 3 Sister mountains. The last bit of the trail was pretty rocky and rough, but the views from the top are absolutely stunning! Well worth it!

hiking
3 months ago

The way up is a steep incline. Your quad day will be complete after this hike. Beautiful views at the top of surrounding mountains . Well worth it. Coming down is a piece of cake.

hiking
3 months ago

This was an awesome hike, was snow still at the very top what an amazing view off all the mountains.

Just a little snow at the top! Great hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Ignore my stars.. I just wanted to give an update on the road conditions. We tried getting to the trail head yesterday and found quite a bit of snow still on the road heading to the trailhead. We were traveling in a 4WD crossover, which did fine, but the snow progressively increased and the road narrows with 3 miles still to go. We decided to turn back in case it became too deep and we didn’t have the ability to turn around down the road. It would be passable with snow tires or maybe a little bit bigger car. In reality our car would have probably done fine but it made me a little nervous. We will definitely be back to do this hike in the future!

I hiked this trail on an early February day. The very low snowfalls up to that point made is such that all but the last quarter mile was clear and dry, allowing a climb without any special gear.
The parking lot, just off SW Sherman Camp road, appears to be enough to accommodate the low traffic this trail gets (compared to the upper trailhead). There are no facilities at the trailhead (there are restrooms, however, at the UPPER trailhead).
The first .8 miles are essentially flat, roughly paralleling the road and heading in a southwesterly direction. There are a few intersecting trails/roads but the signs poster on wooded posts made it easy to continue on trail #4026. At a couple spots, the destination of the hike can be seen through openings in the trees.
The second portion of the hike starts at the .8 miles mark where the trail veers into a southeasterly direction and starts to ascend around the slope of Black Butte. This section is an uninterrupted 2.5 miles climb at a sustained but manageable grade. The trail intersects 3 forest roads on its way to the Upper Trailhead: Lower Butte Loops Trail 4093, Upper Butte Loops Trail, NFDR 1110-500. At each intersection, wooden sign posts in sight of each other easily identifies the spot where trail #4026 continues. The upper trailhead is a good spot (at about 3.25 miles in the hike) to take a short break, snack at the picnic table or use the restrooms. From there, it is another sustained climb to the summit.
The last two miles start the way the first 3+ have gone: healthy climb on a well maintained trail that get a bit more rocky in some spots. After the first (and only) switchback, the trails heads in a more easterly direction a few hundred feet below the summit. On this cold February day, frost covered all vegetation .5 miles before the top and the trail itself turned to pack snow and ice .25 miles before, as it rounded the southeast side of the butte. It took me probably a good 30/40 minutes to negotiate that stretch of the trail.
Once at the top, and an a fairly clear day, the views open 360 degrees with Broken Top, the 3 Sisters, Belknap Crater, Three Fingers Jack and Mt Jefferson dramatically displayed. Further north, Mt Hood was easily spotted and, with a minimum of effort, Mt Adams at the horizon across the Columbia river. A VERY nice spot to discover many of the Cascades peaks. The summit, fairly roomy and elongated, with so many views to take in, is clearly a good place to spend time and have a quick meal. The cupola and the fire lookout tower also make for fairly interesting photo opportunities.
If hiking this trail during the warmer month, it is likely a good idea to bring plenty of water and use sunscreen for the last mile of the climb.
I gave 5 stars to this trail first because of the views from the top but then also because of the well cut and well maintained trail itself. The first three mile, before reaching the upper trailhead, are very quiet (I did not see anyone either going up or coming down). The last 2 miles, past the upper trailhead were rather crowded; this also appears to be a favorite for dog owners. The workout the trail offers (3400 ft elevation gain is about 4 miles) also makes it a good destination for weekend (or daily) warriors.
Highly recommended.

hiking
6 months ago

Hiked 2/4. Road up to the trailhead and trail in good shape. Last 1/4 mile a bit dicey with snow. It was doable in boots for sure, but would have felt a bit better in yak tracks.

hiking
6 months ago

Pretty spicy little moderate hike. Fantastic views. Little bit of snow on the top. Not enough to warrant snowshoes or spikes. Wind shifts up top and temps plummet. Layer accordingly.

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