Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Perfect time of year for wildflowers and there were butterflies all over. There are still patches of snow heading from Carl Lake to the PCT, but very passable. The nights were cool, but it was pleasantly warm during the day, the mosquitoes were just starting to swarm.

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

hiking
1 month ago

What an amazing hike! Everything is so green and the wildflowers are blooming. The waterfall to the right of Carl Lake was the perfect spot for lunch. There were at least 4 lakes we passed. Don’t listen to google maps as it took us a random way. Head to Jack Creek and go out that way (vs. Camp Sherman Road). Mosquitos were out but not too bad. The first (and then last) part of the trail is in full on sun so be prepared.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

If you're thinking of going to Carl Lake, do it! We went in mid-June midweek and only saw three people (on our hike out). The lake was gorgeous, very few mosquitoes (mid-June), and there was a little wind in the evening. There is also a small waterfall at Carl Lake if you continue to your right! The weather was fantastic and the hike's incline was moderate and gradual. The burn area was gorgeous in its own way, but (as other reviewers have pointed out) there is little shade for about 1.5 miles and the sand would be very hot on a dog's bare paws. Because there is such a distinct change of scenery and four lakes/ponds to stop at along the way, I think this could be a great introductory backpacking trip for active children or adults new to backpacking. It's very rewarding!

hiking
2 months ago

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

Made it to Carl Lake on the 26th of May, last 2 miles is all over snow, most pond/lakes frozen over. Carl Lake reminded me of going thru the wardrobe into Narnia.

Cabot lake was nice tho!!

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

hiking
2 months ago

The lake is really beautiful but PLEASE be careful bringing your dog here. Our poor guy really burned his feet up in the beginning part which had a forest fire and is really exposed sand. We got booties for him after this hike and will never make that mistake 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

Fairly easy hike to Cabot Lake. There was snow here in early May. Side trail to lake may be hard to find. Look for a rock cairn that folks have placed on the left side of the trail- turn right at the cairn. The lake shore is a bit overgrown but who cares? It’s an easy reward for a short hike! It is exposed at the beginning as it winds thru a burn and I can believe it would be very hot in the summer.

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!

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