Hike Distance: 7.3 miles Yearly Hike Distance: 729.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 452 feet Yearly Elevation Gain: 68664 feet
We’ve never been to the Metolius River before but had heard great things about it, and we weren’t disappointed. There are many access points to the trail system, and we chose a parking area near the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery.
We had thought, from the maps, that the trail system was only on one side of the river. However, this is completely wrong as we found out. There are actually trails on both the east and west sides of the Metolius River.
We started out hiking on the east side of the river until we reached Abbott Butte Road. We then took the auto bridge to the west side trail and then returned to the Wizard Fish Hatchery. We did this small loop but we could have gone about another two miles south to the Sherman campground, which would have added another 4-5 miles to our hike.
The Metolius River is a pristine opal colored river that originates from Black Butte. The river is a fly fishing heaven and we saw many people trying their best to catch some fish. The trail had some hikers on it but we had plenty of stretches without people. That said, there are a multitude of campgrounds along the trail and I suspect this area is crowded in the summer. We definitely recommend this hike!
This was our last vacation day, but it was filled with visits to amazing places. We’ll have to get back to these places soon. I should also mention that we visited the Mt. Bachelor area to assess the snow level and found the Cascade Scenic byway gate was still closed. I included some pictures of the beautiful scenery in this area. 🙂