Guided Hike

Metolius River Hike

June 28, 2024

Hike along the famous clear waters of the Metolius River from Wizard Falls hatchery to Canyon Creek campground.

Kayaker on the Metolius River by Leon Werdinger

Difficulty: Moderate
Distance: 5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 150 feet
Leader: Sami Godlove (Oregon Wild’s Central Oregon Field Associate) 
Location: Deschutes National Forest, Camp Sherman

The Metolius River is well known for its spectacularly clear, cold, and vibrant blue waters and its blue-ribbon fly fishing opportunities. Passing through ancient ponderosa pine forests and wildflower meadows, this out-and-back trail parallels the river and passes tributaries of the Metolius that are proposed to be protected in the River Democracy Act. The turnaround point is Canyon Creek Campground where the snowmelt-fed Canyon Creek–one of the tributaries proposed for protection–meets the Metolius.

The goal of Oregon Wild’s outdoor program is to connect our supporters to the places we work to protect and conserve. Our guided hikes and outings are led by staff members with experience in our conservation campaigns, knowledge about the natural world, and a passion for Oregon’s wild places and wildlife. Our programs offer an educational experience and a connection to advocacy for the places we visit. We strive to make our outdoor programs inviting and safe for everyone.

Your hike leader will get you additional information with specifics about a meeting time and location, difficulty level, and any other details about your hike after you register.

Ticket & Guest Information

  • Only one registration is allowed per person. To sign up other members of your party or a minor, please complete another registration.
    • Please note: Some people have trouble completing the registration using a cell phone. Please use a computer to register if possible. You will know your registration went through if you get a confirmation email.
  • Details such as exact times, meeting locations, and carpool possibilities will be sent after registration. 
  • Oregon Wild does not allow dogs (unless a certified service animal), intoxicants, or firearms on guided hikes.
  • Kids are welcome on Oregon Wild hikes, so long as they are accompanied by an adult. 

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