Metolius River

Metolius River

Easy (to Wizard Falls fish hatchery)
5.4 miles round trip
100 feet elevation gain
Open except in winter storms

Left: Metolius River
Below: Wizard Falls Hatchery sign
At bottom: Metolius River just upstream from the hatchery

The Metolius, most magical of all Oregon rivers, emerges fully grown at 50,000 gallons a minute from the arid base of Black Butte. Sample the river’s wizardry with this easy hike along a section of the oasis-like riverbank. The trail passes sudden springs, reveals colorful bird life, and leads to a wonderfully visitable fish hatchery.

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This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.

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