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Metolius-Windigo Trail - No. 99

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Deschutes National Forest
1230 NE 3rd St.
Suite A-262
Bend, OR 97701

Phone:
541-383-4000
Basics
Length:
120 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
Multi-Day
Trailhead Elevation:
4600 feet
Elevation Range:
4600 feet to 6900 feet
Elevation Change:
2300 feet
Season:
June to Nov

Description

This over 100-mile trail begins near the Metolius River headwaters west of Sisters and runs south to Windigo Pass near Crescent Lake. The trail was created around 1980 by linking sections of existing trails, primarily to serve long-distance horse riders seeking an alternative to the Pacific Crest Trail No. 2000 (PCT). Because of its lower elevation, this trail is snow-free longer and has fewer mosquitoes than the higher elevation PCT. The trail passes through a wide variety of scenic terrain and forest types. Because the Metolius-Windigo trail is made up of segments of various trails, all junctions are marked on either side with yellow diamonds.

Small portions of the trail passing through the Three Sisters and Diamond Peak Wildernesses require wilderness permits which are available at trailheads. These Wilderness Permits are required for both day-use and overnight travel in the Wilderness from Memorial Day Weekend until Oct. 31. Wilderness portions of this trail near Lucky Lake, Corral Swamp, Many Lakes, and elsewhere are closed to mountain bikes.

Details

Length:
120 miles
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Time:
Multi-Day
Trailhead Elevation:
4600
Elevation Range:
4600 feet to 6900
Elevation Change:
2300
Season:
June to Nov

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

This long-distance horse trail can be accessed from many different trailheads on the Bend/Ft. Rock, Sisters, and Crescent Ranger Districts. The Bend Ranger District section of the trail is best accessed from (north to south): Todd Creek, Lucky Lake, Corral Swamp, and Round Meadow Trailheads. All are along or just off Century Drive, beginning with Todd Creek Horse Camp, 24 miles west of Bend.


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