Metolius-Windigo Trail Horseback Riding

The 4th most popular equestrian trail in Oregon.

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Northwest of Bend and Sisters in the Deschutes National Forest, the Metolius-Windigo Trail is a 120 mile horseback riding trail 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 (#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.

NOTE: 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.

ACCESS: 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.

Overall, Metolius-Windigo Trail is the 4th most popular horse trail of all 5 horseback rides in Oregon.

Metolius-Windigo Trail Horseback Riding Map



Local Contact(s):  DNF (541) 388-5664; Bend Visitors (541) 382-3221; Oregon Tourism (800) 547-7842.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Sisters City Park Campground

Luxury Loding:  Five Pines Lodge, Sisters

Breakfast Restaurant:  Seasons Cafe or Ski Inn Cafe in Sisters

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  1/1/2016

Date Updated:  7/22/2016

ID:  19331

Metolius-Windigo Trail Horseback Riding Map


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