As the temperatures keep dropping, snow is on the horizon for many higher-elevation trails. So go explore all that the Sisters area has to offer before the snow begins to pile up.

Most of the campgrounds are closed for the season across Central Oregon, but there are still plenty of hiking, fishing and cycling opportunities to get after. Whether you’re looking for some great fishing and hiking along the Metolius River or looking to gain some elevation hiking or biking at Peterson Ridge Trail System, the Sisters area has it all.

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Hiking and Day Use Sites

Deschutes National Forest

Black Butte Trailhead: Open; likely patchy snow, clear

Black Crater Trailhead: Open

Buttes Loop Trailhead: Open

Cabot Lake Trailhead: Open

Cinder Beach Day Use: Open; operated by the Suttle Lodge

Head of Jack Creek Trailhead: Open; clear

Head of the Metolius: Open; clear

Jack Lake Trailhead: Open; moderate blowdown on Old Summit past junction with Canyon Creek going toward Wasco

Jefferson Lake: Open

Lake Creek Trail: Open

Lava Camp Lake Trailhead: Open

Lower Black Butte Trailhead: Open

Lower Bridge Day Use: Open

Lower Canyon Creek (West Metolius Trailhead): Open

Metolius-Windigo: Open; patchy snow

Millican Crater Trailhead: Open; clear

Park Meadow: Open

Pole Creek Trailhead: Open; clear; Green Lakes trail logged out except the section between Park Meadow and “the pond” with moderate deadfall. Camp Lake trail is clear, DeMaris has light deadfall

Rockpile Lake: Open; heavy brush

Round Lake Trailhead: Open; clear

Scott Pass Trailhead: Open

Scout Lake Day Use: Open

Sisters Cow Camp: Open

Sisters Mirror Trailhead: Open

Suttle Lake Day Use: Open

Tam McArthur Rim Trailhead: Open; possible patchy snow, Tam Rim Horse trail has light deadfall;

Whychus Creek Overlook Trailhead: Open

Whychus Portal (Lower Whychus Trailhead): Open

Ochoco National Forest

Alder Springs Trailhead: Open

Willamette National Forest — Three Sisters Wilderness Area

Dee Wright Observatory: Open

Foley Ridge: Open

McKenzie River Trail: Partially open; closed from Tamolitch Falls Trailhead to Frissell Boat Launch due to fire activity

Obsidian Trailheads: Open; Central Cascades Wilderness Permit required

Separation Lake Trailhead: Open

Rainbow Falls Trailhead: Open

Tamolitch Blue Pool: Open


Deschutes National Forest

Allen Springs Campground: Open

Camp Sherman Campground: Open

Lava Camp Lake Campground: Open; Central Cascade Wilderness Overnight Permit required

Lower Bridge Campground: Open

Monty Campground: Open; no campfires

Perry South Campground: Open

Pine Rest Campground: Open

Sisters Cow Camp Horse Camp: Open; no campfires


East of Bend trails

Arnold Ice Cave: ridable snow

Coyote Loop: Muddy

All other trails riding well

Phil’s Trail Complex

Some trails are closed weekdays until 3 p.m. Friday, see note.

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Lower Whoops trail and Pine Drops are closed between 310 road and 300 road

Phil’s trail closed between 4601-336 road and 300 road

The Lair: Sandy and loose

Phil’s, Strom King (upper), Phil’s: Muddy

Pinedrops; Winter mix

All other trails riding well

Wanoga Trail Complex

Lone Wolf, Storm King (lower): Winter Mix

All other trails riding well

North of Skyliner trails

All trails riding well

Swampy Lakes trails

Middle Flagline: Muddy

Vista Butte, Met-Win (Flagline to Happy Valley): Rideable snow

All other trails riding well

Cascade Lakes trails

Edison Lava: Deep snow

All other trails riding well

Mt. Bachelor

Bachy West XC: riding well

All other trails closed

Sunriver area trails

Crater Rim, Swan Song: Riding well; deadfall reported

All other trails riding well

Prineville and Ochoco trails

Independent Mine: Rideable snow, deadfall reported

Round Mountain: Muddy

All other trails riding well

Sisters trails

All trails riding well

Maston complex

All trails riding well

Redmond trails

The Saddle: Closed for nesting eagles, likely to reopen late fall of 2021

All trails riding well

Madras East Trails

E-Bikes allowed on all trails

All trails riding well

Waldo Lake Region

New reports needed on Leap of Faith, Maiden Lake

Betty Lake, Bobby Lake, Charlton Lake #3593, Cultus Lake Loop, Gold Lake, Twins: Riding well

Fuji Mountain, South Waldo Lake: Rideable snow

All other trails riding well with deadfall reported

Cascade Crest

Bugaboo Ridge: Rideable snow

Gate Creek, Gordan Peak, Heart Lake, Pyramid Epic Loop, Santiam Wagon, South Pyramid Creek, Swamp Peak: Riding well, deadfall reported

All other trails open and riding well

McKenzie Region

McKenzie River trail closed from Tamolitch Trailhead to Fissell Boat Launch due to Knoll Fire

Clear Lake, King Castle: Riding well

All other trails riding well with deadfall reported


Updated at 9 a.m. Nov. 11

Middle Deschutes (Benham Falls to Lake Billy Chinook): 3,740 cfs; brown trout, rainbow trout; anglers reporting good fishing in the mornings and evenings; artificial flies and lures only, no limit on brown trout

Upper Deschutes at Benham Falls: 410 cfs; rainbow trout, brown trout; fishing closed until May 22

Metolius River: 1,750 cfs; bull trout, rainbow trout; good fishing reported; fly fishing only upstream of Bridge 99, artificial lures and flies permitted below; catch and release only; public access to Wizard Falls Hatchery remains closed

McKenzie River (at Clear Lake): 250 cfs

McKenzie River (near Belknap Springs): 203 cfs; rainbow and coastal cutthroat trout; fire cleanup still being conducted in the area, access may be limited; all nonadipose fin-clipped trout must be released; lures and artificial flies only

Lake Billy Chinook: Bull, brown and rainbow trout, kokanee, smallmouth bass; bass fishing picking up with kokanee and bull trout fishing being fair

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