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Hike the Whychus Creek Overlook Trail

Whychus Creek Overlook

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Distance: 0.9 miles

Elevation Gain: 65 feet.

The Whychus Creek Overlook Trail is an easy loop just outside of Sisters than combines a nice walk in the woods with some expansive views of the Central Oregon Cascades. If you are hanging around Sisters and looking for a quick outdoor experience, this one won’t disappoint.

The trail begins from the Whychus Creek Scenic Overlook Trailhead just off of Three Creek Road. The trail heads out of the west end of the parking area towards the toilet, where it immediately forks. The quickest way to the overlook is to head left, but this is a short trail, so you should go right. If you do go left, you will have to return the same was as the right fork is one-way only and you won't be going the right way.

The right fork will slowly meander through the forest as it makes its way to the rim of the Whychus Creek Canyon. You will pass by a couple interesting rock formations and before you know it, you will come to a nice bench looking out of sweeping views of Mt Jefferson, Black Butte, and other nearby peaks. But don’t stop, this isn’t the viewpoint yet.

Keep strolling and you will pass by another bench with a similar view and then the trail will fork once more. Off to your right here, you will notice a beautiful rock platform perched on the edge of the cliffs. Heading out to this spot will reward you with breathtaking views of the Three Sisters and Broken Top. So just chill for a minute and soak in the vistas.

Once you are ready to head back, continue along the loop by heading right. You will quickly encounter one more fork. The Cougar Draw trail heads to the right here and works down to the Whychus Creek Trail in about 0.4 miles. If you have a little more spunk in your step, heading downstream once reaching the creek will take to you Logjam Falls in just about a quarter of a mile. You could also head upstream and stroll along the creek as it rushes through narrow channels of basalt. Or you can skip it all together and continue back through the trees to your car. You are your own person. No pressure.


To reach the Whychus Creek Scenic Overlook Trailhead, head south on Elm Street off of Highway 20 in Sisters. Continue for 5.3 miles and the trailhead will be on your right. Damn, that was easy.

Things to Know

Passes: None.

Dogs: Allowed and must be on leash or under voice command at all times.

Usage: Moderate

Open Season: The area is accessible all year round, but may have snow or mud in the winter.

Flowers: May and June are typically the best months to see some flowers.

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