Metolius-Windigo » Lava Lake Trail

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Trail Snapshot

Report (Date)
Length
10.8 miles
Elevation
2279'
Rating
Forecast
Trail bed is covered deep snow. Snow is unpacked and not rideable.

Trail Reports

  • Jack Reynolds August 16, 2016 at 5:16 pmWe started with the Sparks Lake Trail to connect to Metolius-Windigo and ran into a lot of blow down on that section. Then we made the mistake of riding Appaloosa/Katsuk/Quinn to reconnect back with Metolius-Windigo ... the horse traffic has completely ruined that section of trail. Like everything else in Central Oregon, that trail is being loved to death. After reconnecting to Metolius-Windigo, the trail was in great shape all the way to Lava Lake.
  • Bruce Bradshaw July 9, 2016 at 7:55 pmThe first couple of miles of the trail shown here is not the Met-Win, but the Bachy XC trail that starts at the yellow gate off the Bachelor Access Road.
  • Don Leet July 3, 2016 at 8:07 pmMetolius / Windigo is clear from The Mt Bachelor trails to Lava Lake. It's riding well.
 

Trail Description

The Metolius-Windigo trail is over 100 miles long and begins in the north at the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and runs all the way south to Windigo Pass near Crescent Lake. To minimize confusion the “Met-Win” trail — as it’s often called — is broken into distinct segments each with its own character.

After the segment from Flagline to Mrazek, this part of the Metolius-Windigo from is probably the most popular and is accessed from Bachy West XC trail.

It can be ridden in either direction if you’re idea of “riding” is pushing your bike up long sandy climbs. If that’s not your thing, you’ll definitely want to ride south from Bachelor towards Lava Lake. There are some climbs, but the trail drops over 2000′ when you ride in that direction (and those sandy climbs are pretty fun to ride down). That said – there are short time periods in the early fall and early summer when the trail can be virtually sand free with just the right amount of moisture.

You can either leave a car at Lava Lake, or pedal onward up and over the Edison-Lava trail (and beyond) to complete a big loop around Mt. Bachelor.

Trail Photos

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Trail Reports » Metolius-Windigo » Lava Lake

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  1. Jack Reynolds says:

    We started with the Sparks Lake Trail to connect to Metolius-Windigo and ran into a lot of blow down on that section. Then we made the mistake of riding Appaloosa/Katsuk/Quinn to reconnect back with Metolius-Windigo … the horse traffic has completely ruined that section of trail. Like everything else in Central Oregon, that trail is being loved to death. After reconnecting to Metolius-Windigo, the trail was in great shape all the way to Lava Lake.

  2. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    The first couple of miles of the trail shown here is not the Met-Win, but the Bachy XC trail that starts at the yellow gate off the Bachelor Access Road.

  3. Don Leet says:

    Metolius / Windigo is clear from The Mt Bachelor trails to Lava Lake. It’s riding well.

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