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Metolius-Windigo (99) Trail

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Length
16.6 miles
Elevation
3504'
Rating
Forecast
This trail has lots of down trees. Riding it will probably mean getting off and climbing over and through tree limbs.

Trail Reports

  • Eric Kutter October 5, 2017 at 5:18 pmCouldn't decide between riding well and deadfall. The 5 miles I rode N of NF16 (3 creeks lakes) only had a couple down that you couldn't ride over. But was pretty overgrown with grasses as few people have been using it with the Milli fire. I suspect further N would be way worse. S of NF16 to Mrazek, there were 20 down trees, mostly close to Mrazek. But between the trees, it was riding great. Just one 5' patch of snow to ride through. Most trees were under 6".
  • Mark Kastantin July 30, 2017 at 11:27 pm10-20 trees down in 2 miles closest to Mrazek then sandy with horse tracks and a few trees down for the next 4 miles down to Three Creek.
  • Eric Kutter May 26, 2017 at 9:05 pmRode up from Sisters today starting off in PR. The PR Tie is completely clear and riding great. We turned around at 5500' with no snow in sight. We had a few large trees to climb over on the ridge half way to Three Creeks lakes. Other than the lose rocks on the ridge climb, it was riding great. Definitely a tough climb. Wish I'd have had more time to see how far it's relatively clear.
  • Natalie Herse September 5, 2016 at 10:56 pmWe shuttled this on Sunday from Three Creeks Lake down to the Peterson Ridge network. Just a few small trees down. Somewhat sandy/dusty through the burn but easily doable as it gradually goes downhill. Once out of the burn the trail was fast and fun. Thankful for the fatbike but others on their skinnies did just fine. Maybe with the upcoming predicted rain for Tuesday, conditions could be awesome. TIP: Around mile 7.5-8ish, after climbing (walking) up a steep doubletrack, we missed the trail which veers sharply up to the right. It's not signed. If you end up on roads, you've gone too far. Turn around and backtrack and look for the yellow diamond markers up on the knoll heading north. Have fun!
  • Peter Sussmann September 5, 2016 at 11:47 amWas that you we saw on the trail yesterday? Did you find your way back onto the trail?
  • Natalie Herse September 1, 2016 at 7:27 pmI called the Sisters Ranger District today and they told me it is pretty much clear from Three Creeks Lake down to Sisters. We plan to ride this Sunday so will report back.
  • Jeremy Brodhead September 1, 2016 at 4:59 pmAny one know if this is cleared yet?
 

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.

The segment on this page runs for about 20 miles between the Mrazek junction and the trails of Peterson Ridge.

The Metolius-Windigo gets a lot of use by horses and can be quite sandy — especially in late summer. It’s generally downhill — almost 4000′ — from the South end (Mrazek) to the North end (Peterson Ridge) Most mountain bikers will ride it as a shuttle in this downhill direction.

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Trail Reports » Metolius-Windigo (99)

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  1. Eric Kutter says:

    Couldn’t decide between riding well and deadfall. The 5 miles I rode N of NF16 (3 creeks lakes) only had a couple down that you couldn’t ride over. But was pretty overgrown with grasses as few people have been using it with the Milli fire. I suspect further N would be way worse.

    S of NF16 to Mrazek, there were 20 down trees, mostly close to Mrazek. But between the trees, it was riding great. Just one 5′ patch of snow to ride through. Most trees were under 6″.

  2. Mark Kastantin says:

    10-20 trees down in 2 miles closest to Mrazek then sandy with horse tracks and a few trees down for the next 4 miles down to Three Creek.

  3. Eric Kutter says:

    Rode up from Sisters today starting off in PR. The PR Tie is completely clear and riding great. We turned around at 5500′ with no snow in sight. We had a few large trees to climb over on the ridge half way to Three Creeks lakes. Other than the lose rocks on the ridge climb, it was riding great. Definitely a tough climb. Wish I’d have had more time to see how far it’s relatively clear.

  4. Natalie Herse says:

    We shuttled this on Sunday from Three Creeks Lake down to the Peterson Ridge network. Just a few small trees down. Somewhat sandy/dusty through the burn but easily doable as it gradually goes downhill. Once out of the burn the trail was fast and fun. Thankful for the fatbike but others on their skinnies did just fine. Maybe with the upcoming predicted rain for Tuesday, conditions could be awesome.

    TIP: Around mile 7.5-8ish, after climbing (walking) up a steep doubletrack, we missed the trail which veers sharply up to the right. It’s not signed. If you end up on roads, you’ve gone too far. Turn around and backtrack and look for the yellow diamond markers up on the knoll heading north. Have fun!

  5. Jeremy Brodhead says:

    Any one know if this is cleared yet?

    1. Natalie Herse says:

      I called the Sisters Ranger District today and they told me it is pretty much clear from Three Creeks Lake down to Sisters. We plan to ride this Sunday so will report back.

    2. Peter Sussmann says:

      Was that you we saw on the trail yesterday? Did you find your way back onto the trail?

  6. Brennan Morrow says:

    99 is heavily blocked on the Three Creeks/ Sisters side. Lots of hike and bike.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      do you have a specific location? FS says it’s clear from 3 creeks…

  7. Shane DeMars says:

    The southern end of T99 is now clear for about 1 mile.

    1. Shane DeMars says:

      Clear? Not at the Southern end. Not even close. Began working on the Southern end of the trail Monday. Beginning at the Met-Wen/Mrazek junction we worked north. Took out about 30 trees and only made it 1/2 mile. Still plenty more to go there. The trail could use more traffic. I hear most folks avoid this section and just take the road for a bit. Looks like this segment has not been cleared in a long time.

      1. Joe Myers says:

        Thanks for the update. guess I got some bad intel.

  8. Shane DeMars says:

    Only rode a small portion South from the Pete Ridge Tie. The trail was pretty much clear for the first two miles heading south. Someone had obviously been there this year with a chainsaw. I’m not sure how far they made it though…

  9. Brian Hemphill says:

    Upper T99 Not rideable. The gate at Upper Three Creeks is closed, so we rode up the road to the trailhead at Park Meadow. Massive blowdown in all the burned areas, so the trail is almost non-existent. More hiking than biking. Bailed out on the forest road back to Upper Three Creeks. A couple days of chainsaw work needed to just clear the trail, then some rebuilding to repair damage from ridearounds.

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