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Metolius-Windigo (99) Trail

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Length
16.6 miles
Elevation
3504'
Rating
Forecast

Trail is riding well right now and there are no reports of mud, deadfall, or snow.

Trail Reports

  • Joe Myers September 17, 2018 at 11:52 amrode up the trail from the top of Mrazek yesterday in the damp and rain. Tread is in top shape and didn't see any horse prints till after the Tam Mcarthur cut off.
  • Natalie Herse August 11, 2018 at 11:25 pmLoose and sandy in places but not a big deal on the midfats. A few trees down still. Starting at Three Creeks lake adds several miles of singletrack and flower lined streams. Super fun!
  • Matthew Simeti July 21, 2018 at 6:11 pmI ended up doing what sounds like the same thing and had to backtrack about a half mile. Right in the area you are describing shortly after climbing the short steep double track the trail/road starts to descend. As you descend on the road the trail takes a sharp right. There is a trail marker on a tree about 25 yards to the right and the trail is pretty faint in that section. There where also some sticks placed at the junction that also where not very noticeable that were likely placed there to help indicate the trail. I noticed it out of the corner of my eye as I was descending but did not think much of as I kept descending on the road for a ways. I took out my phone and used trailforks to confirm I was back on track and heading the right direction. I would suggest downloading the trailforks app as it has the whole trail listed and the GPS in your phone will help you pinpoint your location on the trail without needing cell service. It has come in very handy for me when I am second guessing if I am heading the right direction. A buddy and I are hoping to get out on that section of trail in the next couple of weeks to clear back some of the brush and the smaller logs.
  • Greg Kallio July 21, 2018 at 5:03 pmMatthew, My friend Doug and I also rode today (July 21) from Park Meadow TH to Sisters via Met-Win 99 and Peterson Ridge Trail network; left about 9:30am, maybe you were ahead of us. We got fouled up and ended up on Roads 540/510/1516 about 5.5 miles in. Somehow we missed a trail junction (around 5500') that we would take us along the brushy ridge above the roads. We actually went back and looked closely for a singletrack branch to the ridge but didn't see it. Can you give us some hints? Great ride otherwise - not too dusty yet. Greg
  • Matthew Simeti July 21, 2018 at 12:29 pmRode the section from Three Creeks Lake down into Peterson Ridge yesterday. There where a few small trees down that where easy to navigate over. Looked like some of the larger deadfall was recently cleared. A bit loose through the burn areas and some thick sections of Manzanita but overall it was riding well for a trail that sees little use.
  • Joe Myers June 14, 2018 at 2:31 pmThanks for the reports G!
  • Gabriel Amadeus June 14, 2018 at 12:24 pmRode a few mile segment in the middle and lots of trees down still. Could use some manzanita brushing as well as treadwork in the burned areas too.
 

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. Joe Myers says:

    rode up the trail from the top of Mrazek yesterday in the damp and rain. Tread is in top shape and didn’t see any horse prints till after the Tam Mcarthur cut off.

  2. Natalie Herse says:

    Loose and sandy in places but not a big deal on the midfats. A few trees down still. Starting at Three Creeks lake adds several miles of singletrack and flower lined streams. Super fun!

  3. Matthew Simeti says:

    Rode the section from Three Creeks Lake down into Peterson Ridge yesterday. There where a few small trees down that where easy to navigate over. Looked like some of the larger deadfall was recently cleared. A bit loose through the burn areas and some thick sections of Manzanita but overall it was riding well for a trail that sees little use.

    1. Greg Kallio says:

      Matthew,
      My friend Doug and I also rode today (July 21) from Park Meadow TH to Sisters via Met-Win 99 and Peterson Ridge Trail network; left about 9:30am, maybe you were ahead of us. We got fouled up and ended up on Roads 540/510/1516 about 5.5 miles in. Somehow we missed a trail junction (around 5500′) that we would take us along the brushy ridge above the roads. We actually went back and looked closely for a singletrack branch to the ridge but didn’t see it. Can you give us some hints? Great ride otherwise – not too dusty yet. Greg

      1. Matthew Simeti says:

        I ended up doing what sounds like the same thing and had to backtrack about a half mile. Right in the area you are describing shortly after climbing the short steep double track the trail/road starts to descend. As you descend on the road the trail takes a sharp right. There is a trail marker on a tree about 25 yards to the right and the trail is pretty faint in that section. There where also some sticks placed at the junction that also where not very noticeable that were likely placed there to help indicate the trail. I noticed it out of the corner of my eye as I was descending but did not think much of as I kept descending on the road for a ways. I took out my phone and used trailforks to confirm I was back on track and heading the right direction. I would suggest downloading the trailforks app as it has the whole trail listed and the GPS in your phone will help you pinpoint your location on the trail without needing cell service. It has come in very handy for me when I am second guessing if I am heading the right direction. A buddy and I are hoping to get out on that section of trail in the next couple of weeks to clear back some of the brush and the smaller logs.

  4. Gabriel Amadeus says:

    Rode a few mile segment in the middle and lots of trees down still. Could use some manzanita brushing as well as treadwork in the burned areas too.

    1. Joe Myers says:

      Thanks for the reports G!

  5. Ryan Pedersen says:

    First couple miles in from parking lot across from Peterson Ridge are riding great!! I cleared a couple smallish trees but as more trail opens up I’m guessing there will be much more deadfall.

  6. 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″.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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?

  11. 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…

  12. 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.

  13. 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…

  14. 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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