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.
This 6 1/2 mile segment is usually ridden as part of the Charlton-Lemish Loop or as a connection to the Twins or Waldo Lake trails. Old growth forest awaits at the Southern end of this segment, and transitions to new growth lodgepole pine along the Northern section of the trail. These lodgepole are so thin they tend to buckle under snow loads and wind and bent down over the trail in the early summer months until a sawyer comes through.
This trail is maintained by Central Oregon Trail Alliance.