The Metolius-Windego trail is over 100 miles long and begins in the north at the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness and runs all the way south to Windego 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 links Flagline to the Happy Valley, where you can continue on Met Win to the Mrazek junction. Northfork also intersects the Metolius-Windigo but be aware that Northfork is a climbing-only trail, so plan your route accordingly.
Metolius-Windigo is one of the highest trails in the Bend area with alpine meadows, creek crossings and sections of dark and shady old growth forest. It’s often the last to be free of snow — rarely rideable before mid July.
The short riding season and challenging nature of the Met-Win means that it gets a lot less traffic than the Phil’s network — so the trail has a much more primitive feel and you can still find some tacky loam when town is blown-out and dusty.
The trail is often used by trail runners, hikers, and horseback riders, so keep an eye out and say “hello” as you yield to them.