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Metolius-Windigo (99 Lower) Trail

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9.8 miles
Elevation.
2746' ↑
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 E-bikes NOT allowed on Metolius-Windigo (99 Lower)


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 10 miles between Three Creeks Meadow 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. This segment is almost all downhill with an elevation loss of 2764′. Most mountain bikers will ride it as a shuttle in this downhill direction.

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    1. Natalie Herse says:

      We started at Three Creeks Lake and rode the connector trail down to Park Meadow and beyond. Someone cut out the trees on the first two miles of the connector trail but the last quarter mile before the Park Meadow intersection still has about thirty 6-12” trees down. After that is smooth sailing. Thanks COTA sawyers!

    2. Gary Meyer says:

      The trail is clear of deadfall Park Meadow TH to Peterson Ridge Tie.
      COTA team cleared it.
      No snow except what was falling on us.

    3. fallguy99 says:

      If no one is going to address the insane amount of deadfall on this trail, it should just be officially closed. There has to be over 80 trees down across the trail. Carried my bike more than I rode it. There’s almost so much deadfall now I don’t even know if it’s beyond cleanup or not. Would take months to do I imagine.

      1. BendTrails says:

        Try and be patient. It will get clear. A sawyer can clear that in a couple hours I am guessing.

        1. Ian Buckley says:

          Yeah, I’ll be up there to cut out the new wood from this winter once the snow is gone. It was almost entirely clear at the start of winter.

    4. Jim W says:

      Got out there one last time right before the storm a couple days ago, the storm chased us the whole time but never quite got us. Conditions were all-time, even saw a double-rainbow (there were probably unicorns and fairies out too though we didn’t see any). Cut out a bit more of the remaining deadfall. Might have been the last rideable day there, probably has snow now…

    5. Ian Buckley says:

      I cut out about half the deadfall in the Alpine zone today. About 75% of what I left has a bypass of some sort for now but needs dealing with. There’s also some deadfall lower down in the Manzanita zone that needs attention

      1. Jim W says:

        Thanks for doing that! Just rode it yesterday and it’s soooo much better (fantastic condition now, get it while ya can!). I cut out a couple smaller ones near the end of the Manzanita section. Now there’s really only a handful of dismounts required.

    6. Jim W says:

      Can confirm there are approximately 1.3 bazillion trees down. :) They are almost all in the first couple miles though, once you make it through all that and get to the intersection where it turns right and the real fun beings, there are only a handful (OK maybe a couple handfuls) of remaining trees down along the entire rest of the trail.

    7. Richard Sutter says:

      More than 30, lost count. 50+ trees down. Most require dismount.

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