Metolius-Windigo Trail #99


This over 100-mile trail begins near the Mt. Jefferson Wilderness west of Sisters and runs to Windigo Pass south of Crescent Lake. The trail was created around 1980 by linking sections of existing trails, primarily to serve long-distance horse riders seeking an alternative to the Pacific Crest Trail #2000 (PCT).

Due to its lower elevation, this trail is snow-free longer and has fewer mosquitoes than higher elevation trails. The trail passes through a wide variety of scenic terrain and forest types.

Because the Metolius-Windigo trail is made up of segments of various trails and crosses many roads, junctions are marked with MW logo blazers, and interspersed with yellow diamonds.

Trail Maps

Overall Vicinity Map Metolius Windigo Horse Trail #99 (pdf)

At a Glance

Permit Info: Small portions of the trail passing through the Three Sisters and Diamond Peak Wilderness areas require wilderness permits which are free and self-issued at those locations. Wilderness permits are required for both day use and overnight stays in the wilderness from Memorial Day weekend until Oct. 31.
Restrictions: Mountain bikes & motorized use prohibited.
Closest Towns: Bend, OR Sisters, OR Crescent, OR La Pine, OR
Passes: Some trailheads require a valid recreation pass. Check our Recreation Passes and Permits page for details.
Information Center: Deschutes National Forest

General Information


This long-distance horse trail can be accessed from many different trailheads on the Bend/Fort Rock, Sisters, and Crescent Ranger Districts.

The Bend Ranger District section of the trail is best accessed from (north to south): Todd Creek, Lucky Lake, Corral Swamp, and Round Meadow Trailheads.

All are along or just off Century Drive, beginning with Todd Creek, 24 miles west of Bend.

General Notes:

For more information call Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District Office:

  • 541-383-4000



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  Area/Length : 
120 miles

  Elevation : 
4600 - 6900


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