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The Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery makes a fine starting point for a six-mile loop hike on the Metolius River via the Lower Bridge.
The River in itself is amazing. It begins a few miles south emerging from basalt rock at 50,000 gallons per minute.
About one mile into the hike I reached Allen Springs, a miniature version of the beginning of the Metolius River. The large springs emerge out of basalt rock and immediately empty into the river.
On my hike I saw quite a few fly fishermen. The Melolius is a world-renowned fly fishing river.
But, the crowning jewel of the hike was the autumn foliage along the river that had turned to golds, oranges and reds.
I slowed my pace and enjoyed every step of the outing.