Metolius River Graced with Gorgeous Autumn Foliage

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Wizard Falls

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.

Metolius River

Metolius River

Young Tamarack tree with its golden needles of autumn

Old covered wagon exhibit near Sisters

Metolius River

Wild Rose hip

Allen Springs

Metolius River

Metolius River



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  1. Beautiful rushing river! Can you hear it as you walk up to it – the water flowing rapidly on its way? The autumn colors frame the river just so perfectly. Love to go with you on your adventures. 🙂

  2. Some beautiful autumn colors there!

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