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Willow Creek Canyon Trail

  • Length:
    6.5 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Best Season(s):
    All year
  • Nearby Cities:
    Madras, Warm Springs, Redmond, Terrebonne, Culver
  • Region:
    Central Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Double-Track, Flat, Mountain Views, River Views, Wildlife Views

Trailhead Elevation: 0 ft


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The trail follows an old railroad grade from the edge of town to the road above Lake Simtustus. The path is easy to follow and mostly flat, passing through the Willow Creek Canyon to where it meets the Deschutes River. The views are of the high volcanic cliffs and Willow Creek at the bottom of the canyon.


  1. The Friends of Willow Creek Canyon completed work on March 10 cleaning up puncture vine on the worst section of trail. Everything looks great for some beautiful biking and hiking.

  2. Is this trail gravel or paved?

  3. Looks like it is gravel.

  4. […] addition, there’s a lot of excellent walking and hiking, including the Willow Canyon Trail that overlooks Lake Simtustus, or the 1.5-mile trek up M Hill, which offers a fantastic view of […]

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Stan N.

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