The Mighty Whychus Creek Trail 10.5 Mile "Super Loop"!

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The Mighty Whychus Creek Trail 10.5 Mile "Super Loop"!

Post by TrailPerspective » February 6th, 2024, 7:39 am

Hey ya'll! I'm a huge fan of the Whychus Creek Trail past Sisters to the West before you get to Three Creek Lake. Most people just do the convenient 1 Mile Whychus Creek Overlook which is a well known landmark and is paved, flat and has that quintessential tourist feel. While that Viewpoint is swell, in all candor that doesn't really capture the best parts of the area which is definitely the Whychus Creek Trail (creatively named hahaha) which parallels Shoreline to Whychus Creek for MILES and climbs up and down some truly epic rocky geological zones! Whychus Creek is one of those "Creeks" that really looks, feels, and acts more like a river. It's like Newton Creek or Clark Creek in the Timberline Zone.

Thus so one can capture all the highlights of the whole area with a "Super Loop" of 10.5 Miles which is my preferred way to explore the area. I did the full hike in end of winter with Yaxtrax on, although only a few sections were snowy/icy so it feels more like a non-winter summer style hike, and here is the full version video:

https://youtu.be/YS2mPCghZec

If you just want an under minute sample taste of the area, here's a good clip:

https://youtu.be/hb7sAMrI6q0

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Re: The Mighty Whychus Creek Trail 10.5 Mile "Super Loop"!

Post by dharmabum » February 6th, 2024, 7:53 am

Wow, the Ponderosa's are really screaming red in there. My favorite tree :-)

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Re: The Mighty Whychus Creek Trail 10.5 Mile "Super Loop"!

Post by TrailPerspective » February 8th, 2024, 9:08 am

Hahaha true! This is a short clip of Ponderosa Pines from last month that better captures them:

https://youtu.be/SqdZmdhZdCg


Just posted another Whychus Creek Highlight Section, the most dangerous boulder section of the entire trail:

https://youtu.be/iAC-9LoMhZQ

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Re: The Mighty Whychus Creek Trail 10.5 Mile "Super Loop"!

Post by TrailPerspective » February 16th, 2024, 5:27 am

This was my favorite Ponderosa Pine highlight section of the whole Winter Yaxtrax Hike:

https://youtu.be/gXcBIWFUGDY

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