Whychus Creek – Squaw Creek Falls

I took a hike the other day up to some water falls I’ve never been to before. Let me tell you, they were awesome! Well…1 out of the 3 were. I went to Squaw Creek Falls outside of Sisters Oregon about 10 miles or so. The directions I have say…

The waterfalls of Whychus Creek are located just nside the Three Sisters Wilderness Area, located south of the town of Sisters. From Highway 242 in downtown Sisters, turn south on Forest Service Road 16, signed for Three Creek Lake (do not follow FR 15, signed for Whychus Creek, west of town). After 7 miles, turn right onto FR 1514, and proceed just under 5 miles to FR 1514-600, immediately before crossing Whychus Creek on a large concrete bridge, and turn left. Road 1514-600 is very rough, but passable for passenger cars with decent clearance. Follow this rough road for another 2 miles to a T-junction and bear left, reaching the trailhead in another ½ mile. From here, follow the Chush Falls trail for an easy mile to canyon-rim views of Chush Falls.Officially, the trail ends here, but it continues on as a plainly
obvious route. The Cascades are encountered ¼ mile further.

The drive was a bit bumpy due to the wash boards on the road and I had to use my rope to pull a few downed trees out of the road but the drive wasn’t bad at all.

The trail was beautiful. Very nice. Shady and damp, the temperature was perfect during midday. The first set of falls you come to are Chush Falls. These would have been really neat if you could actually see them. You get a “rim view” which isn’t all that great. There is also a sign that says “trail ends” and that is a total lie. If you continue on the trail you will come to a second set of falls called The Cascades. You are able to see these a little better and I’m sure there is a way you can get down to them. The trail still leads you along the rim.

The directions I had said that was pretty much it for falls on the trail. Well, it was still early and I wasn’t ready to go home. There was still a little trail left and it followed the river so we pushed on for about a mile or so. We came to what looked like an old river bed and there standing before us was a 225ft tall waterfall. It was a very cool sight.

If you really wanted to, I’m sure you would be able hike all the way up the creek to the base of the falls but it was starting to get late and we had to hike back to my truck. I didn’t want to get stuck out there in the dark.

If you get the chance I would recommend this hike. There is nothing technical along the trail and shouldn’t pose as much of a challenge. I would rate it as a medium difficulty.

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