Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hiking the Metolius River and Wizard Falls Hatchery

August 24th we drove to the Metolius River to do a hike as neither one of us had ever been there before.  It was designated a National Wild & Scenic River in 1988 and since we've heard of it's beauty and we live so close, it's some place we've been wanting to visit for years. 
This shot was taken at the headwaters of the river, which emerges from the ground near the base of Black Butte.  It's pretty unique to see this rushing river come right out of the ground.

From the headwaters, we drove downstream to the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery and checked out the tanks full of fish, which were a variety of different sizes.

Some of the trout at the hatchery.

Wizard Falls on the Metolious River.

Here's a spot we found during our hike where like the headwaters of the river, there's a large flow of water coming out of the side of a hill. 

Dave next to a Ponderosa Pine.

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