This is a post from our “Vintage Vault”. bendoutdoors.com was launched originally as a place to house trip reports and outdoor destinations around Bend. This was originally written about Squaw Creek Falls in 2007.
If any other male out there finds themselves being dragged along on a ‘fun’ trip to Sisters with out-of-towners, this quick hike may provide a much needed escape while your guests see all the great sites in sisters.
Squaw Creek begins its journey to the Deschutes River high up in the Three Sisters Wilderness between North and Middle Sisters. This quick hike ends at a beautiful 30+ foot waterfall on Squaw Creek.
From Sisters drive South on road 16 (Same road you drive for Tam McArthur TH) for 8 miles and turn right onto Rd 1514. After five miles, turn left on Rd 600, and finally an exciting jaunt up Rd680. Low clearance cars should probably not attempt the last mile as the road is very rough and unimproved.
The trail itself meanders through a pleasant mixture of lodgepole and fir trees. Around 1.5 miles the trail switches back gently up a gradual hill and ends at a viewpoint high above the waterfall.
Return to your car via the same trail.
I was recently told by a contact at the Deschutes NF, that Squaw Creek is now called Wychus Creek… or the creek formerly known as Squaw Creek!