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Deschutes Trail

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Deschutes National Forest
1230 NE 3rd St.
Suite A-262
Bend, OR 97701

Phone:
541-383-4000
Basics
Length:
9.1 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Easy,
Intermediate
Time:
3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
3900 feet
Elevation Range:
3900 feet to 4200 feet
Elevation Change:
300 feet
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Mar to Dec

Description

A series of three parallel trails through pine forests and lava flows along the variously placid and tumultuous Deschutes River. Separate trails were built for hikers, horses, and bicycles. Cyclists also share the hiking trail nearest the river, as long as conflicts are minimized. Low snow years can allow year-round use for most of this trail. Due to heavy use and repeated conflicts, dogs must be on a leash on these trails. Low snow years can allow winter use for most of this trail.

The Deschutes River Trail has four sections that are wheelchair accessible. They are located at Big Eddy Rapids, Dillon Falls, Benham Falls West, Benham Falls Picnic Area. They are all surfaced with crushed gravel and are more difficult in difficulty (intermediate difficulty level).

Details

Length:
9.1 miles one-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Intermediate
Time:
3.5 - 4.5 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
3900
Elevation Range:
3900 feet to 4200
Elevation Change:
300
Usage:
Heavy
Season:
Mar to Dec

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

Trail is reached from several trailheads off Forest Rd. 41, including Meadow, Lava Island, Big Eddy, Aspen, Dillon, Slough, and Benham West Trailheads. Road 41 turns south off Century Drive, 7 miles west of Bend. Access also from the Benham Falls Picnic Area at the end of Forest Rd. 9702 just west from Lava Lands Visitor Center (located on Hwy. 97 between Sunriver and Bend).


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