Old Mill Loop

Bend, Oregon

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Though this book focuses mainly on running in the wilderness, sometimes it’s nice to have a trail run right outside your front door. The Old Mill Loop on the Deschutes River Trail offer myriad distance options and is a great combination of quintessential Central Oregon trail running and the beauty of what makes Bend one of the premier places in the country to live. There's no trailhead per se for this loop—you can start in many places—but one place I like to begin is at Riverbend Park, off SW Columbia Street and Shevlin Hixon Drive. There's plenty of parking, and this spot tends to be less crowded than some of the others. Plus, the Bend Park and Recreation District is housed in the building adjacent to the park, so I like to think of it as paying homage to all the hard work its employees do to make Bend’s parks and trails wonderful.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

Though this book focuses mainly on running in the wilderness, sometimes it’s nice to have a trail run right outside your front door. The Old Mill Loop on the Deschutes River Trail offer myriad distance options and is a great combination of quintessential Central Oregon trail running and the beauty of what makes Bend one of the premier places in the country to live.

There's no trailhead per se for this loop—you can start in many places—but one place I like to begin is at Riverbend Park, off SW Columbia Street and Shevlin Hixon Drive. There's plenty of parking, and this spot tends to be less crowded than some of the others. Plus, the Bend Park and Recreation District is housed in the building adjacent to the park, so I like to think of it as paying homage to all the hard work its employees do to make Bend’s parks and trails wonderful.

© 2016 Lucas Alberg/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 5.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round; Bend city parks are open daily, 5 a.m.–10 p.m.
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bend Park and Recreation, 541-389-7275, bendparksandrec.org
Local Maps: PDF map at tinyurl.com/oldmillloop
Driving Directions: Directions to Old Mill Loop

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