Three Shelters Loop

Bend, Oregon

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Deschutes National Forest is dotted with primitive log shelters throughout its high elevations. The Oregon National Guard built many of these huts as part of its training regimen for members during the 1980s. Called “forward bunkers” at the time, these small but stout structures have morphed over the years into key destination points and warming huts for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling outings in the winter. Local Nordic groups now maintain and repair the shelters as well as stock them with ?rewood during the winter-recreation season.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

Deschutes National Forest is dotted with primitive log shelters throughout its high elevations. The Oregon National Guard built many of these huts as part of its training regimen for members during the 1980s.

Called “forward bunkers” at the time, these small but stout structures have morphed over the years into key destination points and warming huts for Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling outings in the winter. Local Nordic groups now maintain and repair the shelters as well as stock them with ?rewood during the winter-recreation season.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 8.4
Elevation Gain: 708 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June–October, sunrise–sunset Best: Summer
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District, Deschutes National Forest; 541-383-4000, www.fs.usda.gov/deschutes
Local Maps: Three Sisters Wilderness Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
Driving Directions: Directions to Three Shelters Loop

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