LaPine State Park South Loop

Bend, Oregon

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The state of Oregon is known for its towering timber, and LaPine State Park is home to one such ancient wooden giant. The 500-year-old Oregon Heritage Tree, appropriately nicknamed the Big Tree, is the largest ponderosa pine in Oregon, with a whopping circumference of 28 feet 11 inches. It used to be the tallest as well, at 191 feet, until a storm took its crown (literally) down to its current 162-foot height. On the South Loop, you’ll run by for a close-up of the famous pine, along with several great overlooks of the Deschutes River along the way.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

The state of Oregon is known for its towering timber, and LaPine State Park is home to one such ancient wooden giant. The 500-year-old Oregon Heritage Tree, appropriately nicknamed the Big Tree, is the largest ponderosa pine in Oregon, with a whopping circumference of 28 feet 11 inches.

It used to be the tallest as well, at 191 feet, until a storm took its crown (literally) down to its current 162-foot height. On the South Loop, you’ll run by for a close-up of the famous pine, along with several great overlooks of the
Deschutes River along the way.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Bend
Distance: 3.9
Elevation Gain: 65 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round, sunrise–sunset. Best: Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: LaPine State Park, 541-536-2071, tinyurl.com/lapinestatepark
Local Maps: PDF map at tinyurl.com/lapinesouthmap
Driving Directions: Directions to LaPine State Park: South Loop

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