Otter Bench Trail

Terrebonne, Oregon

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The Otter Bench trail system lies on a relatively flat shelf high above the Crooked River just north of where it drains into the Deschutes. This section of the Crooked River is on the list of National Wild and Scenic Rivers—and for good reason. The 400-foot-deep canyon offers some dramatic views, and classic High Desert sagebrush and juniper combine for a fitting backdrop to the trails that run along the rim of the gorge. Open nearly year-round, the trail system is also an ideal choice for those seeking solitude. Most of the network was built in the last five years, and chances are very high that you will not run past another soul during your time here. The run is made up of two loops connected by singletrack in between, with multiple options for extending the total distance (and adding some steep elevation). In summary, if you’re looking for bang for your buck and some alone time in the desert, this run is for you.
Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

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Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon

by Lucas Alberg (Wilderness Press)

The Otter Bench trail system lies on a relatively flat shelf high above the Crooked River just north of where it drains into the Deschutes. This section of the Crooked River is on the list of National Wild and Scenic Rivers—and for good reason. The 400-foot-deep canyon offers some dramatic views, and classic High Desert sagebrush and juniper combine for a fitting backdrop to the trails that run along the rim of the gorge.

Open nearly year-round, the trail system is also an ideal choice for those seeking solitude. Most of the network was built in the last five years, and chances are very high that you will not run past another soul during your time here. The run is made up of two loops connected by singletrack in between, with multiple options for extending the total distance (and adding some steep elevation). In summary, if you’re looking for bang for your buck and some alone time in the desert, this run is for you.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Terrebonne
Distance: 6.5
Elevation Gain: 574 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round, sunrise–sunset. Best: Fall
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: BLM Prineville District, 541-416-6700, blm.gov/or/districts/prineville
Local Maps: Sisters & Redmond High Desert Trail Map by Adventure Maps, Inc. ($12, adventuremaps.net)
Driving Directions: Directions to Otter Bench Trail

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