Benham Falls—Deschutes River Trail

Portland, Oregon

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This route follows the southern segment of the Deschutes River Trail. It takes you through a magnificent old-growth ponderosa pine forest along the banks of the moody Deschutes River. Highlights of the route include a spectacular viewpoint of Benham Falls, grand views of South Sister and Broken Top, and opportunities to see ospreys and other wildlife. Options to hike farther on the Deschutes River Trail are available. This route starts at the picturesque Benham Falls Day-Use Picnic Area that is set among towering old-growth ponderosa pine trees. The day-use area has picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms. You’ll begin the hike by walking on a forested path along the shores of the Deschutes River. The river is very quiet and wide along this section because of a man-made logjam located above the wood bridge that crosses the river.
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by Adam Sawyer (Falcon Guides)

This route follows the southern segment of the Deschutes River Trail. It takes you through a magnificent old-growth ponderosa pine forest along the banks of the moody Deschutes River. Highlights of the route include a spectacular viewpoint of Benham Falls, grand views of South Sister and Broken Top, and opportunities to see ospreys and other wildlife. Options to hike farther on the Deschutes River Trail are available.

This route starts at the picturesque Benham Falls Day-Use Picnic Area that is set among towering old-growth ponderosa pine trees. The day-use area has picnic tables, fire rings, and restrooms. You’ll begin the hike by walking on a forested path along the shores of the Deschutes River. The river is very quiet and wide along this section because of a man-made logjam located above the wood bridge that crosses the river.

© 2017 Adam Sawyer/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Portland
Distance: 2
Elevation Gain: 167 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1-1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Deschutes National Forest Supervisor’s Office, 63095 Deschutes Market Rd., Bend; (541) 383-5300; www.fs.usda.gov/main/centraloregon/home
Local Maps: USGS Benham Falls
Driving Directions: Directions to Benham Falls—Deschutes River Trail

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