Deschutes River Trail

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon

Distance5.4mi
Elevation Gain796ft
Trailhead Elevation4,094ft
Top4,208ft
Elevation Min/Max4044/4208ft
Elevation Start/End4094/4094ft

Deschutes River Trail

Deschutes River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within Newberry National Volcanic Monument and Deschutes National Forest. It is 5.4 miles long and begins at 4,094 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 796 feet. Along the trail there are a wetland, a wetland, parking, a picnic site, and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: National Forest Development Road 9790 and Deschutes River Trail.

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Fly Fishing Central & Southeastern Oregon (No Nonsense Fly Fishing Guidebooks)
Harry Teel
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"If I could choose only one river to fish, the Deschutes would be it. It has it all: beauty, variety of fish, challenging water, and a true test of fly fishing skills. Yet it’s possible to take a real neophyte to the river and, with some assistance, get him or her into fish. For these and other reasons, the Deschutes is probably the finest overall fly fishing river in western America. Its complement of big redside trout, salmon, steelhead, and whitefish offers a wide range of high-quality fly fishing. The river lies east of the Cascade Mountains and runs mostly north from Little Lava Lake into the Columbia River east of the town of The Dalles. From Crane Prairie Reservoir, the Deschutes is a relatively small, meandering stream. From Wickiup Reservoir on it becomes a full-flowing big river. The majority of the quality fishing is on this part. Types of Fish: Predominantly redside rainbow trout, some bull trout, and browns. Whitefish can supply some exciting fishing. Many hatchery-reared steelhead, which have one or more fins clipped for identification. This eTrail covers the "where, when, and how" to fish in this region. You'll get a full-page map and information on the known hatches, suggested equipment to bring, and the best flies to use." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend and Central Oregon - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"This beautiful loop takes you along both side of the scenic Deschutes River on the popular Deschutes River Trail in the south part of Bend. You have the opportunity to view the river’s character from rapids to ripples. There are several great swimming opportunities, and the route also travels through Farewell Bend Park, which has restrooms, water, and picnic tables. This fun urban hike starts in River Canyon Park and follows a gravel road along a large irrigation pipe managed by the Central Oregon Irrigation District (COID) for a little over a mile of the route." Read more

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I have entered this trail into my all-time favorite mountain bike trails. Here they are, in no particular order:

#1 is Porcupine Rim in Moab, Utah
#2 is the Flume Trail in Lake Tahoe
#3 is the Deschutes River trail.

I went out on June 2nd, starting at the Lava Island trailhead and rode all the way down to Sunriver. There I stopped and had a burger and a beer, took a little nap in a shady spot on the golf course, and rode back. It was about 30 miles out and back, and with the high water of spring runoff, it was beyond spectacular.
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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Swimming
Additional Use
USGS map: Bend, OR
Local Maps

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Dec 2018