Fall River Falls Trail

Deschutes National Forest, Oregon 97739

Elevation Gain130ft
Trailhead Elevation4,211ft
Elevation Min/Max4180/4213ft
Elevation Start/End4211/4211ft

Fall River Falls Trail

Fall River Falls Trail is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within La Pine State Park and Deschutes National Forest. It is 1.4 miles long and begins at 4,211 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.9 miles with a total elevation gain of 130 feet. The Trailhead information is near the trailhead. There is also parking. Trailhead and another information and Fall River Falls Lookout and another viewpoint can be seen along the trail.

Fall River Falls Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Much like the Metolius River, albeit on a smaller scale, the Fall River emerges fully formed from underground springs, and it meanders through a pine forest for about 8 miles before flowing into the Deschutes River near La Pine State Park. There is a state fish hatchery (Fall River Hatchery) below the river’s headwaters.

About 4 miles below the hatchery is a falls. Hatchery rainbow trout dominate the river above the falls, while wild rainbows, along with some wild brown and brook trout, prowl the waters below. Trout in the Fall River typically run in the 8- to 12-inch range. Key Species: rainbow trout, brown trout, brook trout."

"Fall River is only about 25 miles southwest of Bend and is readily accessible off South Century Drive. Its proximity to the Sunriver resort and the towns of Bend and La Pine make it a popular destination for local fly fishers, especially those who prefer rivers. The water upstream from the falls is open year-round, which is a pleasure for winter anglers or Mt. Bachelor skiers looking for diversion from the slopes. Fall River is approximately 10 miles long, its origin being a spring below Wickiup Reservoir.

It flows through a pine forest and ultimately empties into the Deschutes River between Sunriver and La Pine. You’ll like the topographic features of the area, from the gentle, rolling hills of the pine forest to the volcanic cinder buttes that are scattered across the landscape. During mosquito season, be sure to have a good repellent. Types of Fish: Rainbow, brook, and brown trout. The majority run 8 to 12 inches, but keep an eye out for bigger fish. 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."

"Fall River is the kind of winding waterway that’s so lazy and calm it hardly seems like a river at all. In some spots the water looks like it’s barely moving, although it’s certainly flowing quickly just under the surface. Interspersed among the peaceful segments are sections of mild white water and comfortable waterfalls."

Fall River Falls Trail Reviews

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Nice, easy day hike along the river. Start at the headwaters and hike downriver. The hike back is prettier as you see the river more. Tril is marked and very easy to find.

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Trail Information

Deschutes National Forest
Nearby City
Deschutes National Forest
La Pine State Park, and Deschutes National Forest, Bend–Fort Rock Ranger District
Local Contacts
Oregon State Parks—La Pine State Park
Local Maps

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Jul 2018