Shevlin Park Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Venture out to Shevlin Park for one of the best wilderness experiences that an urban park can offer. There are two main trails at this park. The ﬁrst sticks mainly to the top of the canyon, heading down to the river only to climb up the other side and loop back around."
--Brittany Manwill , Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"Shevlin Park is 600 acres of undeveloped forest and grassland, with miles of trails. It is a popular place to hike and walk, with access to adjacent Forest Service public lands."
--Ellen Morris Bishop, Best Hikes with Dogs: Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"Singletrack trail (with a small dose of doubletrack and paved road) that winds through a ponderosa pine forest in Shevlin Park. The ride has two bridge crossings over Tumalo Creek and a few boulder hops. This fun creek run is a local’s favorite and is only minutes from downtown Bend. The mostly singletrack route winds through ponderosa and Douglas fir forest along the banks of picturesque Tumalo Creek in Shevlin Park."
--Lizann Dunegan, Trail Running Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"This fun hike is a local favorite and is only minutes from downtown Bend. The route winds through ponderosa pine and Douglas fir forest along the banks of picturesque Tumalo Creek in Shevlin Park.This route is very convenient to downtown Bend and is very popular. You’ll begin by hiking through a stand of shimmering aspen trees and then crossing rambling Tumalo Creek. After crossing the creek you’ll walk up a short hill on some switchbacks to the top of the ridge."
--Lizann Dunegan, Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend & Central Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"Shevlin Park is one of those places that make trail runners like me feel lucky to live in Central Oregon. The park is right on the edge of town and is a quick drive from almost anywhere in Bend, but it provides a wilderness-like experience, as
if you were much farther from civilization. It’s a favorite of many locals, and for good reason."
--Lucas Alberg, Trail Running: Bend and Central Oregon (Wilderness Press).
"Only minutes from downtown Bend, this fun ride winds through a ponderosa and Douglas fir forest along the banks of picturesque Tumalo Creek in Shevlin Park. Trail surface: Singletrack and doubletrack."
--Lizann Dunegan, Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest & Central Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"As mountain bike routes the trails are rather short. There are some short, challenging climbs and some exposed aspects along narrow sections of trail. The trails are in good condition except a rocky, degraded descent than cyclists should walk (or carry) their bikes down. Tumalo Creek flows through the middle of Shevlin Park. Along the creek are hills dotted with old and young fir trees, manzanita, and sage. The trails weave their way through large granite boulders. Shevlin Park is about 4 miles west of downtown Bend."
--Laurie & Chris Leman, Mountain Bike! Oregon (Menasha Ridge Press).
"3 miles northwest of Bend, along Tumalo Creek. Smooth, firm singletrack; beautiful old-growth forest; Tumalo Creek; picnic areas."
--Scott Rapp, Mountain Biking Bend (Falcon Guides).
Shevlin Park is a great loop hike with low difficulty, good distance, and great proximity to the heart of downtown Bend. The 5-mile loop can easily be walked in under 2 hours, with barely any elevation changes to speak of other than the initial hill climb. It is an ideal trail for summer because a large portion of it is not exposed (though make sure you're protected against mosquitoes). It's not much of a fitness walk, but the proximity of the creek and the openness of the area make it an exhilirating way to spend two hours. Follow the trail signs as there are some semi-confusing intersections, and make sure you take the left-most singletrack trail when you reach the five-way right after the bridge! Also, this is not the ideal trail if you love solitude; be prepared to run into multiple runners/bikers sharing the trail.
Hi, My wife went for this hike today. It was very good for a day hike.. thanks for the map.
Shevlin is a great park near Bend Oregon. If you don't have enough time to do a bigger hike or mountain bike ride, this is a great alternative. You might also consider Phils Loop.
Great loop trail. Very helpful to have turn by turn directions. My wife and I did this as a trail run, and when she went around the loop a second time, I followed her on my bike. Great dual use trail, only wish it stayed a little closer to the river.
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