Fall River Loop 4 3/4 Mile

La Pine State Park, Oregon

Distance3.7mi
Elevation Gain450ft
Trailhead Elevation4,207ft
Top4,225ft
Elevation Min/Max4173/4225ft
Elevation Start/End4207/4207ft

Fall River Loop 4 3/4 Mile

Fall River Loop 4 3/4 Mile is a hiking trail in Deschutes County, Oregon. It is within La Pine State Park and Deschutes National Forest. It is 3.7 miles long and begins at 4,207 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 7.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 450 feet. The Trailhead and Trailhead information guideposts and Trailhead, and another information can be seen along the trail. There are also wetlands, restrooms, and a viewpoint along the trail. The trail ends near the Trailhead information. This trail connects with the following: Mc Gregor Loop 1 1/2 Mile.

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Day Hiking Bend and Central Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Brittany Manwill
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"This is the kind of stroll where your troubles melt away. It’s short, simple, and completely free of chaos. No big hills or confusing directions—just the calm hum of Fall River on one side and sweet-smelling ponderosas on the other."
Best Easy Day Hikes: Bend and Central Oregon - 3rd Edition (Falcon Guides)
Lizann Dunegan
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"This beautiful trail follows the course of the crystal-clear, spring-fed Fall River. This uncrowded route takes you through immense groves of ponderosa pine trees and offers many scenic viewpoints of the river where you may see Canada geese, ospreys, and mallard ducks. Fall River is a beautiful spring-fed river that is stocked with brown, brook, and rainbow trout. The source of the river is situated about 2 miles northwest of Pringle Falls on the Deschutes River. From this location the river meanders northeast for 8 miles until it joins the Deschutes River about 6 miles below Pringle Falls."
Best Dog Hikes Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"This beautiful trail follows the course of the spring-fed Fall River. The uncrowded route takes you through immense groves of ponderosa pine trees and offers many scenic viewpoints of the river where you may see Canada geese, ospreys, and mallard ducks. Located in the Deschutes National Forest southwest of Bend, Fall River is a beautiful spring-fed river stocked with brown, brook, and rainbow trout. The source of the river is situated about 2 miles northwest of Pringle Falls on the Deschutes River. From this location the river meanders northeast for about 8 miles until it joins the Deschutes River about 6 miles below Pringle Falls. This route parallels the course of the river for 3.2 miles. The tour takes you through a forest corridor of stately ponderosa pine trees. These yellow-barked giants are prized for their clear, even grain, which is used for door and window frames."

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8/6/2010
As far as river trails go, this is not one of the better ones in Central Oregon. The flat 6.4 mile there-and-back trail meanders around but keeps a pretty safe distance from the water until the very end, where the turnaround point gives you a nice chance to sit by the shore--which isn't even that impressive since the river is so quiet and still. The scenery is standard high desert wilderness fare, and somewhat dull. The trail is relatively secluded, but it does march right through a campground so on busy camping weekends it may be best to avoid. If you're visiting Sunriver and looking for a healthy walk this is a good one in close proximity, but I wouldn't call this a destination hike at all.
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3/18/2009
not the smartest to hike 2 days after a snow storm but the scenery plenty made up for our wet feet. P.s. dont be fooled by the side trails!
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Trail Information

La Pine State Park
Nearby City
La Pine State Park
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Camping
Additional Use
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Features
USGS map: Pistol Butte, OR
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