Deschutes River Trail

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Length
11.0 miles
Elevation
1280'
Rating
Forecast
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Trail Reports

  • Joe Myers April 22, 2017 at 2:08 pm4 trees cleared near slough camp today by cota. Peace out.
  • Eric Kutter April 21, 2017 at 6:52 pmEntire trail is in great shape, all the way to Sunriver. No snow or mud today.
  • Natalie Herse April 4, 2017 at 6:59 pmLava Island to Benham Falls is perfect tacky dirt except for 2 short patches of melting ice/snow and 2 trees down near Slough meadow.
  • Bruce Bradshaw March 21, 2017 at 5:40 pmClear as far as Aspen access. Snow patches upriver of there.
  • Ryan Pedersen March 10, 2016 at 7:29 pmTrail from Bend to the hiking pass bridge were in surprising great condition considering the rain/snow over the last few days. May have to dodge a puddle here or there but nothing to sweat.
  • Derek Manwill March 5, 2016 at 3:29 pmOn the verge of getting muddy if the rain continues.
  • Robert Rekward February 28, 2016 at 4:15 pmSome long snow patches around Slough area (where I started) but after that it was perfect dirt back to Entrada. A few blow-downs but nothing you can't climb over.
 

Trail Description

Monday through Friday the Deschutes River Trail between the Lava Island Day Use Area and the Aspen Day Use Area is closed for logging operations. The trail is open on all weekends and holidays.

The Deschutes River Trail is a scenic local favorite — but not during tourist season when it gets crowded with walkers, sightseers, and raft tours.

The trail starts at the Entrada Lodge, across from one of the entrances to C.O.D. Initially the trail climbs up and over a ridge, where it then settles along the West side of the Deschutes River. The trail ranges from fairly easy to intermediate — but has several technical challenges and a couple steep climbs along the way. The trail ends at the Benham falls overlook where you can connect with the Black Rock Trail. Mosquitos can be brutal, so keep up the inertia and bring some spray or wipes.

The Deschutes River Trail can be a little tricky to follow, as there are quite a few options and turn offs at various spots — but they all usually end up in the same place.

The trail is maintained by Central Oregon Running Klub.

Trail Photos

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Trail Reports » Deschutes River

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  1. Joe Myers says:

    4 trees cleared near slough camp today by cota. Peace out.

  2. Eric Kutter says:

    Entire trail is in great shape, all the way to Sunriver. No snow or mud today.

  3. Natalie Herse says:

    Lava Island to Benham Falls is perfect tacky dirt except for 2 short patches of melting ice/snow and 2 trees down near Slough meadow.

  4. Bruce Bradshaw says:

    Clear as far as Aspen access. Snow patches upriver of there.

  5. Ryan Pedersen says:

    Trail from Bend to the hiking pass bridge were in surprising great condition considering the rain/snow over the last few days. May have to dodge a puddle here or there but nothing to sweat.

  6. Derek Manwill says:

    On the verge of getting muddy if the rain continues.

  7. Some long snow patches around Slough area (where I started) but after that it was perfect dirt back to Entrada. A few blow-downs but nothing you can’t climb over.

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