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.