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 Loge Camp, 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 is fairly intermediate as with most river trails. Secome sections are smooth and simple. Others are rock gardens and steep climbs. The trail ends at the Benham falls overlook where you can connect with the Black Rock Trail. Mosquitoes can be brutal, so keep up the inertia and bring some spray or wipes.
The Deschutes River Trail can be 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. When in doubt stay near the river.
The trail is maintained by Central Oregon Running Klub.