IMG_5580The Deschutes River Trail is an extensive trail system that follows the Deschutes River in the Bend, Oregon area.

Please note: For most of the trails along the Deschutes River you may have to deal with a lot of mosquitoes during the month of July. Keep this in mind and either bring insect repellent, or try hiking some of the trails along the Cascade Lakes Highway instead, as the mosquitoes are more active in the higher elevations during the month of August. However some years the mosquitoes are bad almost all summer, so come prepared.

The Deschutes River Trail is a series of three parallel trails that wind through pine forests, lava flows and riparian zones along the waters of the Deschutes River, located in Central Oregon.

The trail can be accessed from Meadow Day Use Area, and the following day use areas along Forest Road 41, Lava Island, Big Eddy, Aspen, Dillon Falls, Slough, Benham Falls West, and Benham Falls East. The Deschutes River Trail can also be accessed from several places in Bend, Oregon, and the town of Sunriver as well.

So grab your favorite Hydration Pack or Hydroflask and get out on the trail! And to be safer out there, here is a list of hiking tips and some of the essential items you should always have when out hiking.

Hiking along the Deschutes River

Hydration Packs, HydroFlasks & Hiking Tips

Hydration Packs help Outdoor enthusiasts stay hydrated without having to carry a water bottle. and give the hiker hours of hydration. You can find a wide variety of hydration packs at Amazon.com that will suit the need of almost every hiker and outdoor enthusiast.

If you prefer not to carry a hydration pack, but instead prefer to carry a couple water bottles, I recommend purchasing a Hydro Flask from Amazon.com. Hydro Flasks will keep cold drinks cold for up to 24 hours, and hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours. Perfect for hiking.

What do I carry? Well both, because I like having lots of water on a hiking outing. And don’t forget to check out this list of hiking tips for some of the other essential items you should always have when out hiking.