IMG_1788Are you looking for a great place to hike, or mountain bike along the Deschutes River near Bend? Well if you are grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydro Flask, check out these hiking tips, and head out to Lava Island Falls on the Deschutes River Trail.

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.

The Lava Island Trailhead is located in the Lava Island day use area, which is accessed by traveling about 8 miles west on the Cascade Lakes Hwy (46), then 0.4 miles south on Forest Road 41, and then 0.8 miles east on Forest Road 4120.

This is an excellent place to access the Deschutes River Trail for a nice hike along the river.

Deschutes River trail from Lava Island south Photo Gallery

View photo gallery of the Deschutes River trail from Lava Island, hiking south.

However, if you are looking to see a nice waterfall along the Deschutes River, this is probably not the place to go. It is pretty much impossible to see the actual waterfalls from the trail, and it is a steep, dangerous climb to get any kind of view of the falls. While I saw a few people trying, I would not recommend anyone trying to make the climb to view the falls.

If you want to see waterfalls along the Deschutes River, I recommend Benham or Dillon Falls.

If it is a nice hike along the river you are interested in, this is a perfect place to start. You can head either north or south along the trail and you will be treated to fantastic views of the river, the pland and wildlife in the area, and some fantastic lava flows as well.

Directions: From Bend, travel 7.9 miles west on Cascade Lakes Hwy (46), then 0.4 miles south on Forest Road 41, and then 0.8 miles east on Forest Road 4120.

Please note: The Northwest Forest Pass is required at some trailheads on National Forests in Oregon and Washington. These passes are distinct from the wilderness permits. Go to the Recreation Passes & Permits page for more information on the Northwest Forest Pass, including cost and how to get a pass.

Deschutes River Trail from Lava Island hiking south


View Deschutes River Trail from Lava Island hiking south in a larger map

Hydration Packs, Hydro Flasks & 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.