IMG_4782Are you looking for a good hike in town in the Bend, Oregon area with some fantastic views of the Deschutes River? Well if you are grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydro Flask and check out some hiking tips, then head out to the Deschutes River Loop Trail.

The Deschutes River Trail is an extensive trail system that follows the Deschutes River in the Bend, Oregon area. While I prefer to hike away from town, sometimes there just isn’t time. This trail is in town, and doesn’t require a long drive to get there.

The trailhead is located next to the Bill Healy Memorial Bridge at Bend’s Farewell Bend Park. Parking can sometimes be hard to get at the park on the east side of the river on Reed Market Road, but you can always park in the larger parking area on the other side of the river near the Bend Park and Recreation District Office off of Colorado Ave.

The hike will take you along the Deschutes River south for about 1.5 miles (see map below) until you reach smaller bridge that you can use to cross the river and complete the loop. The whole hike is a little over three miles, and for the most part is pretty easy. There are a couple places where you will climb a short uphill grade, but nothing too strenuous.

Unlike hiking in some of the more remote areas of Central Oregon you will see a lot of trail runners, and people out hiking with their dogs. On weekends during warm weather it can be a little crowded, but not so bad that you can’t still enjoy the beauty of the Deschutes River and Central Oregon.

Deschutes River Loop Trail Photo Gallery

View photo gallery of the Deschutes River Loop Trail in Bend, Oregon.

 

Deschutes River Loop Trail

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.