IMG_3446Are you looking for a good hike in the Bend, Oregon area with some fantastic views of the Deschutes River, and some waterfalls? Well if you are grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydro Flask, check out some hiking tips, and head out to Dillon Falls on the Deschutes River Trail. The Deschutes River Trail is an extensive trail system that follows the Deschutes River in the Bend, Oregon area. One of our favorite places to visit is Dillon Falls.

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.

Dillon Falls Photo Gallery

  View photo gallery of Dillon Falls on the Deschutes River Trail near Bend, Oregon.

To get to the Dillon Falls Day Use Area from Bend, travel 7.9 miles west on Cascade Lakes Hwy (46), then 2.6 miles south on Forest Road 41, and then 0.5 miles east on Forest Road 4120, and 1 mile south on Forest Road 4120 100. This area is part of the Deschutes River Trail System, and it provides a spectacular view of untamed rapids along the Deschutes River, several lava flows, and the beautiful forests of Central Oregon.

This site offers access to the Deschutes River Trail as well as a boat ramp into the Deschutes River. There is also horse trailer parking with access to the horse trail along the Deschutes River.

After viewing Dillon Falls, you can continue on the Deschutes River Trail in either direction. North will take you to Lava Island Falls, and eventually all the way to Bend. South will take you to Benham Falls, and eventually Sunriver.

While the hiking in and around Dillon Falls from the parking area is not a challenging hike, it does provide beautiful views of the Deschutes River and the surrounding area.

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.

Dillon Falls on the Deschutes River Trail


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