drtAre you looking for a great place to hike, or mountain bike along the Deschutes River near Bend, Oregon? Well if you are grab your CamelBak, other Hydration Pack or Hydroflask, check out some hiking tips, and head out to the Deschutes River Trail.

Five miles downstream from Sunriver (the Deschutes River flows north), there is a great place to access the Deschutes River Trail, and this section of the trail provides a spectacular scene of untamed rapids and the beautiful Central Oregon landscape, and it is perfect for hikers, walkers and bikers.

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.

Deschutes River trail to Sunriver Photo Gallery

View photo gallery of the Deschutes River trail to Sunriver near Bend, Oregon.

To get there from Bend, follow Highway 97 south 11 miles and turn right at the Lava Lands Visitor Center. Then turn onto the road on your left for approximately 3 miles to the parking and picnic area.

After parking it is easy to find the trailhead, and you can follow the trail north to the footbridge, and follow the wide well marked trail to Benham Falls. The hike to Benham Falls is an easy half-mile walk, or ride if you are on your mountain bike, down the trail along the river.

Or you can go south along the trail and hike in the direction of Sunriver like we did.

We were treated to beautiful views of the Deschutes River, the Cascade Mountains in the distance, and of course the beautiful flora and fauna that is natural to the area.

While the trail leading in the direction of Sunriver isn’t as wide and flat as it is in the direction of Benham Falls, it is still a fairly easy hike or walk along the Deschutes River. And if mountain biking is your thing, you can do that as well.

There is an interpretive loop trail located at the parking area that is not open to mountain bikes, but bikers can access the Deschutes River Trail at the north end of the parking area near the picnic tables.

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 to Sunriver


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