Deschutes River Trail

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  3.5 from 14 votes
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Rank: #12 in the Bend area
#52 in OR, #1,054 Overall
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Featured Ride in the area near Bend,
“A lovely, rolling trail overlooking the Deschutes River - a must-do ride!”
Katy Ryan on Sep 21, 2012
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13.421.6 milesKilometers 547’167 m Ascent 4,193’1,278 m High 1% Avg Grade (1°)
100% Singletrack -272’-83 m Descent 3,837’1,169 m Low 15% Max Grade (8°)
NW Parking Pass Required at most trailheads that access the River Trail.
The Deschutes River Trail (DRT) can be accessed at a variety of locations, and can be ridden all the way to SunRiver, but don't forget you need to ride back, as it is an out-n-back.
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The DRT is also a very popular hike. Officially there are three trails (bike,hike, horses), but it's hard to keep track of which is which. Just go with it, but heed the appropriate right of way.
It is such a fun trail, that it is easy to keep going on it, and only realize how far you've gone when you are mid-way on your return. Lovely trail, overlooking the Deschutes River.Mostly smooth and sweet, but there are a few technical sections and a fair bit of exposure. The technical is not hard, but consequences could be grim if you fall in the wrong place - i.e. a fall down a steep bank into the very rocky and tree laiden river below.

This is a popular trail for hikers and bikers. Other bikers and hikers may be the bigger obstacle, especially around the blind corners.

This trail is not to be missed, it is has all the key elements of Central Oregon scenery... pines, river, rapids, lava rock, meadows, and more.
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HC100 Race Course staging at 5:30am for some of the best riding in the world!
near Bend, OR
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This ride reflects the best of what Central Oregon has to offer in variety of...
near Deschutes River Woods, OR
4.7 (9)
A great loop featuring the Flagline trail with a sweet descent and plenty of ...
near Bend, OR

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PHOTOS of Deschutes River Trail
  3.5 from 2 votes
The beautiful Deschutes River (Bend, OR)
  3.5 from 2 votes
Fun on the Deschutes River Trail (Deschutes River Woods, OR)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Class 5 rapids? (Bend, OR)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Easy section of trail. (Bend, OR)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Lava flow, rapids and fall colors. (Bend, OR)
  3.0 from 2 votes
An exposed section of the trail (Bend, OR)
  3.0 from 2 votes
I'd rather be on my bike! (Bend, OR)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Plenty of great rapids to view. (Bend, OR)
  3.0 from 2 votes
Contrary to most of the photos, there are a few technical sections, and ... (Bend, OR)
  2.7 from 3 votes
Before Benham Falls (Bend, OR)
  2.5 from 2 votes
Bridge over calmer waters (Bend, OR)
  2.5 from 2 votes
Riding on the edge. (Bend, OR)
  2.5 from 2 votes
Dillion Falls from the Deschutes River Trail (Bend, OR)
  2.5 from 2 votes
Fall colors along the Deschutes River (Bend, OR)
  2.5 from 2 votes
A river runs through it (Bend, OR)
  2.5 from 2 votes
Great views of the whitewate. (Bend, OR)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Pines, pines, everywhere...and an oh so smooth trail. (Bend, OR)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Riverside trail and beautiful meadow (Bend, OR)
  2.0 from 2 votes
Smokey view of the Cascades, with lava flow. (Bend, OR)
  1.5 from 2 votes
Rivers, and forests, and smooth trail oh my! (Bend, OR)