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Deschutes River Trail

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 3.6 from 11 votes
  Intermediate from 3 votes
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Rank: #8 in Bend
#21 in Oregon
#443 Overall
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“A lovely, rolling trail overlooking the Deschutes River - a must-do ride!”
Katy Ryan on Sep 21, 2012
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13.4 Miles 100% Singletrack 547’ Ascent -272’ Descent 3,837’ Low 4,193’ High
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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Recent Conditions
Jun 11
trail CLOSED at Benham Bridge for at least a week
Mar 17
a few brief muddy sections. less than 100m worth total
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4.7 (6)
A great loop featuring the Flagline trail with a sweet descent and plenty of ...
near Bend, OR
4.6 (13)
One of the best high country rides in the East Cascades.
near Bend, OR
4.5 (22)
A perfect loop with every trail feature included. It's more than fun.
near Bend, OR

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PHOTOS of Deschutes River Trail
 3.5 from 2 votes
The beautiful Deschutes River (Bend, OR)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Class 5 rapids? (Bend, OR)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Lava flow, rapids and fall colors. (Bend, OR)
 3.0 from 2 votes
Contrary to most of the photos, there are a few technical sections, and ... (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
Easy section of trail. (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
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
Riding on the edge. (Bend, OR)
 2.5 from 2 votes
Great views of the whitewate. (Bend, OR)
 2.5 from 2 votes
A river runs through it (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)
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