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Deschutes River Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (35) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A lovely, rolling trail overlooking the Deschutes River - a must-do ride!


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Map Key

13.4

Miles

21.6

KM

100%

Singletrack

4,193' 1,278 m

High

3,837' 1,169 m

Low

547' 167 m

Up

272' 83 m

Down

1%

Avg Grade (1°)

15%

Max Grade (8°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

NW Parking Pass Required at most trailheads that access the River Trail.

Overview

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.

Need to Know

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.

Description

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.

Contacts

Shared By:

Katy Ryan

Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 35 votes

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  4.0 from 35 votes
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Deschutes River Trail is such a dreamy place.
Sep 28, 2017 near Deschut…, OR
Cant take my eyes off of the beautiful Deschutes River
Sep 28, 2017 near Deschut…, OR
Beautiful morning.
Jul 25, 2016 near Deschut…, OR
Let's race.
Jul 25, 2016 near Sunriver, OR
Upper Deschutes River Falls.
Jul 25, 2016 near Deschut…, OR
Limited headroom.
Jul 25, 2016 near Deschut…, OR

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Check-Ins

Oct 12, 2020
Charlene Mercer
Oct 11, 2020
Charlene Mercer
Sep 4, 2020
Emily Haugbro
Stopped for a swim along the river 18mi — 2h 45m
Aug 12, 2020
Maggie Starr
Blissful. On a rented Pivot Trail 429. 24mi
Jul 30, 2020
David Viñuales
13.4mi — 1h 30m
Jul 14, 2020
Brent A
Jul 13, 2020
Neal Barham
Great time on the Deschutes River trail from Good Dog! parking lot down to Dillon Falls and back to Bend (Drake's Park) to via FS 400 100 and the H… 20.8mi — 4h 22m
Sep 11, 2019
stormie BROCKWAY
13mi — 10h 40m