Deschutes River Trail

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An excellent, relatively flat trail easily accessible by foot, bike, or bus. This trail snakes its way along the river and through the hear of Bend. Bike, run, hike or walk the trail which offers amazing views of the Deschutes River, the Three Sisters, and the surrounding high desert. 

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An excellent, relatively flat trail easily accessible by foot, bike, or bus. This trail snakes its way along the river and through the hear of Bend. Bike, run, hike or walk the trail which offers amazing views of the Deschutes River, the Three Sisters, and the surrounding high desert. 

Great write up on this trail from BendWild.com

The Bend Park & Recreation District is at work building a fully connected river trail between Tumalo State Park and Meadow Camp. Once complete, the trail system will encompass nineteen miles of trails. The current trail system is divided into five "reaches", defined by landscape characteristics. See more info here

 

 


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  • Duration Halfday
  • Intensity Easy
  • Length 7.79 Miles

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<p> While visiting Bend recently, I was looking for a 1-2 hour trail run near the city, one that I could get to quickly from downtown and without using a car. I poked around online and found this great article from <a href="http://bendwild.com/2009/11/bend-oregons-deschutes-river-trail-first-street-rapids-an-urban-trail-oasis/" target="_blank">BendWild.com</a>. Using some additional beta from the excellent <a href="http://www.bendparksandrec.org/" target="_blank">Bend Park and Rec site</a>&nbsp;and of course Google Maps, I was able to quickly find the trailhead a<a href="http://www.bendparksandrec.org/.docs/park_id/10019/pg/10463" target="_blank">t First Street Rapids Park</a>. After a short walk through the city, I was soon trail running along the Deschutes River. The path is excellent for running or biking as it is hard pact sand/dirt, but not has enough give to be comfy for runners. I saw some great wildlife including birds, kayakers on the river, nice homes dotted along the river and were it not for the hazy conditions views of the Cascades.&nbsp;</p> <p> Out and back was about 8 miles and it was a perfect way to spend a few hours to breaking up our time strolling through town. We hit up an excellent local lunch spot, <a href="http://barriobend.com/" target="_blank">Barrio Bend</a>, for some mushroom tacos and the Quinoa, Black Bean & Citrus Salad. What an afternoon!</p>
2012-09-22 00:00:00 UTC via Walk

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