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Deschutes River Trail

Average Rating:    (4.1 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 20

Rolling single track with short sections of dirt or gravel roads. Mostly firm surface with some rocky sections. Spectacular views of river and mountains. Hikers and recreational cyclists may be encountered particularly near Benham Falls. Relatively flat trail. Can be ridden in either direction.
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Latitude
43.992691002547026
Longitude
-121.4095687866211
Trail Directions
From Bend, 7.5 miles west on Cascade Lakes Hwy 46 to FS Road 41. Turn left and follow signs to Lava Island Falls. From Sunriver (south end of trail)access from US 97 approx 15 miles south of Bend. Turn into Lava Lands Visitor Center on west side to hwy. Pass visitor center parking lots and continue west approx 2 miles to picnic area at Benham Falls. Cross wood bridge to west side of river and follow road/single track closest to the river.
Trail Length
10.5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Bend
   


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Review Date
August 3, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: RomaRosie ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
The reviews on this trail are spot-on. It's a great trail for a beginner like me and, yet, my husband who is an advanced rider had a blast too. It's fast and wide and helped me not be totally freaked out by climbing and downhills with quick switchbacks.

It's breathtakingly beautiful on this trail too! The rolling river on your left is scenic and the rafters coming down will keep your energy pumping with their screaming and hooting with excitement. The trail is flowy with few roots or rocks and a few sandy areas. There is a technical climb up to the Falls (or downhill if you do an out-n-back) but you can easily pick your way through or walk it if you're a newbie.

If you want to introduce someone to mountain biking, this is the trail. It will help them learn and not scare them with too many technical parts. Bring bug repellent because the mosquitoes were literally so thick we had to reapply 3 times on the trail. But it was a great day in the woods regardless!

Recommended Route:
It's such an easy trail to find that you can hop on and off at so many areas. We took the previous reviewer's advice to hit it on the FS 41 parking lot and go up to the Falls and back.



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Review Date
April 15, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Rock Magnet ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Really fun introduction to riding in the Bend area. The scenery is outstanding as you pedal alongside a big river that changes from meandering through meadows to raging in whitewater torrents again and again. No real technical challenges here, just fast pedalling on a shared hiker-biker trail. There is one small grunt of a hill to climb on the upriver direction, but not much else to challenge you. There is potential for conflict with hikers, particularly around the popular waterfall and boat launch areas. The best way to ride seems to be midweek when there are few folks out enjoying the sights. If you are in the area and looking for a first ride, I can't imagine that you would do better than this to get you warmed up for the gnarly trails that abound.

Recommended Route:
We began at bottom near the Entrada Lodge and rode upstream as far as the Benham Falls bridge below Sun River. Return trip retraced our path back. We did this in the spring when temps were mild, but still ran out of water, forcing us to turn around earlier than we would have liked.



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Review Date
September 29, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: konaaah ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Great little trail with a variety of terrain for a novice. I rode a combination of asphalt, fire roads (with lots of stutter bumps)some great single track with a few sections of tiny whoops, a couple of tight, pedal crunching rock sections and one really steep and dusty downhill. Recommended in spring or after a light rain otherwise dust can be an issue. Great scenery, take some time to enjoy it and see if the rafters can wet ya down!

Recommended Route:
I rode from the campground at the volcanic monument down four miles of asphalt til I hit the Benham bridge then used a combo of fire roads and single track all the way back to town for a great 19 mile ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Phils, don't leave Bend without it !



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Review Date
March 25, 2004

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: powert ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Very easy to ride. Good if you want to introduce someone to MTB or looking for something to do with your GF or wife. I rode with clipless pedals for the first time on it and didn't have any falls. There are perhaps 2 tough climbs and one very technical rocky section.

MTB can ride on the hiker trail unless where posted. As always, be courteous.

Recommended Route:
We started at Meadow and rode upstream until we ran out of time. Then we pushed it on the way back.



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Review Date
April 28, 2003

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: neil , from bend

Summary:
ideal trail for a romantic cruise with your hunny. Or for the single guys expect Trailgirls in shorts...

Recommended Route:
carrots are good. so are turnips.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Juniper Park



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