Best Trails in Deschutes National Forest

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on Green Lakes Trail
16 hours ago

Amazing hike, river all along the way up and a gorgeous set of lakes at the top. Long distance but easy in difficulty. Recommended to us by locals!

on South Sister Trail
1 day ago

Great hike! Awesome views up and amazing ones coming down. 3 liters of water is a good call. Or filter it there's plenty on trail. So are mid boots with gators. First 4 miles are easy and pleasant. 5th mile is tough and the 6th is tougher. Top is windy. Went for pictures and it didn't disappoint.

on Devils Lake Trail
2 days ago

Great camping spots free first come first serve must have the forest pass in this area Devils lake is amazingly beautiful and freezing cold make sure to bring lots of cold weather sleeping gear its a perfect spot for hiking south sister since the trail head starts at the camp ground lots of critters so keep your food stored in safe places the Canadian jacks will eat from your hands bring your fishing poles if you like rainbow trout great experience and plan on returning soon

on Todd Lake Loop Trail
3 days ago

hiking

Nice easy hike. Plenty of shade and sun during the hike. Porta-potty at the trail head. Several areas to stop and relax. And picnic tables at the begging and end of the loop so bring a lunch. Like a previous reviewer said parking is a little tricky meaning there is very little so be prepared to park along the road and hike to the trail head. Parking is $5.

on Horse Lake Trail
3 days ago

hiking

Beautiful, varying scenery through woods and meadows and nothing beats arriving at the lake itself for a nice, private swim before you head back. Beware mosquitos and horse flies for the 20-30 minutes nearest the lake.

on Paulina Peak Trail
4 days ago

hiking

I loved this hike! Yes, it was a very hard hike but it was also amazing! It's not as bad as I thought it was going to be. But it is also a 1,400 ft elevation gain in 2 miles. Bring lots of water if you are going to do this hike! (:

on Fall River Trail
4 days ago

hiking

This was one of the most beautiful hikes I've been on! Definitely recommend this one!!

on Green Lakes Trail
6 days ago

Beautiful hike. Perfect weather & company. Longer than expected....but we made it. Loved it!

on Tumalo Falls
6 days ago

hiking

on Six Lakes Trail
6 days ago

Fun little in and out overnighter to Doris lake..Made great time getting in and out. Had the 8 year old in tow and he crushed it:) Lots of mosquitos out in full force. Opted out of hammock camping and decided on the tent instead. Recommend going out a little later on in the fall, less bugs and less trail traffic. Great spot to watch the stars and sun rise over the lake.

on Benham Falls from Sunrive...
7 days ago

great walk after a bike ride from Sunriver

on Benham Falls Trail
7 days ago

super easy and family friendly. great short walk after a bike ride.

on South Sister Trail
8 days ago

Personally I loved this hike. Lots and lots of tough incline hiking. There is a nice break in the middle but then you're right back to the incline. The higher you get the looser the footing too. If you go on a clear day the scenery is exceptionally hard to match in quality.

on South Sister Trail
8 days ago

Very tough, and I've summited St Helens and Adams. Either this was tougher, or I'm not as good of shape this year. Beautiful view from the top. 24 hours later, I can say it was worth the pain.

on Benham Falls Trail
8 days ago

hiking

on Tam McArthur Rim
8 days ago

hiking

Great hike with my wife and daughter, legs get a wake up right away but then some relief as the trail levels out some then back to steep and level out for most of the way. Can't complain too much about the trail as we saw a cross country team running up and down the trail. Got to the Rim and had a snack. I continued on for a couple more miles until the well-traveled trail ends and then it is kinda sketchy and much caution is recommended from there on. The view of Broken Top's icy blue lake is fantastic. It sits in Broken Top's crater.

on Mount Bachelor Trail
8 days ago

hiking

Hiked this with our Apex group on 8/16/16. This nice views at the top. Not too difficult , a little scrambling close to the top. Back down to the road and hiked the road over to the lodge, got a snack, watched the mountain bikers then rode the lift down. Great hike

on Canyon Creek Meadows Loop
9 days ago

backpacking

Excellent hike to Three Fingered Jack. This hike pretty much has it all! Lakes, open meadows, views, and a waterfall. It was a great little hike!