Looking for a great trail in Deschutes National Forest, Oregon? AllTrails has 133 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 64 moderate trails in Deschutes National Forest ranging from 1 to 72 miles and from 3,028 to 7,775 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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The Deschutes National Forest is a United States National Forest located in parts of Deschutes, Klamath, Lake, and Jefferson counties in central Oregon. It comprises 1.8 million acres along the east side of the Cascade Range.

Hiked this today, by 8:45 there were already 7 cars but we saw people sporadically. Took us 5 hours but we also did the side trail at the top towards Broken Top. It was a nice cool day so the inclines were easier, too cloudy to see most of the mountains but BT stayed visible most of the hike. I’d take both my kids and dog on this hike but they weren’t with me today. Got to chat with a ranger and a few visitors. Even with getting rained out at the end and not much mountain visibility, this hike jumped to my favorite today. I’ll definitely be back more than once. Be prepared for some elevation, if you take the side trail you’ll hit 8k easy.

on Matthieu Lakes Trail

hiking
2 days ago

The first burned part of the trail was downright depressing. Lakes at the top made up for it though. Overcast and rained for the second half of the hike. Still not many bugs. A well worn, easy to navigate trail.

hiking
3 days ago

Great easy stroll in the woods! Highly recommended

For a relatively short hike, the views on this one are spectacular. The inclines are definitely inclines, but there are some great stretches of flat trail throughout to catch your breath. While we didn’t on this hike, once you’re at the top, there’s additional trails to explore, most of which are relatively flat. We’ve had great picnic lunches below Broken Hand. Highly recommend this one!!! Also - for those with kiddos, my 7 year old did this one. He’s done other hikes in the area (including Black Butte), but it was totally doable for him.

A neat informative spot to stop on your drive through the scenic pass. My kiddos enjoyed touring a real life “castle” and giggled their whole way up. It’s such a neat idea to have individual portrait views through small windows! It gave us a better understanding of the mountain range and get our bearings.

hiking
4 days ago

My favorite place in the Oregon Cascades is South Matthieu Lake. A 5 minute walk up the hill on the north side of the lake reveals 7+ volcanoes...including Mt Hood on a clear day

hiking
blowdown
bugs
4 days ago

This is a relatively easy mostly well maintained trail. We visited Teddy Lakes on our way in and the larger lake had a place to camp and the lake was beautiful and accessible. We continued on to Lake Winopee and camped on a rocky outcropping that had a lovely view of the lake, stars and moonrise. The one bummer was the lake edge has become overgrown with plants. There was no place to get into the lake. We tried walking out in a log but even that put us in muck up to our ankles and there was a lot of algae. We heard on our way out that Snowshoe Lake, only a half mile away, would have probably been a better choice. Some bugs but not too crazy.

hiking
bugs
scramble
4 days ago

This is a pretty good trail with minimal efffort over about 6 miles. Elevation gains are small. The only criticism is the parts of the trail which are more narrow and the need to accommodate mountain bikers coming through. We hiked this on a Thursday in early August and saw about 23 cyclists aling the way (coming and going). Not a big deal, but worth mentioning. SeverL people talked about bugs on the trail. We didn't notice anything that bad. A few, here and there. It wasn't relentless though.

It was such a great hike! Lots of sunny spots but good shady areas as well! Quite the climb, but it wasn’t straight up. Slow gradual incline with a couple intense spots! Great for most ages!

Wow. What a wild ride. This hike was full of amazing views, mountains, and unmarked trails but overall was an absolute blast. Got lost for a hot second but made it to No Name and hiked the extra 0.5ish miles to get an amazing panoramic view. 10/10 would recommend.

Nice little hike! A lot of people and parking is a little difficult but we got lucky finding parking next to the trailhead. Once you get passed the Tumalo Falls outlook there are less people. We had a great time in nature.

Very nice trail, exceedingly easy to follow. The falls are spectacular, both the main even and the smaller ones on the way. Easy hike, with most of the elevation gain in the last half mile or so to the falls. Lots of direct sunlight, so be aware.

Challenging hike! Started at Todd Lake at 6:30 am (yesterday) and parking lot had about 4-5 designated spots left. We had no problem with mosquitoes and the trail was shaded to begin with. We reached the summit at 9:47 am and took time to rest. Remember to take breaks and drink water. Very popular trail, by the time we were leaving (close to noon) many people were at the trail.

hiking
scramble
5 days ago

great weather and great climb. I would suggest a rope for a little step near the top

hiking
scramble
5 days ago

great day for a hike. Make sure you climb the thumb! It's similar difficulty as the S.Sister.

hiking
6 days ago

Possibly one of the most beautiful hikes I have taken in a long time. The river we shadowed up and back was more beautiful with every twist of the trial.

hiking
6 days ago

Pretty views, pleasant trail. Partial shade.

Beautifully maintained path, pretty viewpoint, and a short, sweet walk. Nice easy one for all ages.

Hiked from the parking lot to Happy Valley and back. Went off trail to see all the falls on the way up. Well worth the journey!!

beautiful views from the Southern lake! I took the Mattheiu Lakes Trail heading in and then the PCT trail back to the trailhead and the recent burn does leave parts of the trail fairly exposed. I highly recommend doing part of this trip on the PCT trail as I saw North Sister, Middle Sister, the peak of South Sister, Mt Washington, 3 Fingered Jack, Mt Jefferson, and Mt Hood from one of the vantage points. This is a really pretty trail with a lot of diversity.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike! Soda Creek was a beautiful accompaniment along the way! The trail itself was fairly easy, gaining elevation gradually over the hill to Green Lakes. Beautiful view of the South Sister and of Broken Top from the lake. I’m glad I packed bug spray. The mosquitos were pretty bad on the way back to the car around 6pm.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful hike the entire way to the lake. Very scenic, with views of streams, waterfalls, and mountains along the way. Lake gives you beautiful 360 views, including Broken Top and South Sister. We started at 11:30 am and crowds weren’t that bad. Took us nearly 3.5 hrs round trip.

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