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Best trails in Deschutes National Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Deschutes National Forest, Oregon? AllTrails has 171 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 83 moderate trails in Deschutes National Forest ranging from 1.1 to 368.5 miles and from 3,139 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.

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#1 - Green Lakes
Deschutes National Forest
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Length: 9.1 mi • Est. 4 h 28 m
Note: off line map is recommended to get oriented as several users have reported that this trail is not well marked and it's easy to take a wrong turn. Show more
#2 - Canyon Creek Meadows Loop
Deschutes National Forest
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Length: 7.4 mi • Est. 3 h 57 m
Beautiful flower meadows and a hike up the East side of Three Fingered Jack. This very popular loop route takes you on a tour of a high alpine meadow, with bubbling Canyon Creek flowing through it. In addition, you'll enjoy spectacular views of the jagged spires of Three Fingered Jack, the eroded core of an extinct 100,000-year-old volcano. This is a really beautiful hike with so many points of interest. From wildflower meadows, to the grassy hill up to Three Fingered Jack, to the glacial pool, to the saddle with views of the Sisters, Washington, Jefferson and of course Three Fingered Jack right next to you. Many of the trees along the route were burned in 2003 during the B&B Complex Fires. Thankfully Canyon Creek Meadows itself was spared and still very beautiful.Show more
#3 - Tumalo Falls via Tumalo Creek Trail
Deschutes National Forest
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 1 m
As of May 28, 2020, users have reported that the gate is currently closed. Adding an additional ~4 plus miles roundtrip. Note: Parking can be difficult for the this trail. $5 parking Show more
#4 - Bend Glacier and No Name Lake
Deschutes National Forest
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Length: 15.2 mi • Est. 8 h 4 m
A valid Recreation Pass is required at the Tumalo Falls trailhead. Beautiful trail with stunning views at Broken Top. This trail goes to No Name Lake and Broken Hand Mountain. There are a variety of different terrains to traverse, please be prepared. Show more
#5 - Tumalo Falls Loop
Deschutes National Forest
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
The gate is subject to winter closure which can make the trail about 2.4 miles longer each direction. The trail runs past Tumalo Falls, Doulble Falls, Upper Falls, North Fork Falls, and Bridge Creek Falls, among others. The viewpoint for Tumalo Falls is a few steps from the parking lot or a short trail to the top. The 97-foot fall along Tumalo Creek is one of the tallest and most beautiful waterfalls in Central Oregon. The USFS has developed viewpoints both at the top (0.5 miles up trail) and near the base of the falls making the views easy for everyone.\n\nAs you continue up North Fork Trail you will pass several other waterfalls before crossing Middle Fork Tumalo Creek via a cut log bridge. Thereafter North Fork Trail passes several more waterfalls before the Swampy Lake Trail return route (about 300 yards past the Swampy Lake Trail trailhead, marked by a sign for Bridge Creek, is a beautiful meadow called Happy Valley, which is worth a look though not on this route). The Swampy Lake Trail requires crossing Middle Fork Tumalo Creek again, this time without a bridge. Some downed trees can be used to cross but require great balance; otherwise you have to wade through thigh-to-waist deep frigid water for about 50 feet. The Bend Watershed starts approximately a mile further and continues along Bridge Creek Trail until you return to North Fork Trail. NO DOGS and no camping are allowed inside this watershed.Show more
#6 - Black Butte Trail
Deschutes National Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
#7 - Tumalo Mountain Trail
Deschutes National Forest
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
This mountain has one of the best views in central Oregon that is easily accessible. To the north is Broken Top Mountain with beautiful high alpine sceneries and to the southwest is Mount Bachelor. There is minimal blowdown each year and all the snow is gone by July.Show more
#8 - Tam McArthur Rim Trail
Deschutes National Forest
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
America the beautiful pass ($80), Northwest Forrest pass ($30) or pre purchase a day pass ($5) before you arrive as there is no fee box at the trailhead. Hike in the Three Sisters Wilderness with a great view of Three Creek Lake. From the Three Creeks Lake trailhead, follow a winding switch back single track trail up the mountain and out of the tree line. This tops out on the "Tam McArthur Rim" with a great view of Broken Top Mountain and the valley below. You then hike along the rim through a snow field (at least into August) and onto McArthur Rim at an elevation of 7732 feet. From here you have a great view all the way around. Show more
#9 - Upper Chush Falls via Whychus Creek Falls Trail
Deschutes National Forest
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 53 m
Note: the directions take you almost to the TH but not quite. The final left turn takes you actually an old blocked road that you can't drive on. Go past that last left, keep going on the road you're on for about 1/2 mile as it winds around to the left. Shortly after, at a fork, there will be a sign for the trailhead to the left. Take that left and it dead ends at the trailhead 1/2 mile further.Show more
#10 - Matthieu Lakes Trail
Deschutes National Forest
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 7 m
Please note: road may close - please research prior to your visit. Nice day hike near Sisters Oregon in the Three Sisters Wilderness Area. The trip up to South Lake has an elevation change about 800 feet over 3/4 a mile. The trail is great for backpacking. If you're out of shape this can be a little tough. Show more
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