Explore the most popular cross country skiing trails in Deschutes National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We got there early so it wasn’t crowded. Nice easy trail.

I started at the falls and hiked up. Stunning trails and the waterfalls do not disappoint! I gave four stars because of parking and that can be a stressful experience for some. A lot of bikers so you have to be aware of them and speed of some bikes on certain trails.

I gave the trail review 3 stars because the terrain and other information was as discriped. Seeing the falls was nice and there were a couple other nice views along the way. Otherall thought I would say it as a little boring and I opted to double back instead of continuing to loop back on the forest service load. on the other side, it may be a good walk for dogs?

This was a great day hike. Just park at the trailhead sign and begin walking. The trail was marked with blue diamond tags nailed to the trees, and was very easy to follow. There is a bathroom at the trail head and a the falls. Our 5 and 7 years olds made the 7 mile trip with ease. Picnic tables at the falls for a fun outdoor lunch. Have fun and enjoy the views!

This was a great hike, the gate was open and we were able to drive up to the trailhead. it was very, very heavily used. parking was a nightmare. the falls were beautiful and once you got past the initial falls there were fewer people. had to turn back after a few miles because of ankle deep snow on the trail but a very nice morning hike.

Completed this hike on our Vacation last week! Just came in on the gravel road side of the trail and it was easy to walk and great views! Worth doing if you are there!

snowshoeing
2 months ago

Beautiful hike with mild very gradual elevation gain and stunning waterfall at the end! There is a snowmobile trail that also leads to the falls, so be sure you find the trail through the woods off to the side of the snowmobile trail so you can enjoy the beautiful forest. The snowshoeing or cross country skiing trail is a little hard to find from the very start, but is easily visible from the cabin just a few feet up the snowmobile trail. The forest trail is also well marked with blue diamonds on the trail throughout the entirety. Highly recommend also checking out the lower falls viewpoint only 1/4 mile down in addition to upper level lookout. Of note, you need a Sno Park pass to park for this hike which we didn’t find listed anywhere else!

Awesome trail - easy to follow, great beginner snowshoe, but spectacular views make it perfect for all levels of skill. Didn’t do the loop - just went out and back on the trail side, decided to nix the road section. Lots of fresh powder as of today, but it won’t last long!

2 months ago

This is a great winter get away!! Close to Bend and a good cross country ski!! On the weekend it is really crowded, but on the week day it is a good choice!! The views are spectacular and if you like waterfalls it is a must see!!

Please park in usfs parking lot at trail head not in front of gate during winter months. Too many rigs block access to the home owners further down the road. Nice walk but respect those that live near by.

This was an easy hike. Majority of it is walking up a gravel road but the scenery isn't horrible. Tried to get back to double falls but encountered to much ice on the trail. There is also a trail to get behind the falls and to the bottom

snowshoeing
4 months ago

Beautiful and easy 3 mile loop with a nice shelter halfway in with a wood stove.

Loved the view, this was an absolutely beautiful winter hike! I’d definitely recommend hiking past the top of the first falls, following the river for another mile or so to Double Falls. Level, flat and easy for a majority of the way, the last 1/4 mi to the top of the Falls provides a slight incline for children. The trail loop will begin on a service road, but the loop back was much more enjoyable, in the woods, and secluded. When you hit Silverlake Lodge at the end, the single road bridge next to it will bring you back to the start.

We hiked out and back along the road, in about 4-5 inches of snow. Very flat, easy hiking even with all the snow. Falls were gorgeous. Beautiful day. Our dog loved it too.

Well groomed scenic and easy hike.

Beautiful hike and easy for kids to complete. Expect a hike from your vehicle. Busy trail.

We hiked this in mid September 2017. There were quite a few cars in the parking lot but we had to wait only about 10 minutes before a spot opened up. This was an easy hike on well groomed, wide trails, with a slight but steady increase in elevation. We didn't finish the loop and turned around after only 4 miles because it started snowing heavily and we weren't dressed for snowy conditions.

This trail sucks. In the directions description it says to take the Peter Skeen Ogden trail but the map takes you to a snowmobile trail that is 2.5 miles of dust and boring. The waterfall at the end was breathtaking though.

9 months ago

Great trail. Ran into a couple of mountain bikers on the trail otherwise we were by ourselves until the falls were it was a little crowded. Must pay attention to signage. We missed the return loop so completed it as an out and back.

beautiful hike with lots of features to enjoy...very easy aside from the initial 1/2 mile, which is easy but all uphill

My GPS watch measured 7 mi. there and back. The trail was well marked and the last mile or so as you run parallel the creek is fantastic. The falls are a must see!

too many mosquitoes.....

To Shayla - that means you went to the wrong place.

Nothing but hiking on a dirt road following the power line.

You can actually drive and park right near the falls and it's about a .5 mile to the top lookout and not very steep. If you continue on the trail it's about 4 miles along the river and is gorgeous. I would also recommend taking the side trail near the beginning to walk down near the base of the falls.

Relatively easy hike that leads to an amazing view of the waterfall. There is a smaller trail toward the end that you can take to go to the base of the waterfall. Pretty cool experience.

The view at the end makes the hike completely worth it! At the end of the hike there is a .25 mile trail to view the falls from the top, along which there is a small trail jutting off that you can take to go underneath the waterfall. Go check it out, but be careful! It's very slippery! Having to hike to the falls (instead of just driving to it) made the feeling of going under the falls that much more refreshing

Very beautiful & the wildflowers all smell so lovely! It is heavily trafficked though.

There's a parking lot at the falls. There's nothing to see on the trail itself so it's pretty pointless. Recommend just driving to the falls

Beautiful! With the fire closing down the drive in road, it's very secluded.
If you take the detour where the bridge is washed out (about a mile in), it will take you up and around adding another mile to the hike.

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