Explore the most popular kid friendly 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.

Definition of a steady incline from the start to finish but wasn’t too difficult. Views from the top are incredible!

on Black Butte Trail

2 days ago

Amazing views!

hiking
2 days ago

A great hike with breathtaking views. Hiked this today with a family of 5, 10 years being the youngest and a energetic dog. Mid-November and it was a cool start, still plenty of hikers! Very popular trail. I was worried reading some of these reviews that this was going to be challenging. The kids were just about to think it was when we saw the watch towers and knew we were close. We used a Garmin and found it to be about 2.4 miles to the top. (and as stated in other reviews, it is up, the whole way!). We made it in about 70 minutes up and 50 minutes down, in good tennis shoes, nothing fancy. Path is relatively soft and easy to walk, top has more rock “stairs” and can require more careful footing. As stated, it was cool today, if hiking on a warm day, start early and bring plenty of water. Had a great time, highly recommend!

It is 35 minutes from Sisters, and all but the last mile+ were good/great roads. The last little bit is rough but doable. Not a lot of parking, both lots full when we left and it is not peak season. But there is a pit toilet at the trailhead.

We are an active family, young children and inactive people will likely need to take their time.

I snowshoed this trail in march and it was so fun! Flat, and accessible. Some were mountain biking it.

hiking
7 days ago

Quarry to Peterson Ridge Tie Trail to Whychus Creek Overlook. Back on Whychus Draw Trail to Metolious Windigo Trail and back to trail. This mileage x2 due to technical difficulty. No bikes, no horses, very few other hikers. Beautiful. The best scenery was on the Metolious Windigo side of this loop.

8 days ago

This place is incredible. I could spend a week checking it all out. Will definitely return, highly recommend! Came in the off-season (November 5) after visitor center closed for the year. We had the whole place to ourselves hiking to the top of the Butte.

8 days ago

Nothing spectacular, way too many tourists and cars. Super easy hike. Probably won't ever bother going back. Do it to cross it off your bucket list, but really it's nothing great.

hiking
10 days ago

Just in to the lake and back. 4.3 miles. First half burnt by recent forest fires. Second half and lake just fine. Deserted and still beautiful.

hiking
18 days ago

We loved this hike! Beautiful views once you get up out of the trees (the views within the trees were still pretty). This is an uphill hike, the entire way- there was no reprieve. We had to stop a few times to catch our breath. The views from the top were worth it! Two lookouts to see, one is boarded up and the other is active. We could see 8 mountain peaks, even through the slight haze. There were a few 2wd vehicles at the trailhead, though the road is a little rough.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful walk along the river.

Beautiful mellow hike. Lots of creek/falls viewpoints. A few steep rocky parts, but they were short.

hiking
21 days ago

This is one of my top ten favorite hikes of all time. The views were stunning (especially of Mount Shasta) and the terrain was really different. It was fun to scale the rocks and make our way up to the stop. We drove into the waypoint which was right near the official trailhead and we'd recommend others to do the same. I think a 2wd car could make it there. It took about an hour and 45 to get up and then an hour and 30 back down. We were hiking with our 6 mo old pup who had a blast. Think some dogs could get scared with the rocks and ledge but she did great and it was super fun to watch her navigate.

This is the place to be for star gazing. Far away from town so no city light interference. A great place to setup for a night of astrophotography. There is a short trail with informational signs.

Here is a video showing some night time views from Dee Wright:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIs7Wpvmr60

We did this along with the Three Fingered Jack loop

hiking
22 days ago

Today we hiked this trail for the second time. Two years ago we went at Thanksgiving and we had quite some snow and couldn’t see any of the views. But loved it nevertheless. Today was a hot autumn day and totally clear. I had forgotten how steep this hike was, but it’s oh so worth it once reaching the summit. The view will blow your mind. You’ll see a big chunk of the Cascadian mountain range, a fire lookout and a historical building. Would definitely do this hike again!

Went today for the 2nd time. Totally forgot about the steep uphill hike, just remembered the amazing and rewarding view when you make it up to the top. Will definitely go again!

hiking
23 days ago

Great views reward a straight up trek.

A top Cascades hike!

on Black Butte Trail

24 days ago

Worth the hike up! The views are beautiful. 360 degree perspective. My 7 year old made it a slog but we eventually got there and so happy we did!

It's the closest trail to my house, so it's my go-to whenever I need my "nature fix".

What a great trail! Off the beaten path which I loved. The trail loops around and leads down to Wychus Creek which is spectacular! One helpful note... to stay on the trail that leads down to creek there is a sharp right turn about 1/8 mile before the sign for Wychus Creek. It’s not obvious but it’s marked for horses as well. Thankfully another hiker told us about it.

Great loop hike. Beautiful views.

on Devils Lake Trail

1 month ago

Nice little trail. Beautiful Fall colors and peaceful.

hiking
1 month ago

Definitely a favorite trail! Interesting and beautiful views. For sure would do this one again.

Wonderful trail! 7miles out and back. Pretty easy hike, mostly flat the entire time. Dogs loved it as well! You follow the river for majority of the hike with beautiful views of the river and mountains. People also mountain bike on this trail. You can also just drive to the falls by following the road to the every end. (Lost of cars parked there) The falls were amazing!! Breath taking!! You can get very close to them and potentially even underneath them, but we did not try. We did the hike the first week of October:) highly recommend!

GREAT views

Land of Yar

on Benham Falls Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Really gorgeous views of the river while heading to the falls, especially when combined with the colors of autumn.
It was an easy hike so poles aren't really needed.
I'd never seen a falls where it does a 90 degree turn - Loved it.

Trail in great shape, some nice fall colors. Not too difficult, dog loved it.

No bugs. Lots of Cougar scat.
Beautiful day, had the trail to myself.

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