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If you want to immerse yourself in a subalpine pine forest where the air has that high-Cascades tang; to stay in a clean, quiet campground next to a twisting, cold river brimming with trout (and a nearby legendary fly fishing spot) and surrounded by miles of waiting-to-be-explored wilderness; to sit smack in the middle of dozens of high-mountain lakes (in winter, near some of the best ski-spots in the land); to see eagles or red-tailed hawks grabbing breakfast right in front of you; or, to just sit in a campsite pondering what you might do tomorrow ... ... then LaPine State Park demands a visit. The park is also home to Oregon's largest ponderosa pine. Nicknamed "Big Red," the tree is 162' tall, 28.9' around and may be in excess of 500 years old.

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21 days ago

Rode this in conjunction with the Deschutes trail. Beautiful ride with all the fall colors!

Beautiful ride, especially in the fall! Rode the Fall River/Deschutes loop.

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1 month ago

easy with our 4 doxies hiking with us!

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1 month ago

have taken different trails here. we've taken Cougar Trail and it's a fav

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1 month ago

Pretty short but very beautiful ...the river is amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

I did this trek with my 11 year old dog who can no longer go on long trips or hikes with much incline. It was beautiful, flat, a little dusty, and the only people we saw were fly fishing. We also spooked a huge buck down by the river and got to see him bound through the woods.

My hike for the day was just the short McGregor Loop. I have done all the other loops in La Pine State Park as well. Falls River Loop the most interesting, with Deschutes Loop a close second. That makes this route covering both a nice hike indeed.

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3 months ago

Mom and I hiked this loop. The sections along the river are very pretty.

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3 months ago

La Pine State Park is a mostly overlooked gem along Highway 97 as you near La Pine south of Bend. There are certainly more scenic highlights in the area, but this park is well worth a visit. The trails are usually not very crowded. The Falls River Loop is probably the best trail in the park. The Deschutes Loop is a close second. Mom and I completed the loop along with some extra wandering for just over 7 miles.

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3 months ago

Cougar Woods Loop is a relatively short loop that shows off the scenery in La Pine State Park. I have hiked this trail a few times over the years, but this was the first time with GPS. The trail has apparently changed since it was originally mapped by Open Street Maps, but the route is relatively close in most sections. My route matches the official park trail map on site very closely. Watch for side paths along the river to take in more scenery and add to the distance slightly. All the trails in La Pine State Park are connected, and a longer hike can be experienced by chaining together some of the loops. For a state park, the trails are not usually crazy crowded. There are a campground and day use area in the park as well.

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5 months ago

This is a short but sweet trail that offers a sampling of typical Central Oregon vegetation and serene views of the meandering Deschutes River. Not far from the parking area is the largest ponderosa pine in Oregon, clearly marked. There are longer hikes in the park, and all the trails are connected.

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8 months ago

Super easy trail, great for anyone that wants to take a quick walk through the woods. Quiet, lightly used (I ran into one person on a warm Saturday) and offers varying views, from the river to pockets of dense forest and everything in between. Lots of anglers fishing on the first 1/2 mile, the rest of the time you'll be alone.

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