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Deschutes River South Canyon Trail

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Riverbend Park

Deschutes River South Canyon Trail is a 3.1 mile loop trail located near Bend, Oregon that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 3.1 mi Elevation gain 137 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

Walking

Running

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Reviews (401)
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Recordings (352)
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Lindsay Bryant
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Hiking

Currently set as one-way counter clockwise.

Spenser Cammack
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Hiking

Nice beautiful walk/hike that is in town but mostly feels out of town. Trail is currently set to walk counter clockwise and would be nice if everyone respected that.

Julianne Willis
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Hiking

Great to walk/run with my dog. Mostly flat, patches of shade, runs along the River the entire time so my dog doesn’t over heat and is dirt/ gravel so his paws don’t get too hot.

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Danny Goll
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Hiking

Beautiful walk

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Derrick Bryant
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Hiking

Lightly trafficked. Easy peasy.

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Tralain Benner
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Hiking

Great little trail along the South Canyon. Moderately trafficked on an overcast Corona day! Lots of sweet pups off leash, friendly hikers, & lots of nature sounds! There are several options to veer off the main trail & several spots along the river to stop for some photos or a snack. I will surely hike this trail again!

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PhLo M
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Hiking

Beautiful day for this walk. The two sides of the loop are limited to one way on each side: South on the west side and north on the east side. Mom and I took the more adventurous paths on either side that require a little more rock hopping, but with more interesting scenery as a reward for the efforts. I love this kind of added adventure, but I have to make sure Mom can also safely follow along on my chosen routes. The Deschutes is crazy beautiful and wild looking along this loop. I've done this walk a number of times, but it never gets old or ordinary.

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Nicole Malone
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Hiking

Trail is open and is one-way to minimize contact. Jogged the trail at noon. Parks had quite a few people sunbathing/picnicking, but the trail was pretty empty.

Jomaris Vargas
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Hiking

Great walk in the park. Because of the stay at home order everyone and their mother is on this trail. I’d avoid this one for a while until this order passes.

Donna Haole Valenzuel
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11 of 52. Deschutes River South Canyon Trail. It was a bright, sunny, perfect temperature day in Bend. Out we went. There were a lot more people in the trail, but we all kept our distance. This was more of a domestic, in city, trail, but the farther we got out, the less people we encountered. Beautiful as usual, good domestic “walk” hike. But, My preference is really to be out in the middle of nowhere trail. My highlight was not only the beauty but having my whole family with me in this “hike”.

Mir Gha
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Hiking

Beautiful trail with gorgeous views of the river. It was icy in a spot or 2 but other than that fairly easy and flat. Lots of kids and dogs.

Roger Jenkins
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Hiking

It was as if I had stepped into the wilderness even though I was still in a city. For my full trip report with pictures see ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’: http://oregonhikingpursuingbalancethruadventure.business.blog/2019/12/14/deschutes-river-trail/

Rebekah Hammond
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Hiking

Very icy in some spots still but otherwise nice day for a hike with a bit warmer weather. Trees, etc decorated for the holidays. Nice but I hope these decorations done end up scattered in the environment.

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Mickey Toth
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RunningSnow

Pleasant trail. Hills have some snow/ice on them so be careful. Otherwise it’s in great condition

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Laurie Katz
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Hiking

Pretty walk nice views of the river.

Zachary Anderson
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HikingNo shade

good casual hike or good to take the dog out on. lots of small trails that branch off of the main trail very easy to get lost so make sure you have the all trails map on to ensure you can get back. good views of the mountains in certain areas.

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Ami Amore
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Hiking

I enjoyed this trail! It was pretty easy but good exercise and beautiful scenery especially in the autumn!

Ames Lee
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Hiking

This was a great scenic walk in the city. It takes you along the river, weaving in and around canyons. Beautiful birds, and signage for what types of trees you’re walking by. Good for all types of people. Good running trail as well. Bring your camera. There are some amazing views.

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Jessie Elizabeth
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Hiking

Great easy trail that’s a bit longer than the others close to downtown. Bend.

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Mandi Chestler
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Hiking

Perfect dog walk along the river.

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HikingNo shade

An easy, paved trail along both sides of the river. Plenty of grassy areas, places to fish, ride bikes, rent a paddle board or tube for floating. Walk, jog, bike, bring your dog. Easy access to dood and drinks.

Mark Pappalardo
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Hiking

This was the first trail my fiancé and I hit after arriving in Bend. What a fantastic way to start the trip. The scenery and rapid river was so amazing. Super easy and enjoyable walk.

Julie Fisher
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Hiking

Great 3 mile trail for days you have only an hour to spare. A little up and down but pretty minimal. Pretty views of the river. Not hard.

Julie Fisher
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Hiking

Nice 3 mile hike along the river. A little up and down but nothing excessive. Shaded maybe a little less than 1/4 of the time at noon. Great to do if you only have an hour or 1.5 hrs.

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Misty Manges
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Beautiful trail, very scenic, busy

Rebekah Hammond
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Hiking

Nice easy hike today. Not too crowded for this time of year. Deschutes still fairly high from snow melt. Beautiful and peaceful at side trails

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DJ Moreau
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Hiking

Great for family. Shade all along the route. Saw baby quail, many birds and flowers.

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Adam Mandel
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Hiking

A great, very easy hike along a beautiful stretch of the river. Can get close to the rapids, see wildlife, and dogs. Informative signs along the way are interesting.

amari holmes
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Hiking

Easy stroll

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Cherise C.
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Hiking

Nice easy walk along the river surrounded by lava rocks, trees lots of birds

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