Deschutes River South Canyon Trail

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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.

Distance: 3.1 miles Elevation Gain: 137 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

walking

running

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
23 days ago

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.

hiking
28 days ago

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/

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.

running
snow
1 month ago

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

hiking
2 months ago

Pretty walk nice views of the river.

hiking
no shade
3 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

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.

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

Perfect dog walk along the river.

hiking
no shade
4 months ago

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.

hiking
4 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
5 months ago

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.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Beautiful trail, very scenic, busy

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

hiking
6 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

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.

Easy stroll

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful river views! Always my go to for a nice and relatively easy hike

hiking
8 months ago

Easy hike with lots of nice river views. Lots of markers along the way explaining the history, terrain, etc.

Great hike, nice views. Great for running too!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful towards sunset! We saw a herd of deer cross over the trail. It’s a pretty easy path but well worth the time.

hiking
snow
9 months ago

Beautiful hike on a cool Saturday. No poles needed but watch for icy spots. Challenging to find parking.

hiking
snow
10 months ago

great local walk if you don't want to leave town. excellent for trail running. beautiful beautiful beautiful hike whenlayered with thick snow.

walking
Fri Jan 04 2019

Perfect little walking trail.

Tue Oct 02 2018

pleasant easy walk

Wed Sep 12 2018

Love most of this trail, don't love the section that's on the side of the road, but otherwise a great easy trail and some great sections along the river.

Fri Aug 24 2018

a simple loop along an awesome river. great spots to rest and spin words in your head about the beauty and power of the water and surroundings.

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