Dry River Canyon Trail

EASY 8 reviews

Dry River Canyon Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Bend, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from August until February. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
104 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

One of the most breathtakingly beautiful trails in Central Oregon, the Dry Canyon River Trail winds through a deep lava canyon in the Badlands east of Bend, Oregon. It is closed seasonally for wildlife habitat/mating season from February 1 - August 31. This trail is a great one for all levels. There are breathtaking views including ancient geological formations and foliage, as well as wildlife including Mountain Goats, who roam freely over the steep rocky sides of the canyon. After about 2.3 miles, the trail disappears into a large rockfall for about 50 yards. Only experience hikers who feel comfortable rock-hopping should continue. After the rockfall, the trail continues to the end of the canyon, about another 0.75 miles. During winter months, the trail is VERY, VERY icy. Closed February 1 - August 31 for wildlife breeding season.

hiking
27 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
4 months ago

Closed much of the year, due to Falcon breeding. Nice hike this Xmas with plenty of snow, just wear gaiters. Park right off exit and walk by humps to TH. You can get ~2 miles out and same back, but you can then take other pathways.https://www.blm.gov/or/districts/prineville/recreation/files/Badlands_Overview_Map.pdf

hiking
9 months ago

This is not the location of this trail. The trail is out hwy 20. We are locals, and hike dry river canyon all the time. This is a bad waypoint.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Monday, September 29, 2014

found the trail head about Mike marker 18. at mile marker 20 is a sign that tells a bout the canyon. was a cool hike.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tried to find it but the map did not take me far enough out. Was about 10 miles short of the trail head. Will go out again to find it.

hiking
Thursday, January 09, 2014

Breathtaking, beautiful trail for all levels. Rock-hopping optional. Natural geological formations, ancient Juniper trees, incredible views, unique wildlife (Mountain Goats). During winter months the trail is EXTREMELY ICY. Remember to be respectful of private property close by. Recommended for everyone!