Explore the most popular birding trails near Blue River with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 months ago

A few friends and I backpacked this loop last August. We entered at the Devil’s lake trailhead and proceeded counter clockwise from there. We made it as far as camp lake which is a amazing side trip and worth the extra distance. Unfortunately, we were diverted from there due to a large wildfire north of Camp Lake. Rangers had closed the entire west side of the loop and were rerouting PCT hikers east and then south to avoid problems. We ended up circumnavigating Broken Top and cut the trip short. I will most certainly be going back to finish this loop. Be sure to secure permits for the Obsidian area in advance of your trip, they’re limited.

backpacking
3 months ago

Loved Three-Sisters- although this trail is not 35 mi- it is 45-50 miles depending on your entry point. I hiked clock-wise over 3 days 3 nights beginning at Pole Creek- there is no camping in the burn area at Pole Creek until you reach your first unnamed lake. There was no campfires allowed in Deschutes when I was there- which was not long after the big fire. This may have changed but I would check before going. Green Lakes was amazing, I went swimming in the water and spent plenty of time enjoying myself there, as I suggest to anyone taking this loop! Obsidian Falls was beautiful as well, but again- you can't camp here without special permits. Collier Cone was a long ascent and had limited water- but we never ran out. Overall it was amazing and 10/10 would return.

11/19/17. There's road construction on the South Fork McKenzie River bridge that has closed the road. Unless you want to drive all the way around the lake you will have to wait till the end of November, at least, before the road reopens.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Like others said, it's pretty easy until you get close to the falls. I wanted the money shot, so it required some trekking across the river and some climbing onto some rocks, but nothing too scary. Once you get close to the falls, you can feel the mist from the water. Feels really good if you go up on a hot, summer day!

hiking
6 months ago

We just tried to do this hike today and both the French Pete Campground and trail are closed because of the fires this summer!!

Easy hike. Only suggestion I have is to pay attention to the signs.

Loved it!

Beautiful trail and waterfall. Get to walk through volcano rocks. Plenty of shade.

Beautiful waterfall, easy and fun hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Great waterfall generally a very easy hike till just before you get to the falls, some steepness, but nothing to serious, Eastern half of the loop is easier footing then the western half, start & finish the east if you want an easier hike

Absolutely beautiful waterfall. A bit of walking through the water to get a great shot of the waterfalls. Easy hike!

backpacking
9 months ago

This hike is a must!! Backpacked in for a couple nights .. It was amazing .. The waterfalls were breathtaking hands down best hikes I've Done in a while..

hiking
9 months ago

Left Bend around noon, made it to the trail head at one. We hiked all the way up the river to the falls. One of the most amazing hikes I have done in a long time. I have been backpacking and hiking my entire life and can honestly say this is a must do trail. You won't be disappointed. You can hike it in a day or take your packs and make an overnight trip of it. We started to hike out around 4 and made it back to the truck around 6-ish. Made the drive back to Bend with plenty of sun still in the sky.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
10 months ago

Was a very fun and beautiful hike. Amazing waterfalls. Wear shoes that you can get a little wet! And bring a camera!

hiking
10 months ago

The trail to the top of Lowder is fairly easy to follow and had great views, but beware if you are trying to take either of the two trails heading west. Trail 3329 heading toward Yankee Mountain is incorrectly labeled as Walker Creek and is not maintained. With it's southern exposure, it is extremely overgrown and difficult to follow - more frustrating than fun. I never could find the real Walker Creek Trail (3330). I tried looking for it on my way up and back to the top of Lowder but never found any sign of it. I think the USFS has decided to just let these two trails fade away.

hiking
10 months ago

I just did this trail today with my girlfriend. It's a great quick little loop to see two beautiful waterfalls. If you are traversing the McKenzie Pass on your way to Eugene or to Bend, make sure to make the quick stop. You won't regret it.

hiking
10 months ago

Wear mosquito repellant and bring your trunks! Hike requires a lot of focus on your feet (due to frequent roots) which takes away from some of the enjoyment. That said, the ho-hum hike is definitely worth it because the Tenas Lakes are awesome.

Super easy hike. Well worth it. Wasn't too bad climbing down into water to put feet in. Freezing!!! Easy hike for kids. $5 to park unless you have an annual pass.

Super easy hike. Well worth it. Wasn't too bad climbing down into water to put feet in. Freezing!!! Easy hike for kids. $5 to park unless you have an annual pass.

hiking
10 months ago

Generally short hike. Gorgeous views. Mostly covered but bring a hat/sunscreen if you're fair skinned. The hike does involve climbing over/under large fallen trees and scaling some rocks/straight up dirty side hills. Not for someone with injury or physical limitation. Doable but may be difficult! Parking was terrible, parking is on the side of the road around blind corners so be careful! be prepared to walk. $5 for parking if you find it.

on Linton Lake Trail

hiking
10 months ago

Fantastic way to spend the 4th of July!!! Beautiful hike and had it mostly to our selves. It did get a little hot on the way out so I would recommend an early in and out. The bear grass and the pen stamen were spectacular.

Great trail! Best if you can hike it end to end. Unfortunately, the regional utility is doing needed improvements and has FLOODED a section of the trail below Carmen Diversion reservoir. The water is about 3 feet deep-for the next couple years

hiking
10 months ago

A short easy hike to a nice lake. A bit overused imo, some human waste in certain areas around the campsites. Not too buggy for the season considering there are a few boggy areas around the lake. Not very windy and beautiful late day su A short cut-off trail back to 242 exists

The lower falls trail is a bit challenging but the falls are BEAUTIFUL! And there is a viewpoint that is easy to get to, worth the hike. The upper falls are amazing in that the water just disappears. The entirety of the trails are awesome and so worth the trip. It's mostly shaded but there is some sunny areas so pack a hat. Lots of people so parking may be challenging on a busy weekend and don't forget your NW Forest parking pass or $5 to park.

hiking
10 months ago

Little work for a lot of payoff! Easy hike to two of the state's many picturesque waterfalls. Feeling adventurous? Continue your journey to the lower falls, climbing over roots, logs and rocks and Wade through the creek right up to the falls. Loads of good old fashioned fun for a quick weekend getaway just over an hour from town. Parking may be a challenge depending on the time of day but be patient, it's worth it!

Love the berries along this little gem

hiking
10 months ago

Short and fun hike with the kids and dog. Busy on a Saturday long weekend afternoon - difficult to find parking. View is beautiful, water is cold.

Nice, shady trail for the first hike of the season. it is a little rocky in places with some easy climbs.There are two small detours off the main trail to the lower and higher falls. The lower falls ends in a beautiful pond. Tidy, clean bathroom on site.

hiking
11 months ago

FYI Mckenzie Hwy is closed from Nov till July 1 approx. so its really tuff to get there unless its summer

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