It’s that time of year again! Spring Break is here.
In Central Oregon, “Spring” can be warm and sunny, or, it can be cold and snowy, so locals jokingly call this time of year “Spring-ter. This year, while there may be snow still trying to melt, it’s looking good to get outside and hit most of the area’s trails. (But let’s face it; we Oregonians will head outside whatever the weather…) Keep in mind that snow and mud are in some places, so plan accordingly –> Read more
One of our personal favorites, and a favorite to many locals and visitors alike, is the Deschutes River Trail. You can hop on the trail at numerous ‘starting points’ and go as far as you’d like – a mile or 10+ miles. And, no matter how far you go, the scenery along the way doesn’t disappoint.
The great thing about this river trail is that it hooks up to many other trail systems around town, so you can start at the Old Mill District shopping area (fuel up with caffeine at Strictly Organic!) and ultimately end up in the middle of the woods. Or, do a quick 3 mile loop past Farewell Bend Park, along the river, and back to the Old Mill area/Riverbend Park.
If you’re visiting Central Oregon, you’ll see why we locals are proud to call it home. The amazing views we get to see every day are almost unreal. From the mountains, to the rivers, to the wooded forest land, each trail you hike (or run, or bike) offers its own charm, beauty, and ‘personality’. And, it doesn’t matter how many times you walk down the same trail, it never, ever gets old.
Here are the 10 Best Spring Hikes In Central Oregon’s High Desert, as compiled by Oregonlive.com/The Oregonian. From the Crooked River Grassland, to the Deschutes River trail, to Smith Rock, and everything in-between, Central Oregon offers something for all hikers – seasoned or beginner.
Quick Links — Central Oregon Trails:
- Hiking Trails in Bend, Oregon and Central Oregon
- Central Oregon Trail Alliance (mountain biking trail info)
- Bend Park & Recreation District trail directory
- Bikers Ready To Hit The Trails, Bend Bulletin (prepare for snow and mud in places)
Happy trails to you!