Deschutes River Trail - Trail, Bend, Oregon

Deschutes River Trail - Trail, Bend, Oregon

DESCRIPTION

Rolling single track with short sections of dirt or gravel roads. Mostly firm surface with some rocky sections. Spectacular views of river and mountains. Hikers and recreational cyclists may be encountered particularly near Benham Falls. Relatively flat trail. Can be ridden in either direction.

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 03, 2012]
RomaRosie
Weekend Warrior

The reviews on this trail are spot-on. It's a great trail for a beginner like me and, yet, my husband who is an advanced rider had a blast too. It's fast and wide and helped me not be totally freaked out by climbing and downhills with quick switchbacks.

It's breathtakingly beautiful on this trail too! The rolling river on your left is scenic and the rafters coming down will keep your energy pumping with their screaming and hooting with excitement. The trail is flowy with few roots or rocks and a few sandy areas. There is a technical climb up to the Falls (or downhill if you do an out-n-back) but you can easily pick your way through or walk it if you're a newbie.

If you want to introduce someone to mountain biking, this is the trail. It will help them learn and not scare them with too many technical parts. Bring bug repellent because the mosquitoes were literally so thick we had to reapply 3 times on the trail. But it was a great day in the woods regardless!

Customer Service

It's such an easy trail to find that you can hop on and off at so many areas. We took the previous reviewer's advice to hit it on the FS 41 parking lot and go up to the Falls and back.

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4
VALUE
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3
[Apr 15, 2008]
Rock Magnet
Weekend Warrior

Really fun introduction to riding in the Bend area. The scenery is outstanding as you pedal alongside a big river that changes from meandering through meadows to raging in whitewater torrents again and again. No real technical challenges here, just fast pedalling on a shared hiker-biker trail. There is one small grunt of a hill to climb on the upriver direction, but not much else to challenge you. There is potential for conflict with hikers, particularly around the popular waterfall and boat launch areas. The best way to ride seems to be midweek when there are few folks out enjoying the sights. If you are in the area and looking for a first ride, I can't imagine that you would do better than this to get you warmed up for the gnarly trails that abound.

Customer Service

We began at bottom near the Entrada Lodge and rode upstream as far as the Benham Falls bridge below Sun River. Return trip retraced our path back. We did this in the spring when temps were mild, but still ran out of water, forcing us to turn around earlier than we would have liked.

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RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Mar 12, 2007]
Leslie Walker
Downhiller

The trail is really muddy right now. It's like riding in sand for 4 or 5 miles. When it dry's out later this Spring, it will be a great ride. Very beautiful, nice rolling single track along the river with some quick downhill spots to get the blood pumping. This is the first time I have riden this trail and I was very impressed. I am more into downhill stuff that requires you to put your seat down, but I really liked this one. It would be great to take a day and ride it with your G.F., or B.F. and have a nice luch or bottle of wine. Take a camera because the views are awesome!!! There are many place that you can park a car along the way if you don't want to ride the whole trail.

Customer Service

I started from the Lava Butte side, and that way is great if you can get someone to drop you off. You can ride all the way into Bend. I rode up to Century Drive at Widgi Creek which is a gravel road at a boat ramp. If you ride up to Century on this road, you can have a nice coast down to Cascade Lakes Brewery for some great Ale, and Grub..

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Phils trail is great, you can get to so many other trails from it. Stop by Hutches Bike shop on the West side of Bend for all the up to date info. on which trails to ride, and when.

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RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
[Sep 29, 2004]
konaaah
Weekend Warrior

Great little trail with a variety of terrain for a novice. I rode a combination of asphalt, fire roads (with lots of stutter bumps)some great single track with a few sections of tiny whoops, a couple of tight, pedal crunching rock sections and one really steep and dusty downhill. Recommended in spring or after a light rain otherwise dust can be an issue. Great scenery, take some time to enjoy it and see if the rafters can wet ya down!

Customer Service

I rode from the campground at the volcanic monument down four miles of asphalt til I hit the Benham bridge then used a combo of fire roads and single track all the way back to town for a great 19 mile ride.

Similar Products Used:

Phils, don't leave Bend without it !

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
3
[Mar 25, 2004]
powert
Weekend Warrior

Very easy to ride. Good if you want to introduce someone to MTB or looking for something to do with your GF or wife. I rode with clipless pedals for the first time on it and didn't have any falls. There are perhaps 2 tough climbs and one very technical rocky section. MTB can ride on the hiker trail unless where posted. As always, be courteous.

Customer Service

We started at Meadow and rode upstream until we ran out of time. Then we pushed it on the way back.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
2
[Nov 14, 1999]
dave

hard to find, very I went there and it was a good trail, some fast sections, not too technical though, occasional hikers, good trail though

Similar Products Used:

lots around Bend and Sunriver

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4
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[Apr 30, 2000]
Drew

trail is mostly singletrack and has easy technical sections, this is a trail you can enjoy at any level and the scenery is great. trail used alot in peak times, like weekends and summer so watch out for hikers and it is courteous to dismount and let them by as the trail is not wide. great trail for long rides

Customer Service

take the trail from lava islands and head upstream and then when you come back go past the car and hit some easy technical near Widgi then back to the car, this lets you warm up first

Similar Products Used:

Shevlin Park

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5
VALUE
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[May 31, 2000]
Paul Wellner

I've ridden this trail a couple of times and the last time took a good friend of mine who is just starting into mountain biking. We both had a great time as the trail presents all types of single track from technical to cruzin on the waters edge. Love the scenery along the river. Climbs are never too long for the beginner. I ride it whenever I get the chance. Watch out for those hikers though, and get off your bike to look over the edge at the waterfalls or you could get too close of a look.

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RATING
4
VALUE
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[Jul 20, 2000]
Richard

One of my all-time favourite trails. Overall, it's a beginner plus/intermediate minus trail, but it has some good technical challenges, yet nothing too overwhelming. I enjoy it because it's a fast trail with lots of variety and awesome scenery. If you're in Bend, be sure to ride this trail. Go early in the morning (start riding before 8:00 a.m.) and avoid weekends, as it is a well-used trail.

Customer Service

Start at the Meadow Picnic Ground (turnoff is just north of the Widgi Golf Course on Century Drive, FR46 south of Bend) to get the maximum length of trail, maximum technical challenges and avoid the need for a permit to park. It's 13 km (8 miles) and about 45 minutes from the Meadow Picnic Grounds to Benham Falls. The only confusing spot is about 1 km out from Meadow Picnic Grounds, at a "causeway" between two ponds -- follow the causeway and don't take the trails to the right, as they lead away from the river. The route is described in Single Track Anthology's trail guide.

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RATING
5
VALUE
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[Jul 26, 2000]
mike preiser

This ride is a blast and benefits from some dramatic scenery. The river always provides for some cooling pleasure and dust off.

Despite the heavy use, this trail has some nice technical sections, short climbs, Whoops and rafters in swim suits.

This is a must ride if you are a intermediate to skilled rider but enjoyable enough to bring the wife/girlfriend. Or the way some of the Chicas ride in Bend - your husband/boyfriend.

Enjoy and be courteous to all?

Customer Service

From Bend - Go to Mt. Bachelor. Stop at 7-Eleven and fuel up. Turn left just before the golf course. Follow the dirt road till it ends. Start biking - Next stop - Sun River 10.5 miles - 21 round trip

Similar Products Used:

Phils and Ken's loop. 30 miler Bachelor to Bend

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5
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