Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach

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  • Deschutes River from the footbridge.- Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • - Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • Gray rabbitbrush (Ericameria nauseosa).- Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • Ponderosa pine (Pinus ponderosa).- Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • Deschutes River, South Canyon Reach.- Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • Deschutes River, South Canyon Reach.- Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • Deschutes River, South Canyon Reach.- Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • Trail through lodgepole pines (Pinus contorta) on the trail's east side.- Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • The river's east side bouldering area.- Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • - Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • - Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • Red-osier dogwood (Cornus-sericea).- Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
  • A swimming hole and beach just northeast of the Reed Market Road bridge in Farewell Bend Park.- Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Hike in the middle of Bend. Wild and scenic river landscape. Swimming hole.
Cons: 
Very heavily used. Not all portions of trail are on public land.
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Region:
Central Oregon, OR
Congestion: 
High
Pets allowed: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
100.00 ft (30.48 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Suitable for: 
Hiking
Biking
Total Distance: 
3.20 mi (5.15 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,700.00 ft (1,127.76 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Whether you are visiting Bend for the first time or you are a long-time local, this roughly 1.5-mile trail runs along one of the town's most enjoyable and easily accessible stretches of river.

The South Canyon Reach is part of the Deschutes River Trail System and begins at either Riverbend Park or Farewell Bend Park just upriver of the Old Mill District.  Both parks are perfect for letting the kids run around, tossing the frisbee around, or simply heading out for a picnic.  Farewell Bend Park is also a popular put-in for floating the Deschutes, and it has a kid-friendly swimming hole and beach for hot summer days.

Once you are on the trail south of Reed Market Road you will quickly enter a wild and scenic canyon shaded by giant ponderosa pines and lined with tall sagebrush, snowbrush and gray rabbitbrush.  After 1.6 miles you will reach a footbridge that makes for an ideal turn-around spot.  If you wish to continue, there is an extension trail along the Central Oregon Irrigation District's property that leads all the way to a little residential pocket park called River Canyon Park.

Note:  The majority of the trail on the west side of the Deschutes is on private property with access granted by Mount Bachelor Village. However, bicycles are not permitted along this section of the trail.

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