Fall River Trail

Deschutes National Forest

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Fall River Trail


  • Fall River Trailhead.- Fall River Trail
  • A beaver dam near the trailhead.- Fall River Trail
  • Ice crystals forming on the water.- Fall River Trail
  •  The bridge connecting the loop trail.- Fall River Trail
  • View of the calm Fall River.- Fall River Trail
  • Beavers doing what beavers do best.- Fall River Trail
  • Hiking along the "fishermans path" near the Fall River.- Fall River Trail
  • Fall River Guard Station.- Fall River Trail
  • Though humble, this pool is part of the headwaters for the entire river! - Fall River Trail
  • Vibrant moss lines the river bottom- Fall River Trail
  • Some of the many trees that have fallen across the river to the opposite bank.- Fall River Trail
  • Beavers starting their felling process, creating wetlands that provide food and keep them safe from predators.- Fall River Trail
  • A vivid moss-covered rock.- Fall River Trail
  • Ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa) and sky reflected in Fall River's tranquil headwaters.- Fall River Trail
  • It's about ready...- Fall River Trail
Overview + Weather
Great fly fishing. Beaver activity. Reflective water.
Loop trail is obstructed by numerous fallen trees.
Central Oregon, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
50.00 ft (15.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.90 mi (3.06 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
4,250.00 ft (1,295.40 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Easily accessible to anyone, Fall River offers fantastic fly fishing and a short 2-mile loop hike to the headwaters and back. The springs that are the source of the river are about a mile west from the trailhead and campground, and the subterranean source reinforces the sense that the river the emerges out of nowhere! From these origins, the river meanders through old ponderosa pines until it connects with the Deschutes River 12 miles downstream. The calm, still water is a sanctuary for beavers, trout, and mountain whitefish. 

The loop trail to the headwaters offers two different paths to take. Both the fisherman's path and the Fall River Trail follow the same bank. The return trip is limited to the fisherman's path on the opposite bank, however, and this route has multiple fallen trees that block the trail. Try to consider it a fun challenge and an invitation rather than a burden. Eventually both trails will merge at the wooden foot bridge just across from the trailhead. Bring your lunch, as there are plenty of opportunities to sit and gaze at the reflections of this amazing river any time of the year.

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