Scout Camp Trail

Central Oregon, Oregon

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Scout Camp Trail


  • Juniper trees on the Central Oregon plateau.- Scout Camp Trail
  • First view of the canyon and the Cascades in the distance.- Scout Camp Trail
  • Looking northwest toward Wychus Creek.- Scout Camp Trail
  • A slightly different shot of the canyon with the Wychus Creek tributary in the center.- Scout Camp Trail
  • Canyon walls.- Scout Camp Trail
  • Midpoint of the trail looking southeast through the canyon.- Scout Camp Trail
  • Deschutes River just downstream of Wychus Creek junction.- Scout Camp Trail
  • Looking north along the Deschutes River toward Carcass Canyon.- Scout Camp Trail
Overview + Weather
Varied terrain. Easy day trip. Deschutes River Canyon.
Tricky driving directions. Can be very hot and exposed in summer.
Central Oregon, OR
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
700.00 ft (213.36 m)
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,800.00 ft (853.44 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Although the lack of snow in Central Oregon this winter has put a damper on snow recreation, it has afforded unseasonable hiking opportunities. This relatively new trail tucked in behind Crooked River Ranch is an ideal way to cope with poor snow accumulation by enjoying some of the middle Deschutes Wild and Scenic River area.

This 2.5-mile trail passes through classic Central Oregon pine and juniper forest before traversing switchbacks for 600 feet of descent into the canyon. The trail then meanders along the river for roughly 1 mile with a few natural rest and relaxation points before meeting the confluence with Wychus Creek. At this juncture there is a very small rock scramble before the climb back out of the canyon.  

This trail could easily be linked with an exploration of Steelhead Falls, the Otter Bench Trail, Smith Rock, or the Cove Palisades. Note that the trailhead has neither water nor bathrooms.

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