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Pets allowed
Allowed
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall

Congestion

High

Parking Pass

Not Required

Pros

Varied terrain. Easy day trip. Deschutes River Canyon.

Cons

Tricky driving directions. Can be very hot and exposed in summer.

Trailhead Elevation

2,800.00 ft (853.44 m)

Net Elevation Gain

700.00 ft (213.36 m)

Features

Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Wildflowers
Fishing
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide

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