Explore Central Oregon by Foot

Hiking

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From tree-lined mountain trails to lakeside vistas to volcanic landscapes resembling something from a sci-fi movie, Central Oregon boasts some of the most diverse hiking in the country. Best of all, there’s a trail for every season.

Choose from all-day treks into the Three Sisters Wilderness, or a short stroll along the Deschutes River Trail. Snowy winter trails are sno-problem with a trusty pair of snowshoes, or head for low-elevation spots like the Oregon Badlands Wilderness with acres of dry trails and views of ancient junipers and volcanic rock. 

Want bragging rights for hoofing it up one of the few US volcanoes in the city limits? Pilot Butte State Park is calling your name, or catch more volcanic vistas with a visit to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument to scope out caves, waterfalls, and acres of glittering obsidian.

Do keep in mind that many Bend hikes are crazy-popular all summer, and parking lots can be packed. No space at the trailhead? That’s okay, since you always have a plan B. With hundreds of hikes to pick from, there’s no need to invent your own parking spot by pulling onto fragile forest floors. Just head a few miles down the road to find less-traveled trails.

Below are some great options to get you started. Download our Hiking and Camping Map to print and take with you, or stop by the Bend Visitor Center for more hiking ideas.

Click here for insider tips on how you can Hike Like a Local and ensure Bend’s wild places stay beautiful for your next visit

For info on Bend area park and river trails, go here.

Happy hiking, everyone!

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