From tree-lined mountain trails to lakeside vistas to volcanic landscapes that look like something from a sci-fi movie, Central Oregon boasts some of the most diverse hiking in the country. There’s truly a trail for everyone, so which will you choose?
Snowy winter trails are sno-problem with a trusty pair of snowshoes, especially if you head for one of five Sno-parks off Century Drive. Not a fan of the white stuff? Bend boasts plenty of low-elevation spots like the Oregon Badlands Wilderness with acres of dry trails and views of ancient junipers and volcanic rock. You can also keep it closer to town with an urban hike along the paved pathways through the Old Mill District, or take a brisk, wintry stroll along the Deschutes River in Drake Park.
Do keep in mind that many Bend hikes are crazy-popular at certain times of the year, and parking lots can be packed. No space at the trailhead? That’s okay if you 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.
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