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Gems in Deschutes National Forest - 1

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gem Favorite The three stunning sunbeams in Sky Light Cave.

Skylight Cave

(2) Sisters, OR

Recommended Routes in Deschutes National Forest - 10

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Favorite North and Middle Sisters from South Sister Summit
Difficult Difficult

South Sister Climber Trail #36

12.2 mi 19.7 km 4,875' Up 1485.97 m Up 4,875' Down 1485.98 m Down

Deschut…, OR
Favorite Green Lakes in front of Broken Top
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult

Green Lakes

9.6 mi 15.4 km 1,154' Up 351.78 m Up 1,154' Down 351.78 m Down

Deschut…, OR
Favorite A snow-decorated Tumalo Falls is your wintertime reward along the North Fork Trail.
Intermediate Intermediate

North Fork to Bridge Creek Loop

7.2 mi 11.5 km 1,128' Up 343.89 m Up 1,127' Down 343.48 m Down

Deschut…, OR
Favorite Mt Bachelor in background (Mili fire of 2017 providing smoke).
Difficult Difficult

Paulina Peak

5.7 mi 9.2 km 1,601' Up 487.89 m Up 1,600' Down 487.75 m Down

La Pine, OR
Favorite Fenced in Sand Spring - please treat all water sources.
Intermediate Intermediate

Oregon Desert Trail (Seg. 2): Sand Spring to Squaw Flat

17.5 mi 28.1 km 666' Up 202.99 m Up 800' Down 243.7 m Down

La Pine, OR
Favorite Whychus Canyon from Rim Trail (11-06-2018)
Intermediate Intermediate

Whychus Canyon Loop

4.9 mi 7.9 km 520' Up 158.39 m Up 520' Down 158.48 m Down

Sisters, OR
Favorite Nice singletrack through the trees.
Intermediate Intermediate

Swampy Lakes Loop

7.8 mi 12.5 km 700' Up 213.29 m Up 700' Down 213.33 m Down

Deschut…, OR
Favorite Paulina Creek
Intermediate Intermediate

Paulina Lake Out and Back

11.8 mi 19.0 km 1,593' Up 485.6 m Up 1,592' Down 485.39 m Down

La Pine, OR

Deschutes National Forest Hiking

  • 1,471 Miles 2,368 Kilometers of Trail
  • 10 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Gem Gems
  • 218 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 131 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 19 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Deschutes National Forest

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Trails in Deschutes National Forest - 358

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3.9 mi 6.2 km #1North Fork Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Bend, OR
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Bend, OR
0.7 mi 1.1 km #2Glacier View Trail
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Sisters, OR
Intermediate/Difficult Intermediate/Difficult
Sisters, OR
3.6 mi 5.8 km #3Three Sisters Traverse
Difficult Difficult
Sisters, OR
Difficult Difficult
Sisters, OR
2.4 mi 3.8 km #4Chush Falls Trail #4080
Easy Easy
Sisters, OR
Easy Easy
Sisters, OR
0.7 mi 1.1 km #5Blue Lagoon Trail
Easy Easy
Sunriver, OR
Easy Easy
Sunriver, OR
4.1 mi 6.6 km #6Tiddlywinks Lower
Difficult Difficult
Deschutes River Woods, OR
Difficult Difficult
Deschutes River Woods, OR
2.6 mi 4.1 km #7Tumalo Creek Trail West #25.1
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Deschutes River Woods, OR
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Deschutes River Woods, OR
1.6 mi 2.6 km #8Little Crater Loop Trail
Intermediate Intermediate
La Pine, OR
Intermediate Intermediate
La Pine, OR
0.6 mi 0.9 km #9Vista Butte Trail #40.2
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Deschutes River Woods, OR
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Deschutes River Woods, OR
0.2 mi 0.4 km #10Davis Canyon Loop Trail
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Deschutes River Woods, OR
Easy/Intermediate Easy/Intermediate
Deschutes River Woods, OR

Photos of Deschutes National Forest - 279

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Tarn at the base of Lewis Glacier
Jul 12, 2018 near Sisters, OR
Sisters from Bachelor
Jul 12, 2018 near Deschut…, OR
View of three sisters from ridge
Jul 27, 2018 near Bend, OR
View of South Sister looking across Sparks Lake
Jun 23, 2020 near Deschut…, OR
The three stunning sunbeams in Sky Light Cave.
Jul 5, 2020 near Sisters, OR
South Sister at sunset from Sparks Lake.
Jul 6, 2020 near Deschut…, OR
South Sister from Sparks Lake.
Jul 6, 2020 near Deschut…, OR
A sunset view over the entire caldera from the viewing area a little past the parking lot.
Aug 31, 2020 near La Pine, OR