Central Oregon

Central Oregon is a hiker’s paradise. This region of Oregon covers the east side of the Cascades, where the high desert meets really tall volcanic peaks. This area of Oregon contains the fun city of Bend and trails along rivers, up peaks, into desert canyons, and across volcanic landscapes.

Hiking Central Oregon

This collection of hikes is listed from north to south, but the table may also be sorted alphabetically or by distance to help you pick your next hike. Click on any trail to see a full write-up complete with photos, GPS maps, elevation profiles, directions, and all the other information needed to locate and enjoy these hikes. You can also view hikes around Bend, Oregon on the Hike Finder Map.

Trail
Description
Distance
Location
West Metolius River Trail357West Metolius River Trail
The hike follows the west bank of the Metolius River to impressive gushing springs and a fish hatchery.
5.4 miles
100 feet
44.5011,
-121.6409
Head of the Metolius River Trail360Head of the Metolius
This short hike visits the surprising source of the Metolius River, a gushing spring accompanied by views of Mount Jefferson.
0.5 miles
35 feet
44.4341,
-121.634
Black Butte Trail364Black Butte
The hike summits one of the most identifiable peaks in Central Oregon, which has fire lookout towers and panoramic views of the Cascade Mountains.
4 miles
1550 feet
44.3949,
-121.6476
Archie Briggs Canyon Trail370Archie Briggs Canyon Trail
This short hike descends a ravine to clifftop views over a dramatic canyon on the Deschutes River.
1.25 miles
325 feet
44.0855,
-121.3347
Shevlin Park Loop Trail377Shevlin Loop Trail
This tour of Shevlin Park just a few miles east of Bend explores pine forests on both sides of Tumalo Creek.
4.75 miles
240 feet
44.083,
-121.37785
Pilot Butte Bend380Pilot Butte
This hike spirals up the dominant landmark in Bend to offer sweeping views of majestic surroundings.
1.8 miles
475 feet
44.0579,
-121.2785
Tumalo Falls384Tumalo Falls
See Bend's best waterfall from a downstream viewpoint and take a short hike to an overlook by the top of the falls.
0.5 miles
105 feet
44.032,
-121.56635
Tumalo Falls Loop385Tumalo Falls Loop
This circuit ventures above Tumalo Falls and explores numerous other waterfalls and cascades on Tumalo Creek, combining North Fork Trail, Swampy Lakes Trail, and Bridge Creek Trail.
7.4 miles
1,100 feet
44.032,
-121.56635
Lava Butte Hike Bend387Lava Butte
This hike explores a cinder cone with a fire lookout tower and a crater-circling trail that offer panoramic views over Lava Butte Lava Flow and the Cascade Mountains.
0.35 - 3.85 miles
110 - 520 feet
43.9093,
-121.3576
Trail of the Molten Land Bend390Trail of the Molten Land
This paved partial loop cuts through Lava Butte Lave Flow and is packed with information and views.
1.25 miles
135 feet
43.9093,
-121.3576
Trail of the Whispering Pines Bend395Trail of the Whispering Pines
This interpretive botanical trail explores high desert plants on the edge of Lava Butte Lava Flow.
0.4 miles
5 feet
43.9093,
-121.3576
Benham Falls399Benham Falls
This leisurely hike on Deschutes River Trail gathers views of aggressive cascades on a churning and tumbling stretch of the Deschutes River.
1.9 miles
50 feet
43.93125,
-121.41335
Lava River Cave Hike Bend400Lava River Cave
This underground hike explores a lava tube south of Bend that is filled with fascinating volcanic features.
2 miles
150 feet
43.8954,
-121.3696

Camping in Central Oregon

This is just one of the places to camp in Central, Oregon

Lower Canyon Creek CampgroundLower Canyon Creek Campground
This spacious 7-site campground is sparsely shaded by pines next to the confluence of Canyon Creek and Metolius River.

 

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Tualatin Hills Nature Park Vine Maple Trail Old Wagon Trail Oak Trail Loop Hike Beaverton Oregon
Surrounded by neighborhoods and business on the west side of Beaverton, Tualatin Hills Nature Park's 222 acres are a highly accessibly oasis of forests and wetlands. The relatively flat park has about twenty different trails covering 5 miles. You only need to utilize the park's main three trails, Vine Maple Trail, Old Wagon Trail, and Oak Trail to form an easy 2.1-mile... Read more.
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Tagged with · Beaverton · Free Trails · Tualatin Hills Nature Park · Wheelchair-Friendly
Distance: 2.1 miles · Elevation change: 30 feet
By: Published: Last updated: March 7, 2017
Old Main Trail Red Fox Trail Cedar Trail Middle Creek Trail Maple Ridge Trail Loop Hike Tryon Creek State Natural Area Portland Oregon
Located just five miles from downtown Portland, Tryon Creek State Natural Area preserves 658-acres of lush second-growth forest made up of mossy red cedars and Douglas firs. Many miles of trail and 8 bridges allow visitors to explore the Tryon Creek Watershed. At first glance, the web of trails on the park map is overwhelming, but it actually allows for numerous easy to... Read more.
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Ruth Pennington Trillium Trail Loop Hike Nature Trail Tryon Creek State Natural Area Portland Oregon
Want to learn about the native plants growing in Tryon Creek State Natural Area and elsewhere in the forests around Portland? Take an easy stroll (or roll a wheelchair) around Trillium Trail. This pair of paved loops is located next to Tryon Creek Nature Center and totals just 0.37 miles in length. Markers identify the green things growing along the trail and viewing... Read more.
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Holman Lane Loop Hike Wildwood Trail Birch Trail Loop Forest Park Portland Oregon Birch Trailhead
Forest Park offers nearly instant access to the outdoors for people in Portland, Oregon. Pittock Mansions and the Stone House are popular destinations that can attract weekend crowds in Forest Park. For a quieter hike, combine Holman Lane, a section of Wildwood Trail, and Birch Trail for a 2.7-mile loop with 425 feet of elevation change. Holman Lane and Birch Trail leave... Read more.
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Tagged with · Forest Park · Free Trails · Northwest Portland · Tualatin Mountains · West Hills of Portland
Distance: 2.7 miles · Elevation change: 425 feet
By: Published: Last updated: March 10, 2017
Tumalo Falls Hike Bend Oregon Deschutes National Forest Tumalo Creek North Fork Trail
Tumalo Falls is rightfully considered one of the must-see attractions in Bend, Oregon. The grandest waterfall on Tumalo Creek makes a nearly 100-foot drop from a cliff in Deschutes National Forest west of Bend. Admire the broad single-drop waterfall from a downstream viewpoint that is fifty yards from Tumalo Falls Day Use Area. Then take a half a mile round trip hike to... Read more.
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Tagged with · Bend · Deschutes National Forest · Waterfalls
Distance: 0.5 miles · Elevation change: 105 feet
By: Published: Last updated: March 15, 2017