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Deschutes River Trail – Central Oregon

  • Length:
    13.8 miles
  • Difficulty:
  • Nearby Cities:
    Bend, La Pine, Redmond, Sisters, Terrebonne
  • Region:
    Central Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Non-technical, River Views, Single-Track

Trailhead Elevation: 4497 ft


In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

Trailhead: Ride from Bend or Sunriver and park at Meadow Camp (off Cascade Lakes Highway – shown on map as trailhead) or park at the Benham Falls Picnic Area (off Hwy. 97 – shown on map as trail end).

Highlights: Incredible scenery and riding as the trail rolls along the banks of the Deschutes River. Up-close views of several sections of Class VI whitewater. If you want a bit more vertical away from the crowds, try the climb up Benham Butte; the views are worth it.

Seasons: Spring, summer, fall

A detailed map of this route and others nearby is available through Adventure Maps, an Oregon company, at local bike shops and outdoor retailers, as well as online at

Check out additional info from the International Mountain Bicycling Association’s MTB Project:


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