Central Oregon’s Deschutes River: Dillon Falls, April 2018

Easy stroll along the Deschutes River just outside Bend, Oregon Distance: 6.6 miles round trip (shorter and longer options available) Type: out and back Difficulty: easy Best season: spring – fall After two days of hiking at Smith Rock State Park, we had just one day remaining in the Bend area. High on my bucket …

Central Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park: Summit Loop, April 2018

Connect several of Smith Rock’s best trails for this stunning round trip loop around the park Distance: 7.7 miles round trip Type: loop Difficulty: moderately difficult with approximately 1,650′ elevation gain Best season: spring and fall (hot in summer and icy in winter) Smith Rock is a 650 acre state park in central Oregon’s high …

Central Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park: Canyon Trail, April 2018

Short & easy hike with great views of Smith Rock State Park’s towering cliffs & meandering Crooked RiverĀ  Distance: 2.0-3.0 miles roundtrip Type: out and back with loop option available Difficulty: easy after a ~150′ drop down to the canyon floor Best season: spring and fall (hot in summer, icy in winter) After our morning …

Central Oregon’s Smith Rock State Park: Misery Ridge Trail, April 2018

Colorful rock formations delight hikers on this steep and rocky trail Distance: 4.0 miles round trip give or take depending on route choice Type: lollipop  Difficulty: moderately strenuous with a total elevation gain around 900′ (most of the gain is over a half mile rocky stretch) Best season: spring and fall (hot in summer, icy …

Central Oregon’s White River Falls State Park, April 2018

Stunning waterfall with historic hydroelectric plant at this remote Oregon State Park Distance: 1.0 mile roundtrip  Type: out and back Difficulty: easy distance but the trail down to the powerhouse is fairly steep and rocky. Be careful to watch your footing on the rocks as well as keep an eye out for poison oak and …