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Bend Travel Guide

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Mountain Bike Tracks at Paulina Lakes and Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Mountain Bike Tracks at Paulina Lakes and Newberry National Volcanic Monument

One of the "signature" mountain bike trips in Central Oregon, this ride runs around and through the caldera comprising the main part of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. Trails are excellent....

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
South Sister Summit
South Sister Summit

The South Sister, also known as Charity, is Oregon's third highest mountain. The hike to the top is very difficult, but fairly easy as far as climbing mountains can go, as there is indeed a trail...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Broken Top Standard Summit Route
Broken Top Standard Summit Route

On this hike we took the long route around Broken Top past Green Lakes to ascend the complete Northwest Ridge and then return via a loop trail to the lakes on the descent. To be honest we had trouble...

Tumalo Mountain Backcountry Ski
Tumalo Mountain Backcountry Ski

This 1,300 ft ascent is a great cheap alternative to skiing at Mt. Bachelor across the street. There is a really nice northeast bowl at the top that is skiable in good snow conditions and the views...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Pilot Butte (Nature Trail)
Pilot Butte (Nature Trail)

In Bend for the day? Don't have time to get out and take advantage of all the surrounding area?

Give Pilot Butte a try!

It's a quick mile each way from the base to the summit, short enough that...

Rated 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Obsidian Trail - Newberry Crater
Obsidian Trail - Newberry Crater

This is a very cool interpretive loop over a 1,300 year old obsidian lava flow below Paulina Peak in Newberry Crater. You'll pass by lava rock that is as smooth as glass (and sharp - be careful)....

Paulina Peak att Sunrise - Newberry National Volcanic Monument
Paulina Peak att Sunrise - Newberry National Volcanic Monument

This is one of those "must see" things in Oregon. You can easily drive to the top of this peak which happens to be the highest point of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument. My suggestion is that...

Paulina Creek Falls - Newberry Crater Volcanic Monument
Paulina Creek Falls - Newberry Crater Volcanic Monument

In the winter time the Peter Ogden trailhead is the furthest the road to Paulina Lake is plowed (mostly for snowmobile use). From this trailhead you'll head through the woods for almost 3 miles to...

Tumalo Falls and Double Falls
Tumalo Falls and Double Falls

This is a short 2 mile hike to two beautiful waterfalls on Tumalo Creek beneath Broken Top Mountain. The first one you encounter is the largest at 97 feet while the 2nd (Double Falls) drops 30 and...

Big Obsidian Flow - Newberry Crater
Big Obsidian Flow - Newberry Crater

There are few places in the continental United States where you can walk in a landscape so utterly foreign. The Big Obsidian Flow is a patch of black and grey volcanic glass covering about 4 square...

Lava Butte - Newberry Crater National Monument
Lava Butte - Newberry Crater National Monument

This guide will take you up Lava Butte and to the Lava Lands Visitor Center in Newberry Crater National Monument. There is a great visitor center to explore and a short interpretive trail you can...

South Sister Summit Guide
South Sister Summit Guide

I got to the Devil's Lake trail head and started on the South Sister Summit trail at about 10am.  It was hot at first in the woods but the wind was blowing like crazy about halfway up and then it...

Broken Top Ski Descent of SW Ridge and Crater Bowl
Broken Top Ski Descent of SW Ridge and Crater Bowl

This is a really amazing trip. Although the trudge in on closed forest service roads from the Tumalo parking lot is tough the terrain you will ski makes up for it. Snowmobiles are allowed here so if...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Pamelia Lake
Pamelia Lake

Trail meanders along the picturesque Pamelia Creek through old-growth rain forest-like Douglas-fir, hemlock, and western red cedar stands. Plentiful water supports lush growth throughout the summer...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
South Sister Spring Backcountry Skiing
South Sister Spring Backcountry Skiing

This is a beautiful ski descent of the tallest Sister in the Sister Wilderness at just over 10,000 feet in elevation. You'll climb nearly 5,000 feet of vertical so make sure your legs are ready....

Lava Cast Forest
Lava Cast Forest

This is a cool little trail that takes you through a lava flow.  As the lava flowed around trees it left casts/holes of where the tree was. 

Formed approximately 7,000 years ago when hot molten lava...

Shevlin Park - Canyon Rim Loop
Shevlin Park - Canyon Rim Loop

Shevlin Park is a haven located less than three miles from Bend and a perfect location for hiking, jogging, fishing, cross country skiing and picnicking. There is an extensive trail and pathway system...

Rated 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Duffy Lake & Red Butte
Duffy Lake & Red Butte

Duffy Lake & Red Butte is about 12.7 miles long and located near Marion Forks, Oregon. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a full day.

Trail up to Duffy Lake is pretty easy, with one...

Proxy Falls
Proxy Falls

6,000 years ago glaciers cut this canyon out, now these two falls run over the glacier cut cliff. Lava from cinder cones near North Sister then filled the valley floor. As the water falls over the...

Linton Lake
Linton Lake

This is a great trip to take kids on their first hike or possibly their first backpacking trip, as the trail is fairly short and very flat.

Along the way to the lake look out for Oregon grape.

The...

Tumalo Falls Loop
Tumalo Falls Loop

The viewpoint for Tumalo Falls is a few steps from the parking lot or a short trail to the top. The top is a must worth the 5 minute walk.

The 89 foot fall along Tumalo Creek is one of the tallest...

Rated 3 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Devils Lake Trail
Devils Lake Trail

Devils Lake Trail is about 6.0 miles long and located about 15-20 miles west of Bend, Oregon. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes 2-3 hours.

Nice day hike. Steady uphill through forest...

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