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“The mighty Deschutes starts small.”

Deschutes National Forest
Ranked #17 of 98 things to do in Bend
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Encompassing more than 1.6 million acres of Central Oregon, this region extends for about 100 miles with a scenic backdrop of volcanic mountains of the Cascades.
Trabuco Canyon, California
Level 5 Contributor
49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“The mighty Deschutes starts small.”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

I went fishing on the upper Deschutes river above Crane Prairie Lake and Little Lava Lake. I started fishing at Highway 40 crossing and worked my way up along Highway 46. I caught and released 4 brook trout (between 5-11 inches) by working the edge of the main current in the slower moving sections. This river is small set in meadows with fallen ponderosa trees changing the water flow patterns and provding hiding spots for the fish. This wilderness is largely unspoiled and never seems to get crowded even in the summer.

Visited July 2012
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Princeton, NJ
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great hiking!”
Reviewed August 28, 2012

Hiked up Black Butte and also did the Tam-McArthur Rim trail. The former is about an hour, but quite steep. The latter is longer but not as steep. Beautiful views from both!

Visited August 2012
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La Pine
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Biggest Forest, Fun stuff, Great Views”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Ths is the biggest forest in the nation. From The Pacific Crest to East of the Brew Capital of Bend, stretching over 80 miles North to South, with magnificent peaks, gorgeous lakes, vast lava fields, raging rivers and rushing falls. Hundreds of miles of off roading, and hiking trails. World Class Mt Bachelor Ski Resort resides in the heart of it. Visit and indulge. You cannot go wrong.

Visited August 2012
Thank Doug W
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Sisters, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Hunting Wild Mushrooms!”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

Came to the Deschutes National Forest this spring to search for the delectable and elusive forest treasure, the Morel mushroom. I found the forest here to hold some very hard to find but treasured sites to pick these Wild Mushrooms, and I will be returning again next year to hunt more Morels. A great forest with lots of quiet and private places to get away from the hustle and bustle!

Visited May 2012
5 Thank Lorenzo B
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Cleveland, Ohio
Level 6 Contributor
525 reviews
240 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
“Amazing. . don't miss it”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

First, the lava fields are incredible. There is an observation tower that gives you an amazing view of the surrounding area as well as Mt. Washington and Jefferson. As you drive through the lava fields you can see the Three Sisters.
No words to describe this scenery.
If you can begin your drive off Route 126 by getting on 242 and taking that until it connects with Route 20 at Sisters you will experience one of the most scenic and amazing drives in the country. (And we have just come from Glacier and the Oregon/ Washington State Cascade range - which are beautiful, but this is even more lovely and unique). We began at the western end of this road, but you can get it at Sisters and head east.
The road is winding - many curves and tight turns - so no trucks are allowed. The road begins by following the McKenzie River which is a beautiful mountain stream that travels over rocks - with rapids and sparkling water. The trees appear to be old growth forest and line the road with huge dark green pines.
Then all of a sudden the landscape changes and you are in high desert - Ponderosa pines and sandy soil. . .and then the lava fields. The Pacific Crest Trail crosses this road at the McKenzie Pass and there is an observation tower there.
Just an incredible drive - and worth finding this gem if you are in the area.

Visited August 2012
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