Hiking Bend Oregon
Hiking in Bend Oregon is fantastic! There is a huge selection of trails, terrain, and scenery for hikers of all skill levels and stamina. We certainly can’t list all your hiking options here, but we have compiled a great started list of some of the best hikes near Bend worth considering when you visit.
Have questions about hiking in Bend? Don’t hesitate to contact us for more help. As locals, we spend an abundant amount of our time outdoors hiking, biking, and climbing! Check out our Bend Local Area Guide for other great recommendations to partake in during your Bend adventure.
Reminders for Hiking Trails Near Bend
- Adventure and explore in ways that are respectful to the land, wildlife, and the other people on the trails.
- Remember to bring plenty of water while you are hiking and playing in the Bend, as our climate can often cause visitors who exert themselves to get dehydrated.
- Stay on the trail. Bend Oregon hiking is beautiful because residents and visitors respect minimal impact practices.
- Please pick up after yourself, if you pack it in, it’s expected that you pack it out.
Recommended Hiking Trails Bend, Oregon
Deschutes River South Canyon Trail – This is a 3.1-mile easy loop hike located just outside of town and, on average, takes 1 hour to complete. An excellent place for hiking, biking, and trail running. The best times to use the trail are usually around May through November. Dogs are welcome and can be off leash in some areas.
Pilot Butte – This is a 1.8-mile out and back trail that allows dogs but they must be on a leash. The trail is open year-round and is a great visit any time. Once on top of the butte, there are views of all the Oregon Cascades and the surrounding high desert.
Benham Falls Trail – Enjoy the easy 1.5 out and back trail that is welcome to dogs on leash and is open all year long. On average, it takes 30 minutes to complete.
Tumalo Falls via Tumalo Creek Trail – This is a 6.4-mile out and back hike that is a popular hiking and mountain biking trail in the Deschutes National Forest. Starting from the Skyliners trailhead parking lot, it leads to incredible views of Tumalo Falls. Well maintained, this trail, on average, takes two and a half hours to complete.
Tumalo Mountain Trail – This is a 4-mile out and back hiking trail with an elevation gain of 1,423 ft. One of the best views in Central Oregon that is easy to access.
Sparks Lake Trail – This is a 19.5-mile in and out hike with a 1,591 ft elevation gain. The best time to hike this trail is April thru September, based on the weather. Dogs are welcome on the path but need to be on a leash. This hike is also excellent for bird watching and mountain biking.
Bend Glacier & No Name Lake – This is a 13.3-mile challenging out and back hike that gains 2,657 ft in elevation and requires a limited entry permit before entering. Visit the Forest Service page for more information on the permits needed. We also recommend a high clearance vehicle just to reach the trailhead. The hike itself takes on average six and a half hours to complete.
Mount Bachelor Trail – This is a 6.5-mile in and out hike and is only available when the ski resort is not in operation. Hikers must start the hike to Mount Bachelor at the West Village base area, at the base of the Pine Marten lift. You will gain 2,742ft of elevation throughout the hike.
South Sister Trails – This is an 11.6-mile out and back hike with a 4,986 ft elevation gain. You will need to obtain a day-use or overnight permit as the average time it takes to complete the trail is almost 9 hours. See the Forest Service page for more information.
Other Great Outdoor Bend, Oregon Activities
Interested in other outdoor activities and trails? Our Mountain Biking, Nordic Skiing and Snowshoeing pages offer additional trails and information including winter hiking activities. So get out there and enjoy the fresh Bend, Oregon air!
Need a Home Base for Hiking in Bend?
Look no further than Alpenglow Vacation Rentals to serve as your perfect home base for hiking, biking, or any other outdoor Bend activities. With a variety of beautiful rentals and our great local knowledge to help you map out your hiking adventure, we offer the best service and value in Bend.
Search any of our rentals for comfort and easy access to the mountains. Get ready for your mountain vacation by exploring our Bend Local Area Guide!