September 12-15, 2019
Walk Headquarters: Comfort Inn & Suites, 62065 SE 27th Street, Bend, OR 97701
Open: 8 AM to 4 PM Thursday, Friday and Saturday; 8 AM to 3 PM Sunday
All walks available dawn to dusk.
Click Tabs under CENTRAL OREGON (menu across page top) to view Events, Souvenirs, Banquet Menu and Registration
Walks and Hikes -- Instructions will be online by the end of August
24 miles N of Bend on Hwy 97
5km, 10km - 2B (Monkey Face option 3C)
Parking: $5/day or Oregon State Parks permit (available on site).
Walk on trails along the Crooked River with sweeping views and opportunities to watch rock climbers, and see the iconic Monkey Face. This walk is available to enjoy on your trip coming or going, open September 11-16
18 miles N of Bend on Hwy 97
5 km, 10 km - 1A
Enjoy the art and heritage of the town as well as the paved trails and parks through Dry Canyon, a nature preserve between steep volcanically formed canyon walls.
5km, 11km - 2B
This north section of the Deschutes River Trail includes a few moderate hills. Along the middle stretch, the river drops into a deep canyon while the trail stays high on the canyon wall, offering spectacular views of the river below and of the Cascades.
Friday, September 13, at 11:00 AM
5 km, 10 km - 2B
A sanctioned group walk on Friday, September 13th, will lead those who are joining the non-sanctioned whitewater rafting trip to the launching site at the proper time. We return by shuttle. Those walkers who do not wish to ride the river, may do the walk as a regular event walk. Reservations for the rafting portion may be purchased here on our site along with the other events, souvenirs, dinner, etc.. The walk will begin at Seventh Mountain Rafting Company at Seventh Mountain Resort. The rafting trip has sold out. The walk is still available.
For information about the whitewater rafting trip, please click here.
Bend - Downtown (Art in the Alleys)
5 km, 10 km - 1B
Walk a portion of the Deschutes River Trail to explore the downtown core area and its public art, Drake Park and Mirror Pond.
5km, 10km - 2B
A forest walk that includes huge larch and old-growth ponderosa, and several footbridges along Tumalo Creek.
14 miles W on NF-4601 and NF-4603 - Unpaved roads
6 km, 10 km, and longer options - 2B
Several distance options depending upon level and how many waterfalls we want to see.
29 miles W of Bend on OR-372, NF-370 - Unpaved roads
5km, 15km or further - 2B
Parking: $5/day or USDA Forest Pass (available on site)
Winding through a gentle forest along Fall Creek, pass several waterfalls and lava flows to the lakes with their vast views of South Sister, Mt. Bachelor and Broken Top. Distance depends upon desire.
40 miles NW of Bend on Hwy 20
10km - 2C
Visit the head of the Metolius where the river mysteriously emerges out of the ground. From Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery, circle a pond of large trout before starting along the bank of the Metolius River with its clear, brilliant blue water.
17 Miles S of Bend on Hwy 97
5km, 11km - 1A
Explore the resort laced with paved trails through the Village (shopping, food), lodges, and homes. You may even enjoy visiting the Nature Center & Observatory ($7). Free Day & Open House Saturday, September 14, 10AM - 4PM.
30 Miles S of Bend on Hwy 97
13km - 2C
Parking: $5/day or USDA Forest Pass (NOT available on site)
This trail is a moderately difficult hike located within the scenic Newberry Volcanic Monument area. Elevation is at 6,350' at the trailhead start. This forested trail circumnavigates the lake, mostly flat with some uphill sections. (Photo by Stefanie Gott-Dinsmore)
23 Miles NW of Bend on Hwy 20
10km - 2B
A meditative walk through juniper and sagebrush to a rocky rise with a spectacular 360-degree view of the surrounding mountains.
40 Miles NW of Bend on Hwy 20
An out/back starting at the observation point of the head of the Metolius River and going to Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery.
An out/back, starts at the Shilo Inn on O B Riley Rd, passes through Sawyer Park, and then onto the Deschutes River Trail.
To swim at this event, buy a discounted ticket from the Central Oregon Salute start location and then go anytime to the swim center to do a 300-meter swim. You can choose to do 12 laps in the 25-meter indoor pool or 6 laps in the 50-meter outdoor pool. If you want to check which exact lanes are available, go to bendparksandrec.org/fitness-swim/open-swim/lap-swim/. While at the facility you can also use their fitness/weight room, hot tub, sauna, steam room, and of course the lockers & showers.