Kid Friendly Hikes in Central Oregon

Kids, am I right? Either you’ve got some or are you kind of are one. Me? I fall into both categories. All it takes for me to be happy is a car ride with snacks and maybe a lizard sighting. I saw a lizard the other day in fact, it was my favorite thing for…

Green Lakes Trail

A hike with a beer namesake? That’s got to a be a pretty good sign! This hike (and it’s beer) is a Bend staple. Crisp, clean, and positively mood-altering; The Green Lakes Trail is a robust, and full bodied hike. Beer metaphors aside, when my friend called and asked me to last-minute-join her on on the trail, I…

Benham Falls

6,600 years ago hot molten lava spewed from the side of Lava Butte, damming the Deschutes River and creating Benham Lake. The lake would overflow at a low point on a saddle, this channel eventually formed Benham Falls. The Deschutes travels on North towards Bend down two more clusters of rapids (Dillon and Lava Island Falls)….

Fall River Trail

Crystal clear and cold as Hell, that’s Fall River! One time I thought I would be quite clever and come here to anchor my float tube. I found out really quickly why no one floats here, the water is painfully cold. My feet and ankles turned purple and then numb, I didn’t dare try sitting. Good…

Tumalo Falls

Local Classic Tumalo Falls is never a disappointment! The 89 foot Waterfall always looks good in whatever the weather. I’ve trudged in snow shoes and gazed upon a frozen canyon, water paused in time, and sipped sweet micro brews in her mist in Summer. In Autumn the golden glow of Aspen’s line the creek and…

Petersen Rock Garden

Not far off Highway 97, between Bend and Redmond is a quaint little piece of roadside Americana, The Petersen Rock Garden. The Garden was built in 1935 by Danish immigrant Rasmus Petersen and is made entirely of locally collected rocks. Obsidian, Petrified Wood,Crystal Quartz,and Agate make up a miniaturized world complete with irrigated ponds and…

Tam-a-lau Trail

A terrific Spring hike is the Tam-a-lau Trail located within Cove Palisades State Park. The park is situated among towering cliffs that surround Lake Billy Chinook, an impoundment of the Deschutes, Crooked, and Metolious rivers. The lake was named after a Wasco tribe member who assisted The Fremont Expedition in 1843. The Cove Palisades was once…

Pistol Butte

There is something about a Butte, once you climb it, you never forget it. The more little bumps you recognize on the horizon, the better you know the land as a whole. 7 miles from my house is 5,154 foot tall Pistol Butte. Locals say the butte was named after Pistol Pete, a notorious mountain man who…