Urban River Trails
Population has exploded in Bend in the last 20 - 30 years and as you head out from the center of town you can easily see all the new development that has taken place. Though it seems the city is having a hard time keeping up with the concurrent explosion in traffic, they have done an excellent job of incorporating walking/biking trails throughout the new (and existing) metropolitan areas.
Here are some photos from our three mile walk along the river near the Old Mill District. If you walk in this area you can include stops for food and drink, shopping, movies, concerts and more.
|This sculpture was made out of all sorts of metal scrap.|
|The smoke stacks are the remains of one of the mills that fueled the growth of Bend in the early 1900's.|
It is now an anchor building for a shopping/dining/entertainment complex right on the river.
|Art on the back of the outdoor concert venue.|
|There were lots of Canada Geese on the river...these three were putting on a synchronized swimming show!|
Natural Trails along the Wild and Scenic River
Next we rode our mountain bikes on the gorgeous seven mile stretch of river from Lava Island Falls to Benham Falls and back. The trail is hard packed dirt single track and would be suitable for hybrid bikes. There's just a little up and down and I only had to hike-a-bike a couple of times for a very short distance. This trail is shared by hikers, bikers and dogs on leash and can be crowded on the weekends due to close proximity to town. This link gives a little detail on riding along the river.
We liked this ride so much I've created a new label named "Favorite"! Now I'll have to go back through all the posts and label our other "Favorites"! The scenic beauty combined with the enjoyable riding conditions were awesome.
|We were within sight of the river almost the entire ride.|
At the far end of the photo you can see a wall of lava.
|The trail is mostly the smooth, hard packed dirt you see Hans riding on here.|
The trail goes in and out of the forest.
|We got to see the wild side of the Deschutes during this ride.|
Here it's channeled through a lava chute.
|Looking across this meadow we could just barely see Mt Bachelor peeking |
over the trees and the nearer mountains.
|Benham Falls was another lava chute.|
There are many more miles to hike or ride along the Deschutes, some right in town, others just a few miles down the road. We highly recommend this trail system!