With the Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests in our backyard, guests of Eagle Crest Resort have access to hundreds of miles of hiking trails with varied scenery and terrain. There are also many high lakes to explore. If you are ready for the summit, conquer one of the Cascade peaks, which tower over 9,000 feet.
Our most popular hike here at Eagle Crest Resort is the 1.5 mile nature trail along the Deschutes River. Along the way you’ll find plenty of interpretive signage noting the spectacular flora and fauna.
This state park, just 14 miles from Eagle Crest Resort, protects a sanctuary of majestic rock spires that rise above the winding Crooked River in Central Oregon’s high desert, serving as a world-class rock climbing destination and hiker’s paradise. The dramatic appearance of the park area is a testament to the cumulative force of volcanism and the erosive power of running water. Millions of years ago this area was a major center of volcanic activity. After a period of localized eruptions, lava flows entered the canyon and crowded the ancestral river into the flanks of the main volcanic structure. Forced to establish a new channel, the Crooked River eventually eroded the interior of the volcanic vent. The wondrous and multicolored formations are composed of rock known as “welded tuff ”—volcanic ash erupted under conditions of extreme heat and pressure. Several miles of developed trails access the top of Misery Ridge and parallel the popular rock climbing areas of the Christian Brothers, the Dihedrals, and Morning Glory Wall. Trail loops start at just 500 feet and top out with the 2.5 mile River Trail.
This Pacific Coast Trail offers breathtaking views of the volcanic peaks that make up the Cascade Mountain Range. Gorgeous deep blue alpine lakes dot the trail, beckoning you to stop for a picnic or for the brave, an afternoon swim. You can access the portion of the trail that goes through the Three Sisters Wilderness area near the Dee Wright Observatory. The observatory makes an excellent viewpoint of the Three Sisters and is a great day-trip even for the non-hikers in your group.
For more information, please call the Willamette National Forest Service at (541) 225.6300.
It is just a ¼ hike to the top of this majestic 97’ waterfall, but the trail continues along the cascading Tumalo Creek for another 4 miles for those looking for a longer hike. From downtown Bend, turn west on Franklin Avenue. Just past Drake Park, turn right on Galveston Road, which becomes Skyliner Drive. After 10 miles or so, Skyliner crosses over Tumalo Creek where you’ll fork left onto Tumalo Falls Road. Follow this washboard gravel road for 2-3 miles where it ends at the picnic area to the trailhead, approximately 12 miles west of Bend.
Named by Scenic America as one of the country’s 10 most important byways, The Cascades Lakes Byway offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Oregon with majestic volcanic peaks reflecting off incredible alpine lakes. Hikes around Todd, Green, Sparks, and Devils Lakes offer everything from short easy hikes to longer more difficult trips, but all of them offer breathtaking beauty.
Wanderlust Tours offers guided, outdoor tours and activities in Bend, Sunriver and Sisters, Oregon, that take you off the beaten path, away from crowds, to seek out the quiet of the Central Oregon Cascade lakes, rivers, forests and caves. Year-round tours and half-day trip options include cave tours and GPS Eco-Challenge trips. The summer months bring canoeing, kayaking, and volcano sightseeing. In winter everyone loves the falling show and Wanderlust’s guided snowshoe tours. All tours include guide, transportation and all equipment. Wanderlust Tours is located in Bend, and in most cases can pick up guests at Eagle Crest.
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