It’s almost fall, and for many people, the best time to go on hikes. The crisp air and color-changing leaves make for the best time of year to go check out new places and make memories that stick with us forever. Here are some spots all over Central Oregon we recommend you go check out, whether you want to make a day trip of it, or camp out overnight.
Blue Pool- One of the most beautiful spots in the Pacific Northwest, Blue Pool is located near McKenzie Bridge, and is about a 4 mile round-trip hike. It is pretty easy and good for all skill levels. For closures, updated info, and directions, click here.
Broken Top- This is a popular hike up to no name lake, because it’s beauty is indescribable. It’s 6 miles there and back, and is fairly hard, so if you are not experienced, make sure to wear comfy shoes and go with people who don’t mind taking breaks along the way. Also, the road up to the trail is a little rough, so take a truck or a vehicle with 4 wheel drive.
Sparks Lake- Just past Mt. Bachelor is one of Oregon’s most beautiful lakes. You can hike the loop which is about 2.5 miles around the lake, and does NOT lack beautiful scenery. After you hike the trail, you can stop and take a dip, or have a picnic to really take in the views.
Tumalo Falls- About 30 minutes west of Bend is one of Oregon’s most beautiful waterfalls. You can park at the gate near the end of Skyliner Road (Tumalo Falls gate) and hike in 2.6 miles to the falls, or during the summer you can drive practically all the way to the falls and park in the parking lot or on the road. There are many spots you can walk up to check out the falls, depending on how much you want to hike. There are trails and loops around the falls you can continue to hike if you would like, just remember how to get back.
Smith Rock/ Misery Ridge- Even if you are not able to hike Misery Ridge, there are more mellow trails around Smith Rock that offer amazing views. Misery Ridge is around 5 miles round trip and is pretty tough, as it’s steep and the trail is narrow. Make sure you are prepared with plenty of water, and hiking shoes, and if possible, always go with someone in case of emergency.
Green Lakes- About 8-9 mile hike there and back, Green Lakes Trail is an Oregonian favorite. It has such beautiful views, and you get a little of everything Oregon on this hike- you get the mountain views, along with the desert and forest. The trailhead is located off Century Drive, and has overflow parking if lot is full.
Get out there and do some exploring this fall! If you do, take pictures and tag us on social media, we would love to see!
The Jones Group @ Sunriver Realty
Riverfront Sunriver home on Gannet Lane! This comfortable 2,203 s.f home is tucked away on a quiet 1/4-acre (+/-) lot in the NW corner of Sunriver Resort. A large wraparound deck is the perfect place to spend summer afternoons. The comfortable Great Room/Family Room area has a cozywood-stove, large picture windows, and a kitchen with solid surface counter tops and an island. There is a hallway/utility area leading from the three-car garage that serves as a perfect mud room area after a day on the mountain or out hitting the trails. The wraparound deck also boasts a perimeter stem wall design that provides lots of storage for canoes, kayaks, etc… Gannet Lane is one of the few lanes in Sunriver where there are no bike paths between your home and the river. Access to the National Forest is just a block or two away. Adventure awaits!