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10 Hikes in Central Oregon 

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Blow & Doris Lake

A trail that's soft, flat, and shaded—a welcome retreat in the summer months. Blow Lake is the first lake on the Six Lakes Trail, and you can reach it just a mile from the trailhead. Continue another mile or so and you'll catch Doris Lake. Continue farther for other tucked-away little lakes.

Distance: 4.5
Hike Time: 2.5 hours
Technical Difficulty: Beginner
Fitness Intensity: Beginner

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Shevlin Loop Trail

For a family outing right in Bend's backyard, check out Shevlin Park. Follow the Shevlin Loop Trail to the top of one side of the canyon and across a plateau. After about 2 miles, you'll head down into the valley and cross Tumalo Creek before heading back on the opposite side of the canyon.

Distance: 4.75
Hike Time: 2 hours
Technical Difficulty: Beginner
Fitness Intensity: Moderate

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Lava River Cave

You'll find lava tunnels all around Bend, but this one is good for beginners. Follow a rocky path into the cave, noticing how it gets softer and sandier the farther you go. Give yourself extra time for exploring dark nooks and crannies. Bring warm clothes, sturdy footwear and a headlamp.

Distance: 2 miles
Hike Time: 1 hour
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Fitness Intensity: Beginner

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Upper Tumalo Falls

Visit Tumalo Falls just for the big waterfall and you may never go again. It's beautiful, but it's busy. Keep hiking past the crowds, though, and you'll get to see three small falls within 2 miles. Admire the falls in solitude and head back the way you came.

Distance: 4 miles
Hike Time: 2 hours
Technical Difficulty: Beginner
Fitness Intensity: Moderate

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Cinder Hill

Climb this red cinder cone for a full panoramic view of Newberry Caldera, including basalt and obsidian flows, as well as Paulina Peak and bird's-eye views of East and Paulina lakes nestled below. On clear days, you may even see snowy Mount Thielsen and Diamond Peak. Despite the 1,000-foot elevation gain, it's a surprisingly comfortable hike.

Distance: 6.75 miles
Hike Time: 3 hours
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Fitness Intensity: Moderate

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Tam-a-lau Trail

When snow is still covering the high Cascades, go explore Cove Palisades State Park and Lake Billy Chinook. You'll hike a steep slope to the top of The Peninsula, then loop around the flat-top rimrock formation for views of the lake below and the three rivers that enter it: Deschutes, Crooked and Metolius.

Distance: 6.5 miles
Hike Time: 3 hours
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Fitness Intensity: Moderate

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Tumalo Mountain

You'll gain over 1,000 feet on the short ascent to the top of this little peak. Enter the forest at the mountain's base, then quickly hike above the tree line onto the exposed hillside. It's a sweaty slog, but unobstructed views of the Three Sisters, Broken Top, Mount Bachelor and the lower deserts await you at the top.

Distance: 4 miles
Hike Time: 2 hours
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Fitness Intensity: Advanced

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Green Lakes

This Cascade Lakes hike checks all the boxes. Stroll along creeks and through forests and wildflower meadows, past lava flows, until you arrive at a large three-lake basin at the base of South Sister and Broken Top. It's worth making a day of it; pack a lunch and enjoy the views and fresh air at 6,500 feet.

Distance: 9 miles
Hike Time: 4 hours
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Fitness Intensity: Advanced

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Misery Ridge

Head north to the drier side of Central Oregon and check out Smith Rock's colorful cliffs and stunning rock formations. Follow a steep trail into the park, then cross the river and follow the Misery Ridge Trail. You'll breathe heavy through steep switchbacks and sweat as you ascend rocky staircases and loose terrain. At the top, admire the sweeping views of surrounding Cascade mountains and the Crooked River Gorge below. Word of warning, though: Smith Rock is a heavily-trafficked destination.

Distance: 3.9 miles
Hike Time: 2 hours
Technical Difficulty: Advanced
Fitness Intensity: Advanced

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Tam McArthur Rim

It's a steep hike with 1,400 feet of elevation gain, but it rewards you with views of surrounding Cascade peaks and the lakes below. The switchback trail is well-marked to the top, but the terrain is rough in spots. Enjoy the views and take it easy on the way down.

Distance: 5.2 miles
Hike Time: 3 hours
Technical Difficulty: Advanced
Fitness Intensity: Advanced

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Blow & Doris Lake

A trail that's soft, flat, and shaded—a welcome retreat in the summer months. Blow Lake is the first lake on the Six Lakes Trail, and you can reach it just a mile from the trailhead. Continue another mile or so and you'll catch Doris Lake. Continue farther for other tucked-away little lakes.

Distance: 4.5
Hike Time: 2.5 hours
Technical Difficulty: Beginner
Fitness Intensity: Beginner

More information on these hikes and many others can be found in Brittany's book, Day Hiking Bend & Central Oregon – available at REI.

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