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Steelhead Falls, OR

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Distance Round Trip 1 mile
Trailhead Elevation 2,439 feet
Elevation Gain -139 feet
Accumulated Gain 35 feet
Avg Time Round Trip 0.5 hours
Kokopelli Seeds 1.18
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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3  2018-07-22 Steph_and_Blake
Author Steph_and_Blake
author avatar Guides 100
Routes 61
Photos 2,522
Trips 176 map ( 751 miles )
Age 72 Male Gender
Location Grand Junction, CO
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Preferred   Apr, May, Sep, Oct → Any
Seasons   Early Spring to Early Winter
Sun  5:49am - 6:09pm
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find the rainbow in the mist
by Steph_and_Blake

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This is a short, moderately popular, kid-friendly hike to a pretty waterfall. It also presents the opportunity for taking a dip in shallow waters and, for the more adventurous, cliff-jumping into the Deschutes River.

About 85+% of the trail is on very dusty, loose terrain. Teach the younger folks in your group to keep more of their weight on their heels to reduce the chances of slipping and falling (and tears!). Also, rattlesnakes may be present.

The Hike
From the parking area, the signed trail immediately begins to descend towards the river. There are a few social trails along the way, but route-finding is easy.

In a short distance, you’ll hear the river. Watch for deer, mallards, jays and mergansers along the way. In a half-mile you’ll arrive at the falls. Take the time to view them from different vantage points. Find the rainbow in the mist.

Just past the falls is the cliff-jumping area. If that’s not your cup of tea, continue on the trail, headed downriver. You’ll come to several short side trails that lead to the river. Dip a toe in or, if it’s the middle of summer, go for the whole enchilada!

Return the way you came.

There is no ready-to-drink water along the trail.

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2018-07-31 Steph_and_Blake
    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    Map Drive
    FR / Dirt Road / Gravel - Car Okay

    To hike
    From Bend, Oregon:
    Take US-97 north through the town of Terrebonne. Turn left on Lower Lower Bridge Way for 2.1 miles. Turn right onto NW 43rd Street for 1.7 miles. Turn left onto Chinook Drive for 1 mile. Turn left onto Badger Road to the end. Turn right onto Quail Road for 1.1 miles. Turn left onto River Road for 1 mile to the parking area.
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