find the rainbow in the mist
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.
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.
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.