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May 18 2021
Oregon_Hiker
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Benham FallsNortheast, OR
Northeast, OR
Hiking avatar May 18 2021
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Benham Falls is a popular attraction near Bend Oregon on the Deschutes River for both hikers and bikers. It is not a vertical falls but is a quarter mile long spectacular cascade roaring down a steep section of the river. There is a well groomed trail along the west side of the river which provides excellent views of the Falls. An out and back hike of about 2 miles from the East side across a foot bridge takes you along the river to the falls.

There are Trailheads at parking lots on both the east and west sides of the river for day use. These trailheads also provide access to longer hiking and bike trails following the east and west banks of the river. The east side parking lot is probably the easiest and quickest access by car on paved roads a few miles off of Highway 97. Just input "Benham Falls East Trailhead" into the gps you use for driving and it should show you the way. There is a footbridge that crosses the river to the Falls trail on the west side. Passes are required for this Deschutes NF Day Use area. According to the Deschutes National Forest website, acceptable passes include: $5 Day Pass, Northwest Forest Pass, Interagency Senior Pass plus several other less common passes. There is a vending machine at the parking lot for $5 Day Passes but it was out of order on the day we were there. With 3 Senior passes in our 4 person group we were set.
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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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