- Trip Name: Shevlin Park Loop
- Trip Length: 4.6 miles
- Trip Time: 2 hours
- Best time to visit: Year round (most likely snow and ice in winter)
- Difficulty rating: 2
- Views: 4
- Wilderness experience: 4 (can be crowded on weekends)
- Recommended activities: Day hike, trail running, mountain biking
- Best for: Hikers, runners, bikers, families, dogs
- Restroom: Yes, in parking lot and in Fremont Meadow
- Permit: None required
- Recommended map: Central Oregon hiking Trail Map by AdventureMaps.net
- Click here to download our FREE topo trail map
- Click here to purchase the GPS file for this hike ($3)
- Click here to check out our photos from this hike
- Click here to download this Trail Guide as PDF
Driving Directions from downtown Bend:
Travel Time: 10 minutes
Head out of downtown Bend west on Newport Avenue continuing straight at the two roundabouts. At the third roundabout, 1.25 miles from downtown, continue straight as the road changes names to NW Shevlin Park Road. Follow NW Shevlin Park Road, straight through two more roundabouts, making a total of five roundabouts, for another 2.75 miles to Shevlin Park on your left.
Parking is available immediately at the Park entrance or just past the caretakers house about 0.1 mile from NW Shevlin Park Road.
The Shevlin Park Loop Trail is one of several trails in the park but probably the best one to get a good feel of the park and central Oregon in general. Heading south on the east side of Tumalo Creek you are on the fringe of the high desert and halfway through the hike you cross Tumalo Creek and enter the ponderosa forest to the west.
The trail begins just off the parking area closest to NW Shevlin Park Road behind the information sign seen in the picture to the right. You start off walking through a beautiful aspen grove with wild roses mixed in at their bases. After just a couple hundred yards in this aspen grove head left through a small grassy field towards Tumalo Creek and the footbridge which crosses it. Once across the footbridge you will ascend about 40 feet up two switchbacks to where the trail follows the ridge above Tumalo Creek. As you walk the ridge you will notice to your left (east) the destruction of the Awbrey Hall Fire that tore through Bend in 1990.
Once on the hot and dry ridge above the creek, in 500 feet, you will encounter the first of many trail intersections on this hike. It is very easy to get lost in Shevlin Park as most Bend residents, including myself, can attest to. I highly recommend carrying our downloadable map with you. At the first intersection continue straight to follow the main trail. The trail gradually gains elevation as you parallel Tumalo Creek for the next 1.5 miles. There are several great views of the creek below as you make your way along this stretch of trail. There are also four more trail intersections within this section. After the first trail intersection mentioned above, the second is in 0.6 mile, where you will need to stay to the left (go right for a 2.5 mile loop). Then, in just 400 feet, another intersection comes where you need to head right merging with a wider double track trail. Follow this wider section of trail for 0.2 mile to the next intersection where you'll turn right. Then find the next trail intersection in a third of a mile heading right again and start to descend towards Tumalo Creek leaving the hot and dry trail behind.
On your way down to Tumalo Creek you will cross a small feeder stream over a log footbridge and then make your way up a small climb before reaching the larger footbridge over Tumalo Creek. At this point you are halfway done with you trip around Shevlin Park. This is a great spot for a break especially for the kids or dogs to wade in the creek to cool off on a hot summer day. There is also a picnic table here to enjoy a snack or even lunch if you happened to bring one along.
After leaving the creek behind, you will approach the most confusing trail intersection anywhere. This is a 6 way intersection with trails leading in every direction. See the photo to the right for a view of this intersection and follow the single track trail to the left that slightly starts to ascend. After navigating this intersection the trail is mostly level walking for the remainder of the hike as you make your way through the ponderosa forest matted with sage brush.
A quarter mile after the confusing intersection a trail leading to Fremont Meadow will branch to your right, however to complete this loop you should keep straight on the main trail. After another 1.1 miles walking among the ponderosas there is a series of three quick intersections. Here you stay left, then turn right and then stay left again. As you pass through here you will have a nice view down to the covered bridge over Tumalo Creek. Shortly after this you will reach the final intersection of this hike. This is a four way intersection with a forest road where you will cross the road and continue on the single track path.
Over the final half mile of the hike you will descend 100 feet back to the parking lot in Shevlin Park. If you parked in the lot near NW Shevlin Park Road turn left to follow the paved park road back to your car. If you are in need of a dip in the creek, head behind the picnic pavilion you see directly in front of you for creek access.
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