- Trip Name: Steelhead Falls
- Trip Length: 1.2 miles out-and-back
- Trip Time: 1 hour
- Best time to visit: Spring to fall
- Difficulty rating: 2
- Views: 7
- Wilderness experience: 3 (can be crowded)
- Recommended activities: Day hike, dogs, swimming
- Best for: Hikers, families, dogs
- Restroom: Yes, at trailhead
- Permit: n/a
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Trip Technical Data
- Trailhead: Steelhead Falls
- Trailhead Elevation: 2,430 feet
- Elevation at Steelhead Falls swimming hole: 2,290 feet
- Elevation Loss: 140 feet
Driving Directions from Bend:
Travel Time: 45 minutes
Traveling out of Bend north on Highway 97 drive 23 miles to the town of Terrebonne. Once in Terrebonne turn left onto Lower Bridge Way and follow it for 2.1 miles. Turn right onto NW 43rd Street and drive 1.7 miles. Next, turn left on Chinook Drive for 1 mile then turn left in Badger Road (here there is a sign for Steelhead Falls). At the end of Badger Road, after 1.7 miles, turn right on Quail Road. After 1.1 miles on Quail Road turn left onto River Road and continue 1 mile to the trailhead.
The trail to Steelhead Falls is an easy half mile walk down a sandy path to an amazing view and perfect swimming hole.
Leaving the trailhead, you will descend about 100 feet in the first 0.2 mile into the canyon in which the Deschutes River runs. After this drop you will follow the bank of the river, gradually descending a bit more, all the while gazing at the beautiful canyon and river that surrounds you. At 0.4 mile into the hike you will come to your first view of Steelhead Falls. You will first be directly above the falls then shortly be below the falls with great views from both locations. As you make your way down to the river there are a few trail intersections, all marked by trail signs on posts. Most indicate trails to fishing spots along the river. It is very easy to follow the main trail to the falls.
From the viewpoint at the falls you only have to walk another 0.1 mile along the bank of the river to where the bank drops to the river and creates a small beach at a calm spot in the river and a perfect swimming hole.
There are several flat spots to set up a base camp for the day if you intend to spend some time here. There is plenty to do here if you choose to spend your afternoon at the river. The trail does continue north along the river with more great canyon views. Swimming, picnicking and just plain relaxing are some other great options.
Once you've had time to play and relax by the river make your way back along the trail you came in on to complete the walk.
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