Central Oregon is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful and diverse landscapes in the world and it is easy to see why. Hikers come from every direction take advantage of the abundant and well-kept trails, breathtaking views, and historical sites – all reachable by foot. We have put together short list of local favorite hikes that guests tell us are the top of their list, too. Spend the day discovering the surrounding scenic beauty and re-charge at night under the stars as you sit in the hot tub on the deck of your Meredith Lodging Cental Oregon Vacation rental in Bend or Sunriver.
Tam McArthur Rim This moderate, 5.1 popular trail is found near Sisters, Oregon and is best used from July to October (other months can be quite icy and snowy, making the trail much more treacherous). Hikers love the rare, close-up views of the Three Sisters and Broken Top – and many say they wish they had visited sooner. Your pup will love joining you too if they are on-leash.
Green Lakes This 9.1 mile out and back trail will reward hikers with endless views of rivers, waterfalls, mountains, and bridges. The trail can get full of snow and ice in the winter months, so most easily enjoyed from June to October. Your pup can join you on this hike and everyone will love the stunning views of the Three Sisters.
Smith Rock Hikers from all over the world come to Smith Rock for its legendary rock-climbing, and this stunning State Park rewards hikers richly, too. Walk along the river and up over Misery Ridge (named for the steep climb, not the beautiful views), if you are looking for a more challenging outing. The park can get crowded on Summer weekends – we prefer to go during the week. And if you are lucky enough to visit in the Fall, you will never forget the autumn golden light reflecting off the rocks and the changing landscape. Smith Rock’s Crooked River Trail part of the hike makes for an easy and beautiful stroll the whole family will love.
South Sister Trail Hiking South Sister is on many Oregonians’ bucket-list. A challenging, day-long venture this hike is a 12.2 mile out and back that is only recommended for very experienced hikers/adventurers. Your hard work will be rewarded with spectacular mountain range and lake views. This trail can become very heavily trafficked and is best enjoyed from June to October. Dogs are allowed on the trail but must be kept on leash.
Canyon Creek Meadow This 7.4-mile loop trail is considered moderate in terms of skill level and is popular and heavily trafficked, especially in Spring and Summer. It is recommended that you hike here from May to November. The trail features beautiful views of Three Fingered Jack, Mt. Jefferson, and Black Butte along with glimpses of Mt. Washington and The Three Sisters. Dogs on leash allowed.
Meredith Lodging can help you find the perfect home-base for all your Central Oregon adventures. View our complete collection of Bend and Sunriver vacation homes, as well as Mt. Bachelor Village Resort homes at MeredithLodging.com.