It was a glorious Fall day, the day after Thanksgiving and we decided to spend the day outside to enjoy the sun before the winter set in. So out came the local hike book and we chose the one closest to home. Just three miles down the road is Cline Falls State Park with a hike along the Deschutes River to the Cline Falls.
The hike starts in the park where there is plenty of parking and lovely picnic areas. We will definitely go back with our picnic supplies and enjoy the park. But today we wanted to hike. The trail along the Deschutes River begins from the north end of the parking lot and winds under the Highway 126 bridge.
It is only a quarter of a mile hike to the falls. You can choose to walk close to the river on winding trails or further up the bank on a groomed trail the is wheelchair accessible on a gravel surface. Of course, we chose the rougher trails to be close to the river.
The day we did the hike, the Deschutes River was going a full force. The US Bureau of Reclamation that controls the river flow had released additional water and the river was running at 2000 cfs. A person along the trail said he had never seen it flow like this. What an experience to see the power of this mighty river.
We continued past Cline Falls for another mile until we came to the end of the BLM land and entered private property. At that point, the trail became petered out and we had to turn back. It was a perfect short and easy hike on a beautiful sunny Fall day.
To really appreciate the force of this river, be sure to watch the video.
How to Get There
From Redmond, Oregon, drive 4.6 miles west on Highway 126. You will see a sign pointing to Cline Falls State Park. Turn left onto the state park road and drive about 1/4 mile to the parking lot. From the parking lot head to the river and walk back along the park road to where you see a trail leading off of the road down to the river. Continue on the trail under the bridge and you will come to the Falls in 1/4 mile.