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The Bend Urban Trails System, developed and managed jointly by the Bend Park & Recreation District and the City of Bend, connects our community and encourages recreation and non-motorized transportation throughout the year.

Trail Snow Removal
If Bend should have a snow event of two inches or more, Park Services will remove the snow from the following trails:

  • Cascade Highlands Trail from Overturf OLA to Skyline Ranch Rd.
  • Coyner Trail from Ponderosa Park to Juniper Park.
  • Discovery Trail from Clearwater Dr. to Skyliners Rd. and from McClain Dr. to Shevlin Park.
  • Drake Park pathways.
  • Larkspur Trail from Bear Creek to Neff Rd. through Pilot Butte State Park.
  • Pine Nursery Park Loop Trail.
  • West Bend Trail along Galveston and Skyliner Rd. between 17th to Skyline Ranch Rd.
  • Trails and pathways in Riverbend and Farewell Bend parks.
  • Haul Road Trail from Mckay Park to Mammoth Drive.
  • Pioneer Park to the First Street Rapids Bridge.

Ski & Snowshoe Opportunities
When there’s adequate snowcover on the ground, Bend parks and trails that work well for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing include Shevlin Park, Skyline Park, Cascade Highlands Trail and Haul Road Trail. All feature surfaces that are relatively level and feature connections into the U.S. Forest Service trail system. None of the parks or trails are groomed for skiing. Skiing is allowed during the day or in the evening by moonlight or headlamp.

For your winter walking, hiking and biking adventures, here’s a few recommendations.

Pine Nursery Park Trail
Location: Northeast Bend
Trail Length: 1.4 miles
Surface: Paved
Accessibility: Yes
Off-Street Parking & Restrooms: Pine Nursery Park
Cleared of snow: yes

One of the newer trails in Bend, Pine Nursery Trail is a great loop trail anytime of year, but especially in winter because east Bend tends to get less snow and Park Services regularly removes snow from its surface. Relatively level, the trail offers great views of the Cascades as it gently meanders through the park.

Deschutes River Trail: Awbrey Reach
Location: Northwest Bend
Trail Length: 3.9 miles
Surface: Unpaved
Accessibility: No
Off-Street Parking & Restrooms: Sawyer Park
Cleared of snow: no

This northernmost section of the Deschutes River Trail is constructed on top of the buried Tumalo irrigation canal. It has an unpaved surface and includes a few moderate hills. Along the middle stretch of this reach, the river drops into a deep canyon, but the trail stays high on the canyon wall, offering spectacular views of the river below and of the Three Sisters in the distance. A steep climb up the Archie Briggs Canyon Trail connects to Mt. Washington Drive. Visitors can best access the trail from Sawyer Park. There is also limited on-street parking at Sawyer Uplands Park with a connecting route down to the river trail.

Larkspur Trail
Location: Northeast Bend
Trail Length: 1.8 miles
Surface: Paved and unpaved
Accessibility: Yes, some portions
Off-Street Parking & Restrooms: Pilot Butte Park & Larkspur Park
Cleared of snow: yes

The Larkspur Trail extends between Pilot Butte State Park and Larkspur Park, passing through Pinewood Natural Area. Both Pilot Butte and Larkspur parks have ample parking and restroom facilities; Larkspur Park is also the site of the Bend Senior Center and the Rotary Centennial All Children’s Playground. Add an additional mile by climbing the trail to the summit of Pilot Butte or proceed north from the park on newly paved pathways to Neff Road.

Trail Management
The Bend Urban Trail System and the Deschutes River Trail are managed by the Bend Park & Recreation District. To report trail concerns, call Park Services at (541) 388-5435. After business hours and on weekends, call (541) 410-3319.