The Scout Camp loop trail on the Middle Deschutes River is one of the most spectacular hikes you’ll find in Central Oregon. About a third of a mile from the trailhead, the trail descends steeply into the Deschutes River Canyon. On the way down, enjoy the fascinating geology of the canyon walls and views of the river below. Just before ascending back up to the trailhead, the trail will seem to end at a boulder by the river. To proceed up the rest of the loop, you will have to scramble over the boulder. The climb is well worth it- those who make the full loop are rewarded with spectacular views of the confluence of Whychus Creek and the Deschutes River.
Notes and Advice:
- The Scout Camp Trail was designed for hiking only, and activities such as mountain biking, horseback riding, and the use of motorized vehicles are not allowed in this sensitive area.
- There are no bathrooms or water available at the trailhead. Come prepared with plenty of drinking water and supplies to pack out all waste.
- Though it is a well constructed and maintained trail, the Scout Camp loop is steep, slippery, and rocky in many places. If you use trekking poles, bring them along for this hike.
- Watch out for rattlesnakes during the warm season. If you see a snake, give it a wide berth and keep dogs on leash.
- The Deschutes River canyon is a very special and fragile place. Please stay on the main trail to avoid furthering erosion or damaging sensitive vegetation along the river.