Whychus Creek

Whychus Creek

The name “Whychus” is derived from the Sahaptin word for place to cross water. Whychus Creek begins at the base of Bend Glacier on Broken Top in the Cascade Range, plunges 200 feet over Chush falls and eventually empties into the Deschutes River downstream of Redmond.

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Protect Whychus-Deschutes

Urge your member of Congress to help permanently protect Whychus-Deschutes to ensure this spectacular landscape remains wild for future generations.

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South Fork Crooked River and Birds

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Central Oregon’s “Backyard Wilderness”

Our quest to protect the Oregon Badlands Located just 15 miles east of Bend, Oregon Badlands is a 30,000-acre wilderness area filled with fascinating lava flows and ancient juniper trees. Arriving in the Badlands, so named for its rugged and harsh terrain, can feel like stepping onto another planet. Within this landscape, you will...

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Scout Camp Trail

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...

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Alder Springs

Located on Lower Whychus Creek, Alder Springs is an oasis in the high desert. The trail starts at the top of the Whychus Creek Canyon and descends gradually to the creek, with panoramic views of the Cascades, towering rock formations, and the rushing waters of Whychus Creek below. At 1.5 miles, hikers reach Alder...

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Flatiron Rock

The Flatiron Rock trail offers a wonderful introduction to the Badlands, winding through inflated lava and old-growth juniper woodlands for about 2.5 miles to one of the most prominent rock formations in the Badlands. From the trailhead, hikers have the option of taking the Ancient Juniper trail, a short and pleasant route that links...

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Visitor’s Guide
to the Greater Hart-Sheldon Region

There aren’t many established trails in the Greater Hart-Sheldon Region, and the roads vary between pavement, gravel, and dirt, but this fascinating region offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for visitors of all ages and abilities, and the opportunity to see pronghorn antelope, Greater sage-grouse, and more. Some visitor services exist on the...

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Visitor’s Guide
to the Central Oregon Backcountry

With rolling plains of sagebrush, dramatic river canyons, and dense forests of old-growth juniper, the Central Oregon Backcountry provides visitors with a wide-ranging introduction to Oregon’s High Desert. This is wild desert within a 1- to 2-hour drive from Central Oregon communities. Whether you are seeking an easy day-hike or a weekend adventure, use...

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Whychus-Deschutes

Within an hour’s drive from Bend and just west of Terrebonne, the rugged canyons of Whychus-Deschutes remain astonishingly wild.

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