LaPine State Park
- Easy (to Big Tree)
- 0.4 mile round trip
- 20 feet elevation gain
- Open except after winter storms
- Easy (to Fall River Falls)
- 5.3-mile loop
- 150 feet elevation gain
- Use: hikers, horses, bicycles
In the open pine woods where Fall River joins the Deschutes, this popular state park features a large campground, a picnic area, a boat launch, and 10 miles of trails. The hike described here is just one of many possible loops, but it visits the park’s highlights—riverbank meadows, viewpoints, two cabin ruins, and the waterfall that gave Fall River its name.
Start by driving Highway 97 south of Bend …
This chapter is an excerpt from 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Central Oregon Cascades.