Dillon Falls, Deschutes River Trail
Deschutes National Forest, Near Bend Oregon
My hometown of Bend, Oregon is blessed with seemingly endless recreational opportunities. One of the crown jewels of Bend’s extensive network of hiking trails is the beautiful Deschutes River Trail. To clarify, there are two distinct parts of the Deschutes River Trail. The in town section of the river trail braids through Bend’s extensive series of Urban parks and includes such highlights as Sawyer Park, Pioneer Park, Pacific Park, Drake Park, Mirror Pond, McKay Park, and the Old Mill District. The other section of the Deschutes River Trail is located South of Bend is accessed via the Cascade Lakes Highway and is far more “wild”. This wild section includes access points including, Meadow Camp, Lava Island, Big Eddy, Aspen Camp, Dillon Falls, Slough, and Benham Falls. All of these access points include parking areas and restrooms and some include boat ramps.
This beautiful new fine art print was captured just below Dillon Falls along the wild section of the Deschutes River Trail. This section of the Deschutes is really rugged beautiful and remarkably accessible. I’ve been there countless times to get a little outdoor time and of course for landscape photography purposes. I love the subtle autumn tones in the riparian plants in this image as well as the flow patterns of the Deschutes. Being able to capture the ruggedness of this section of the river trail was critical for me, as was capturing some seasonal interest.