We left our boat in Anacortes in early October, and arrived back in Central Oregon as the bright colors of autumn were at their strongest. Our first order of business (after getting unpacked and plugged in at home) was to get out on nearby hiking trails to enjoy the colors before the leaves left the trees. Central Oregon sparkles in the fall!
Fall weather in Central Oregon is often spectacular and it’s our favorite season. Typically we enjoy sunny days and clear nights. The days are warm (temps in the 70s) and nights are cool (30s and 40s). It’s a great time to get out and enjoy nature.
We have lots of choices for hiking near Bend. Several parks and trails are within a half hour of our house. The Deschutes River flows through Central Oregon, and trails along the river provide terrific views and excellent hiking. In the heart of Bend, a dam on the river forms a very scenic Mirror Pond, with several parks and a few homes surrounding the pond. Further along the river there are several areas where we can access the river trail, depending on how far we want to go.
Getting out on the trails was a high priority for us, and we managed to take in several hikes while the leaves were still colorful and gorgeous. We took lots of pictures and thought we’d share a few of the photos from our October hikes around Central Oregon.