Directions: These directions are from Bend- travel south on Highway 97 for approximately 8 miles and take the Lava Lands Visitor Center exit to the right. Go past the Visitor Center on Forest Road 9702 for approximately 4 miles. There are signs along the way.
There are two trailheads and we went to both, the hike is best from the Benham Falls East trailhead (the directions above are to this trailhead).
From the parking area get on the dirt trail that follows along the Deschutes River. You will pass a zipline and come to a large bridge. Cross the bridge and the trail still follows along closely to the river for a bit. The trail winds back to the other Benham Falls trailhead where you will switchback a few times to a viewpoint of the waterfalls. It mostly just looks like a more rapid part of the river but it’s still pretty. Head back out the way you came in.
Distance: .75 miles (easy)
Elevation: 50 feet (easy)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: All ages
Parking Fee: NW Forest Pass required
Seasons: Late spring through Fall