Volcanoes, lava flows, and waterfalls make the hiking along the Deschutes River Trail at Lava Island one of the most interesting hikes in Bend, and although you will still run into a few people along the way, chances are it will still appear that the scenic landscape that surrounds you is yours and yours alone. We live here year-round and we have yet to get tired of the beauty that we see every day: tall trees standing guard over tranquil waters, colorful wildflowers nodding their delicate heads in the breeze, and rocky outcroppings that help turn the calm waters into rapids that are fun to conquer.

For the Accomplished Hiker

The trail that leads up to Lava Island Falls is a relatively easy one, but the falls themselves may be difficult to reach for less accomplished hikers. The climb to the top is a steep one, but worth the journey if you are careful and willing to put the effort in. If not, there’s no need to worry; the hike along the river is worth it for the views, and you’ll have other days and other falls to see throughout your stay! Photo opportunities are limited, as it is difficult to see the falls unless you are under them looking up, so it’s not necessary to bring your expensive camera. The camera on your phone will serve you just fine.

Don’t Forget the Bug Spray!

Although our summer temperatures rarely rise over 83 degrees, it’s still imperative that you bring along plenty of water and don’t forget your insect repellant. Mosquitos run rampant on the trails during July and August, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. As we get closer to fall, the cooler temps kill off the mosquitos and hiking once again becomes more comfortable. As you get closer to Lava Island Falls, however, the mosquito population tends to die down; they prefer the calmer waters along the trail!

White Water Rafters

Lava flows on Lava Island have made the falls more difficult to navigate for rafters, as the hardened lava from previous eruptions has blocked a portion of the river. These class 5 rapids are potentially dangerous, and novice and moderate rafters should avoid these falls at all costs; just viewing the falls from the banks of the river is an adventure in itself.

As Beautiful as It is Outside

The interiors of our Bend Vacation Rentals are so much more so, making it difficult for you to leave at the end of your stay. Rustic and charming, classic and elegant, colorful and fun whatever your taste you will find something to love about our homes, but only if you remember to reserve yours today! Life is too short to stay in shoddy vacation homes!

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