Bend is a modest sized city in Central Oregon, through which the Deschutes River flows down from the Cascade Mountains to wind through the forests of Ponderosa Pine and sagebrush of the high desert. With that kind of natural beauty, it’s no wonder that Bend has become known as a gateway for outdoor adventure, from river rafting to running. Our guide to running in Bend, Oregon incorporates a combination of road routes and some trail running highlights.

When it comes to running in Bend, the downtown trails along the Deschutes are undoubtedly the highlight. Of course, the plentiful natural areas nearby, such as Shevlin Park, Phil’s Trail, Green Lakes, and Larkspur are a trail runner’s dream. But if you prefer road running, don’t worry — Bend has plenty of scenic streets right in town and almost every one is parallelled by a nicely kempt sidewalk. The Old Mill and Northwest Crossing neighborhoods are the urban highlights.

Bend is a smaller city, and it’s public transportation is comparative. The Cascades East Transit bus system has ten routes around town, as well as a bus to Mt. Bachelor in the winter and a “Ride the River” shuttle in summer. The city is also very bike and pedestrian friendly, so it’s easy to find your way around on your own two feet!

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Northwest Crossing

Bend, OR

You won’t find many McMansions around Bend, but if you’d like to explore some of the nicer residential areas of the city on your run, there’s no better choice than Northwest Crossing (affectionately shortened to NWX) which was built on a Ponderosa Tree Farm.
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Deschutes River Trail: Old Mill Reach

Bend, OR

The Old Mill neighborhood is a popular shopping hub, and a great place to access the river via a series of parks and trails. While you can mix and match trails here, the Mill District Loop is a reliable 2.4 mile loop over a medley of footbridges, paved, and unpaved trails.
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Shevlin Park

Bend, OR

At over 600 acres, Shevlin Park is Bend’s largest park — and it has a great 6 mile loop curling around the rim of Tumalo Creek canyon. The park is 3 miles from Bend. Tumalo Creek rambles through the park with several foot bridges.
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Phil’s Trail System

Bend, OR

The local runners at FootZone recommend heading out on Phil’s Trail, which is the common name for a network of several trails that span a total of about 40 miles between Skyliners Road and Route 372. Starts about 4 miles west of Bend.
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Larkspur Trail and Pilot Butte Park

Bend, OR

Run to the top of an extinct volcano! The Larkspur Trail is the gem of Eastern Bend, and while it curls out into some urban streets, the iconic section is Pilot Butte Park, where the trail plateaus with a stunning view of Bend's high desert.
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Downtown Bend FootZone Loops

Bend, OR

When it comes to running in Bend, the team at Footzone is the most trusted source for great route advice. In fact, they’ve mapped out a series of road runs between 3 and 10 miles in length to help you choose the best streets to sprint on.
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Deschutes River Trail: Old Mill Reach

Bend, OR

The Old Mill neighborhood is a popular shopping hub, and a great place to access the river via a series of parks and trails. While you can mix and match trails here, the Mill District Loop is a reliable 2.4 mile loop over a medley of footbridges, paved, and unpaved trails.
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Shevlin Park

Bend, OR

At over 600 acres, Shevlin Park is Bend’s largest park — and it has a great 6 mile loop curling around the rim of Tumalo Creek canyon. The park is 3 miles from Bend. Tumalo Creek rambles through the park with several foot bridges.
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Phil’s Trail System

Bend, OR

The local runners at FootZone recommend heading out on Phil’s Trail, which is the common name for a network of several trails that span a total of about 40 miles between Skyliners Road and Route 372. Starts about 4 miles west of Bend.
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Bend has a relatively dry climate with warm summers and cool winters. Average high temperatures in summer are in the low 80sF (27C), although nights cool off, into the high 40s (6C), even in July! In winter, the average high creeps into the low 40s (3C), while nightly lows dip into the mid-20s (-5C).

Bend gets 11 inches of rain a year, but less than 1 inch per month in summer. There are 23 inches of annual snowfall.

Runners should be prepared for winter running in Bend, especially outside the city on trail runs and at altitude. And even in summer, bring a layer for those cool evenings and mornings!

Check out Visit Bend for lodging opportunities.

STORES

FootZone is the local go to for gear, group runs, and advice. They’ve also mapped out several routes in the city and some of the trail runs farther afield. Group Runs nearly ever day. Information here.

GROUP RUNS

FootZone has group runs nearly every day. Information here.

If you are interested in connecting with a local running club check out either the Central Oregon Running Klub or the Central Oregon Track Club.

 

Visit Bend also keeps an ongoing list of running events.