Steelhead Falls

Steelhead Falls ~ Family-Friendly Hike Close to Bend

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com The Great Outdoors

As you may be able to tell by my other “The Great Outdoors” write-ups, I have a passion for the many waterfalls within our beautiful state. Discovering new waterfalls for our family to explore is one of my favorite things to do. So it came as no surprise when my one request for Mother’s Day was to visit a new …

Add Proxy Falls to your Bend Bucket List!

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com The Great Outdoors

Proxy Falls is a stunning set of waterfalls located an hour and a half from Bend, over the Mackenzie Pass. The drive is equally amazing, passing through massive lava fields (50 square miles!) with captivating views of the Three Sisters on one side of the road… and Mt. Washington and Mt. Jefferson on the other… Once you reach the summit, …

Explore Paulina Peak and Paulina Falls

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com The Great Outdoors

If you have not yet made the trek out to the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, it is well worth the trip and something you should definitely add to your “Bend Bucket List”! This amazing area is located about an hour south of Bend, past Sunriver & La Pine.  Features include includes two lakes, East Lake and Paulina Lake, Paulina Peak, …

Hiking Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com The Great Outdoors

We had the most amazing experience hiking Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls recently. This little slice of heaven, located on the McKenzie River, is just an hour outside of Bend and well worth the drive! I’ve been wanting to visit this amazing place for a while, so I pulled out my handy-dandy Bend, Overall book, so we would know exactly where to …

Floating the River in Bend!

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com The Great Outdoors

Now that the new Passageway Channel is Open, I wanted to offer some tips for floating the river in Bend! One of the most popular summer activities in Bend is floating the river. On any given day, you will see the river full of tubes, paddle boards & kayaks. As many of you know the passageway channel recently re-opened for …

Lava Cast Forest

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com The Great Outdoors

The Lava Cast Forest is located just south of Bend and is not to be missed by locals & visitors alike. This area was formed when a lava flow overtook an old-growth forest and cooled to form casts of the trees that once stood there. The trail that runs through the area is a loop with several lookout points & …

Metolius River & Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery

Brenda@livingthebendlife.com The Great Outdoors

Spent the day exploring another beautiful area in Central Oregon…the Metolius River! The Turquoise Blue waters near the Wizard Falls Fish Hatchery were simply stunning! The kids enjoyed checking out all the fish at the Hatchery & feeding them with the food available from one of the many vending machines. Be sure to bring plenty of quarters as the kids …