Zach Collier: While driving from Hood River to Reno I decided to stop at the Little Deschutes River to drive up the canyon and go for a hike. This small river is much like nearby Marsh and Crescent Creeks, also National Wild and Scenic Rivers. It is a small meandering stream that flows through a marshy area among a high elevation forest. The Wild and Scenic section of the Little Deschutes River is different from Marsh and Crescent Creeks since it flows over pumice and through a classic glaciated valley. I saw quite a few other trucks on the dirt roads near the creek and as I was hiking along the creek saw quite a few deer.
OWSR No. 44: Little Deschutes River
- Begins near Mule Peak in the Mount Thielsen Wilderness
- From it’s source on Mule Peak it flows north 105 miles before joining the Deschutes River at Sunriver
- The Wild and Scenic corridor contains eroding deposits of pumice from the eruption of Mount Mazama
- Flows through a classic glacial canyon
The Little Deschutes River | Photo: Zach Collier
Celebrated by Zach Collier on September 21, 2018 by driving up the river canyon and hiking along its bank.