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Another favorite: a ten-mile loop out of Flat Iron Rock in the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, east of town.
“So few people go out there, and it’s great running,” says Alberg.
“The sand hardens in the rain, and it’s beautiful.” You’ve got options here, too.
Farther up the road, you’ll find Mount Bachelor’s bike park, where 13 miles of lift-accessed trails range from flowy greens to white-knuckle blacks.Right outside of town, there’s, well, everything: hundreds of miles of buff singletrack, world-class rock climbing, a kickass ski resort, beautiful peaks to hike, and alpine lakes to paddle and swim. Anchored by the award-winning and still family- and employee-owned Deschutes Brewery, there are now 22 craft breweries in town.It’s Oregon’s most active beer town, and it’s an incredibly awesome place to visit.If you’ve got a hankering for Thai, Noi Thai punches way above its weight, serving up deliciously complex curries and a traditional twist on Pad Thai. If you want to fit in with the locals, grab a drink with your Sunday brunch—the Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter and cold brew coffee concoction is a good go-to.
As for the rest of the day, do you go for a spin and check out the whitewater park or take a hike with your dog?It gets hot in summer so head out early to find meandering flat trails along the Crooked River or tackle the steep Misery Ridge and Summit Trail for a six-mile loop for views of the entire Central Oregon Cascades.