While driving to Mt. Bachelor, Ms. Siri on our iphone took us to the Mt. Bachelor Village Resort instead of the actual mountain on our first try. Mt. Bachelor is a national park and so there is much less development on the mountain, including resorts. So, most of the accommodations are about 20-30 minutes from the mountain. It is necessary to rent a car.
But, thanks to this very minor mishap, we discovered an access point for the Deschutes River Trail. The trail system is very extensive and can lead to all kinds of wilderness, but we opted for an urban route that was close to town. There is a 2.5 mile loop that can easily be accomplished by using connecting bridges, but we did not realize this until after we left.
The trail is filled with local families, runners, and dog owners enjoying the scenic path that includes gorgeous views of the landmark river. Here is a link to a full map.
For our trek, we entered near the tennis courts at the Mt. Bachelor Village Resort and walked along the path before turning around. We did not realize that there were bridges ahead, but with a little more planning and better shoes, you can enjoy a lovely loop.