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Winter Range Closures on the Deschutes

Graphic showing declining deer populations

Winter range is habitat deer and elk migrate to in order to find more favorable living conditions during the winter.  Winter range is found predominantly in lower elevations of central Oregon and is extremely important to mule deer survival. Winter ranges usually have minimal amounts of snow cover and provide vegetation for forage, hiding cover, and protection from the weather. In Oregon, mule deer migrate, often long distances, to lower elevations to escape or minimize exposure to snow cover. 

As human populations continue to grow and the ability to access more lands increases, disturbance in mule deer habitats increases. Expending energy or stopping feeding activities to avoid humans causes deer to use energy reserves that might be needed to get them through the harshness of winter. Animals respond better to disturbances that are predictable, so please respect winter closures on trails and roads.

West Bend Area: Trail, Road & Area Closures

The following closures are currently in place for the greater West Bend area trails 7 days/week:

  • Storm King between Storm King’s junction with Phil’s Trail and Grand Slam (MAP)
  • Dynah-Moe Humm Trail is closed starting at Edison SnoPark heading east approximately 2.2 miles to the junction of Forest Service Roads 4188-500 and 4188-300. (MAP)
  • REMOVED 11/22/21 - Phil’s Trail is closed between the 4601-336 Road and the 300 Road. Downhill riders can reroute around the Phil’s Trail closure by following the 4601-336 to the east and then taking the 300 road to the north to its intersection with Phil’s trail.
  • REMOVED 11/19/21 - Lower Whoops and Pine Drops are closed between the 310 road and the 300 road.  

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