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I did a drive from Bend to Eugene along Hwy 242, I believe. Deschutte NF is very dry (as you probably know) and a lot of the dirt roads off of the 242 are super easy but super dusty. There's a fair amount of burnt forest, too. But there is a skylight cave somewhere back in there that I went to and it was pretty neat.
Once you go up and over the pass through the lava fields on 242 you get to Willamette NF, which is amazing. I went to Hidden Lake and camped on this little side road that I think was this one: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=44.013867,-122.236648&hl=en&num=1&t=h&z=14. Hidden lake itself was a nice place to cool off and swim. They have big rafts moored at random spots that you can take out into the lake. It was a lot of fun!
It was super overgrown, and I don't think anyone had been down there for a while, so it was super secluded. The next day I just drove around on the fireroads up there. Once you get up to this junction: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=43.981575,-122.251153&hl=en&num=1&t=h&z=14 you can go pretty much anywhere and you'll have spectacular scenery.
Of course, all of these roads were active dirt fire/logging roads, so it was very easy, but not paved, so not as crowded. We probably saw like 5-10 other vehicles, most of which were near Cougar reservoir. If you're looking for offroad trails, look in deschutte. If you're looking for scenery, go to Willamette.
 
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