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.
Can someone give me pointers on where to go tomorrow at Rowher Flats? I’d like to make my way up to Bouquet but I’ll be alone in the 4Runner. Just tires and sliders. I need a detailed trails map if anyone can offer one.
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